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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPECIAL EVENING PROGRAMS PAVE WAY FOR GRADUATION OF SIX AREA ADULTS

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 14, 2003 – Thanks to evening classes and two special programs, six working adults from across the area will graduate Saturday from Southeast Missouri State University.

The six completed studies through the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology and will receive associate of applied science degrees in computer technology with an option in automated manufacturing.

“We have worked hard to meet the needs of students in our region,” said Dr. Randy Shaw, dean of the School of Polytechnic Studies and interim dean of Extended Learning. “These students were able to complete programs in the evening as a result of the department’s special programming for working adult students. We congratulate them on their persistence and their desire to earn a degree while also juggling their workplace responsibilities.”

The six are Shane Callow of Scott City, Mo.; Richard Keser of Jackson, Mo.; Charles Hileman and James Price, both of Sikeston, Mo.; Scott Holmes of Oran, Mo.; and Doug Davis of Jackson, Mo.

Four of the students participated in a cohort group, taking six hours every fall, spring and summer semester over a period of four years. Their courses met on rotating nights each week in order to accommodate the rotating shifts of several local industries – Proctor & Gamble and Nordenia. Additionally, several of the students are employed with Allen Wire and Automation Services Co.

Several of the students participated in a cooperative program with Three Rivers Community College (TRCC) at the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center (SAHEC). The group took courses through both TRCC and Southeast , with the majority or their classes being held at SAHEC. A few of their courses were held on the Southeast campus because of the specialized labs required as part of the curriculum.

“The completion of these programs by these students took a great deal of commitment and, at times, sacrifice, for them and their families,” said Kim Madigan, coordinator of special programs and services for the School of Polytechnic Studies. “We wish them the best in their future endeavors and are hopeful their advanced knowledge will benefit our area industry.”

 

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