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Bolstering adult education: Two SHS educators take on new roles

Friday, August 19, 2011

SIKESTON -- Two Sikeston High School teachers have taken on new roles in the R-6 district this school year and are now looking to bolster adult education in the community.

Making themselves at home at the Sikeston Career and Technology Center are Chad King, who is the new director, and Crystie Drake Ressel, the new adult and community education supervisor.

"We want students and other members of the community to know what we have to offer," King said about SCTC. "We have a lot more courses than they think."

King encouraged anyone interested in learning a skill to check with SCTC to see if it's offered there.

"If you're interested, and you don't find what you want, give us a call and let us know. We might be able to find someone to teach what you want," King said. "And if you have a skill and can teach it, let us know, and we might be able to offer a course on that."

Ressel agreed.

"We're looking for interest and want to know what courses people want to take," Ressel said. "... We would like to get lots of people on campus to better themselves by learning a skill -- or they can come out for social reasons, too."

Through SCTC, adults receive training that includes auto collision/auto body, auto mechanics, construction trades, culinary arts and graphic arts.

Long-term courses such as nursing, emergency medical technology and business/office technology are among the most popular.

However, many adults opt for the short-term courses which include computer and social networking education and personal enhancement courses such as dog obedience training, welding, oil pointing, cake decorating, company cooking and "football for moms."

For the past nine years, King has has taught earth science and college prep physics at Sikeston High School. He's also served as a track and football coach and the Bleacher Bums sponsor.

"It's a whole new world for me. I really like it," King said of his new job, which includes student supervision, budget issues and building management.

Ressel, who is in her 16th year with the district, also serves as a part-time government instructor at the high school. She has also served as the Student Council sponsor.

"Things are going very well," Ressel said. "The major change in my duties is that I'm responsible for getting teachers (to instruct the courses) and providing course offerings for our adults."

Meanwhile, the new administrators said they're looking forward to learning what the new school year brings.

For the entire story, see the Aug. 19 edition of the Standard Democrat or click here to log on to the electronic edition.