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June 30, 2009
Dr. Carla Mebane has joined the Northwest Outreach team as coordinator for alternative certification and dual credit.
Mebane holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's degree in education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. Prior to coming to Northwest, she spent ten years teaching in the North Kansas City School District. Her research interests include effective instructional techniques for teaching diverse populations and multicultural education.
Most recently, Mebane was an assistant professor at William Jewell College, where she taught educational psychology, school and society, and U.S. pluralism as well as supervising student teachers and conducting the Student Teaching Seminar.
In summer 2004, Mebane was named program coordinator for Challenge U, a residential college program developed in partnership with Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Consisting of a series of five-day summer sessions on the Northwest campus, the pilot program was designed for middle school and high school students from the urban cores of Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. Its purpose was to introduce young people from low-income backgrounds to a campus environment while demonstrating to them that earning a college degree is an achievable goal.
Mebane also served as a supervisor and teacher for Northwest's nationally recognized Urban Education Program in the Kansas City (Mo.) Public School District and filled a similar role with the University's Alternative Certification program. She succeeds Vicki Geist as Northwest Outreach's lead administrator for alternative certification and dual credit.
Northwest Outreach provides accredited education and business programs at sites located across Missouri, including the Northwest Kansas City Center in Liberty and the Northwest St. Joseph Center. For a complete list of sites and programs, go to www.nwmissouri.edu/kc/.
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