On Tuesday, May 24, Prince William Sound College announced Alyssa Kleissler as the new Cordova Extension Site Coordinator, a position held by Susan Harding for 21 years until her retirement. PWSC Director Dan O’Connor made the announcement and thanked Harding for his contributions: “After 21 years of commitment to Cordova, we are very grateful to you.
In attendance were community members and students from Kleissler’s Spanish classes. O’Connor expressed confidence in Kleissler’s assumption of responsibility.
“She’ll do just fine, she’s been teaching for us for a number of years and she’s done a great job,” O’Connor said. “I think she has a lot of excitement and enthusiasm.”
Harding echoed the sentiments about Kleissler.
“She’s going to be awesome, it’s going to be a good thing,” Harding said.
With 24 years of teaching experience, Kleissler knows what she would like to focus on.
“I’d like to work with students who aren’t necessarily college-bound but would like to get their associate’s degree or would like to open their own business,” Kleissler said. “I want to support entrepreneurs.
According to O’Connor, he sees huge opportunities in Cordova because of the different communities here and PWSC strives to serve and have a broader impact on the community. With community interest programs, enrichment classes, Alaska Native arts, teacher training programs and education related to the fishing industry, he believes a variety of offerings will serve well the community of Cordoba. The mission of Prince William Sound College is “to use its unique resources and beautiful landscape to enrich the lives of our students and our communities.”