Prince William Sound College Announces Appointment of New Site Coordinator

Superintendent of Schools Alex Russin, Susan Harding, PWSC Principal Dan O’Connor and Alyssa Kleissler gather for the announcement that Kleissler will replace retired Susan Harding as Site Coordinator for Prince William Sound College on Tuesday 24 May 2022. Jane Spencer/The Cordoba Timetables

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.

Alyssa Kleissler with her ‘Spanish Superstars 1’, left to right, Arianna Ryan, Sam Pulido, Liz Heidbrink, Maggie Herschleb, Alyssa Kleissler, Shelby Glasen and Alayna Goss. Jane Spencer/The Cordova Times

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.”