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ECC Awarded $1.2 Million Grant from Dept. of Commerce

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced Friday (September 11) that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.2 million grant to East Central College.  The funds will be used to create the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Workforce Training adjacent to ECC’s main campus in Union. “We are thrilled to receive this federal grant to assist with the renovation of our facility,” noted ECC President Jon Bauer.  “These grant funds, combined with institutional resources and money we plan to raise ... Read more

SCC steps up, delivers financial support to students

Funding a college education isn’t without its challenges for Galadriel House, a single mother and St. Charles Community College (SCC) student. SCC’s financial literacy tools have made it a whole lot easier. As the country emerges from years of financial crisis and mounting student debt, it is more important than ever for college students to learn how to manage their money, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. Leading the way in educating students like Galadriel, SCC implemented SALT, an educational program ... Read more

STLCC Dental Assisting Graduates Rank Highest on National Boards

For the second straight year, the scaled scores of St. Louis Community College graduates who took the Dental Assisting National Boards (DANB) ranked the highest in the nation. This past May, all eight graduates of the Dental Assisting program passed the exams to earn Certified Dental Assisting (CDA) certification. The eight students were Kristen Apken (St. Louis, MO), Katie Coots (O’Fallon, MO), Brandi Feather (Bowling Green, MO), Lauren Friedmeyer (Festus, MO), Ingrid Reimann (Florissant, MO), Maria Reinhart (St. Louis, MO), Tiffany Stegall (Bonne Terre, MO) and Jessica Wibracht ... Read more

Social justice is the theme for SCC’s Democracy Days, Sept. 14-17

Race, justice and community are subjects at the heart of SCC Democracy Days 2015 being held Monday-Thursday, Sept. 14-17, on the campus of St. Charles Community College. The sessions are free and open to the public, and many of them this year reflect the issues raised in the year since community of Ferguson, Mo., galvanized international attention. Democracy Days’ mission is “to examine the history, health and functioning of democracy in America and abroad.” The multi-day forum has been held annually at ... Read more

STLCC Hosts Events in Support of Ferguson

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. and to provide ongoing support to the Ferguson community, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley hosted two events designed to highlight solutions and positive change. On Aug. 7, the college welcomed the St. Louis County branch of the NAACP for the Ferguson First Friday Brunch, as well as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the Ferguson Commission. At the brunch, city leaders and law enforcement discussed progress made in the community since last August. ... Read more

Regional Talent Development Issues Are Focus of St. Louis Workforce Report

St. Louis Community College recently presented the seventh annual State of the St. Louis Workforce Report, highlighting key talent development issues for the region. The report, compiled by the college’s Workforce Solutions Group, includes an employer survey that tracks trends in employment, highlights hiring practices and gauges employers’ perceptions on a range of workforce issues. It also includes the results of a focus group of economically disadvantaged individuals participating in local training and education programs. The report outlines continued improvement in hiring ... Read more

STLCC Receives Major Funding from U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded St. Louis Community College more than $3 million in funding to support three Student Support Services projects under the department’s TRIO program. The TRIO program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and works to motivate students to graduate. Each award is for five years (2015-20) and will benefit students through academic and support services at three St. Louis Community College campuses: Florissant Valley – $231,102 annually, $1,155,510 total Forest Park – $213,180 ... Read more

SCC students recognized by Missouri Campus Compact

St. Charles Community College students Melissa Sigillito and Kimberly Davis received recognition for achieving the Community Contributor and Community Changer distinction, respectively, this spring as part of the Semester of Service Program established by Missouri Campus Compact. “We are proud to recognize Ms. Sigillito and Ms. Davis for their initiative to electively engage in volunteer service and expand her knowledge of civic and social responsibility,” said Tabitha Underwood, Ph.D., executive director of Missouri Campus Compact. Missouri Campus Compact seeks to educate students in ... Read more

Chesbrough takes on leadership role with MCCA

Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., president of St. Charles Community College, began his service as chair of the Missouri Community College Association’s Presidents/Chancellors Council starting July 1. MCCA is an individual membership organization dedicated to professional development and advocacy for community college students, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees. “MCCA is a vital vehicle for promoting the importance of community colleges and higher education in Missouri,” said Chesbrough. “I’m pleased to serve MCCA and community college students throughout Missouri.” The chair provides leadership for the Association and ... Read more

SCC recognized with top honors at PBL National Leadership Conference

More than 1,600 college students traveled to the Chicago to showcase their talents as future business leaders and vie for the opportunity to win more than $81,000 in cash awards. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), held its PBL National Leadership Conference in Chicago June 24-27. Participants from across the United States attended the conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events. St. Charles Community College students Maria Pizzo ... Read more
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