Missouri Community College Association http://mccatoday.org Advocacy for Missouri's public two-year institutions Fri, 22 May 2015 17:03:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 STLCC to Receive EPA Grant to Recruit, Train and Place Workers in Green Environmental Jobs http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/stlcc-to-receive-epa-grant-to-recruit-train-and-place-workers-in-green-environmental-jobs/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/stlcc-to-receive-epa-grant-to-recruit-train-and-place-workers-in-green-environmental-jobs/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 17:03:18 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9855 St. Louis Community College has been selected to receive a $192,300 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to recruit, train and place local unemployed and underemployed individuals in full-time sustainable green jobs in a range of environmental fields.

The grant comes from the EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program.

Announcement of the grant was made today by Mathy Stanislaus, EPA assistant administrator in the agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, during his remarks to the most recent group of 10 new graduates from STLCC’s Environmental Remediation Job Training program.

This is the fifth time STLCC has received funding from the EPA grant program since 2000. Since receiving its first grant, STLCC has successfully trained 310 program graduates, more than 75 percent of whom have been placed in the local job market in specialized “in-demand” positions, such as Superfund site cleanup, ecological restoration, and lead and asbestos abatement at brownfields remediation projects. Their average hourly wage is $15.70.

The EPA grant to STLCC for fiscal year 2015 will allow the college to recruit and train another 69 students through its program, with a goal of placing at least 55 graduates in full-time green jobs.

Speaking today to the latest group of program graduates, their families and special guests, Stanislaus commended their academic success while crediting strong support to STLCC’s program from partners throughout the greater St. Louis community. That support comes from non-profit groups, labor organizations, local governments and private sector employers.

“At EPA, we review our grant applicants and make our project funding decisions based on three general principles,” Stanislaus said. “We consider the likelihood that graduates will obtain employment, and we also support projects backed by strong public-private partnerships, and projects with diverse community-based organization and employer involvement. I am pleased to say that St. Louis enjoys an overarching level of success in all three of these criteria. Together as partners, you do so much to support job opportunity and community revitalization.”

Graduates of the STLCC program complete a six-week course in which they receive 224 hours of core training in a broad spectrum of environmental job skills, ranging from hazardous waste remediation to construction safety to stormwater management. Students earn a total of 19 federal, state or college-level certifications that help them qualify for employment in a variety of environmental fields.

Since EPA launched the EWDJT grant program in 1998, it has funded 256 grants totaling more than $54 million. Nationwide, more than 13,800 individuals have completed training, and of those, more than 10,000 have secured employment in environmental fields. The program targets its training and job placement assistance for low-income unemployed and underemployed individuals in rural and urban communities with areas historically affected by blight, economic disinvestment, and solid and hazardous waste sites.

The EWDJT program is one of EPA’s premier community-based grant programs that highlight the agency’s commitment to advancing environmental justice.

For more information about EPA’s EWDJT grants, visit http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/job.htm.

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SCC holds 27th annual commencement exercises; CEO and president of United Way of Greater St. Louis Orv Kimbrough speaks to graduates http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/scc-holds-27th-annual-commencement-exercises/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/scc-holds-27th-annual-commencement-exercises/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 20:23:47 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9846 Orv Kimbrough, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis, gave the keynote address at St. Charles Community College during its 27th annual commencement on May 16.

Orv Kimbrough, CEO and president of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, addresses graduates at SCC’s 27th commencement on May 16.

Orv Kimbrough, CEO and president of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, addresses graduates at SCC’s 27th commencement on May 16.

“As I think about what makes us successful human beings, in addition to work ethic and the ability to challenge ourselves to be better, we must have faith – a belief in ourselves and beyond ourselves that compels us to jump even when we are afraid,” said keynote speaker Orv Kimbrough, CEO and president of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Kimbrough shared his personal story including his educational journey, which included three lessons: “1) It is important to take risks; 2) It is important to jump even when you are unsure of how and where you are going to land; and 3) Scars are a natural part of life. If you look closely, we all have them. What will you do with your scars?”

Student representative Stephanie Kuhn addressed the crowd of 1,500 graduates, faculty, relatives and friends at SCC’s 27th commencement on May 16.

Student representative Stephanie Kuhn addressed the crowd of 1,500 graduates, faculty, relatives and friends at SCC’s 27th commencement on May 16.

Also addressing a crowd of 1,500 graduates, faculty, relatives and friends was student representative Stephanie Kuhn. Kuhn graduated with an Associate of Arts degree with highest honors, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and plans to transfer to a four-year institution.

In her address, she described the graduates with one word – finishers. “My wish for all of us is that we’ll never be void of the personal desire to succeed. That we’ll believe in what we choose to do and make it our goal to follow what we believe in,” she said.

This year saw more SCC students graduating than in any other year – 953.

Of the 245 graduates who received honors distinctions, 30 received Highest Honors, 100 received High Honors and 115 received Honors distinctions.

SCC 2015 Distinguished Alum recipient and executive director and CEO for the Missouri Community College Association Rob Dixon addressed the crowd at the college’s 27th commencement on May 16.

SCC 2015 Distinguished Alum recipient and executive director and CEO for the Missouri Community College Association Rob Dixon addressed the crowd at the college’s 27th commencement on May 16.

During the commencement ceremony, the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Rob Dixon, executive director and CEO for the Missouri Community College Association. Kasey McKee, SCC vice president for college advancement and planning, presented the award.

Presiding over the commencement ceremony was Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., SCC president. Rose Mack, president of the SCC Board of Trustees, and Chris Breitmeyer, vice president for academic and student affairs assisted with the conferring of degrees and certificates. The SCC Concert Band, directed by Dave Dickey, and the SCC Signers and Show Choir, directed by Gene Ditch, provided music. The Commencement Marshal was Vicky Herbel, associate professor of sociology. Ushers included cadets from the Eastern Missouri Police Academy, student organizations and college staff.

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit stchas.edu.

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STLCC Hosts Info Sessions about New Programs at Wildwood Campus http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/stlcc-hosts-info-sessions-about-new-programs-at-wildwood-campus/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/stlcc-hosts-info-sessions-about-new-programs-at-wildwood-campus/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:44:26 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9843 travel-clipartPeople who are interested in careers in the fields of hospitality and criminal justice can learn more at two special information sessions offered at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood in June.

The campus recently has added courses to its schedule that will lead to a certificate in travel and tourism, an associate degree in hospitality and tourism with a focus on hotel management, or a degree or certificate in criminal justice.

The travel and tourism/hotel management session will be held 6-8 p.m. on June 3, and the criminal justice session will be held 6-8 p.m. on June 10. Both will be conducted in the Multipurpose Room at the campus, 2645 Generations Drive in Wildwood, near the intersection of Hwy. 109 and Manchester Road.

At each of the information sessions, attendees will hear firsthand from a panel of employees in the industry.  Program coordinators and instructors also will be on hand to provide information about the sequence of courses and how to get enrolled.

“West St. Louis County is a mecca for the hospitality industry,” said Patrick Vaughn, vice president for academic affairs at the campus. “With so much growth in this area, it made sense to offer the courses at the Wildwood campus in addition to our Forest Park campus.”

The Wildwood campus joins the Forest Park, Florissant Valley and Meramec campuses in offering courses for the criminal justice degree and certificate.

“The faculty who will be teaching at Wildwood hold the same professional and educational credentials as those who teach criminal justice anywhere else in the region. We have active police officers, detectives, corrections professionals and federal agents,” said Michael Hepner, assistant professor and coordinator of the Criminal Justice program at Meramec and Wildwood.

The courses for both areas will be offered in a specific sequence from semester to semester, allowing students to complete their goals on the Wildwood campus.

The information sessions will only be offered once this summer, and classes will begin this fall. For more information, visit stlcc.edu/ww or call 636-422-2014.

 

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SCC students honored as Missouri Campus Compact Community Changers http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/scc-students-honored-as-missouri-campus-compact-community-changers/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/scc-students-honored-as-missouri-campus-compact-community-changers/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 20:51:59 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9839 St. Charles Community College students Maria Pizzo and Etedal Kaid received recognition for achieving the Community Changer distinction as part of the Semester of Service Program established by Missouri Campus Compact.

“We are proud to recognize Ms. Pizzo and Ms. Kaid for their work to engage with the community and build lives of civic and social responsibility,” said Tabitha Underwood, Ph.D., executive director of Missouri Campus Compact.

Missouri Campus Compact seeks to educate students in civic and social responsibility by encouraging them to give their time and talents in service to the public good.  The Semester of Service Program provides a venue to showcase and celebrate student achievement in community engagement. “Each year we are inspired by the students’ willingness to give their time and talents to impact their communities,” said Underwood.

2015 SCC graduate and Missouri Campus Compact Community Changer, Maria Pizzo

2015 SCC graduate and Missouri Campus Compact Community Changer, Maria Pizzo

Maria used the A+ Program to kick-start her college education at SCC. “I just figured SCC would give me a great foundation,” said Maria.

Maria said she quickly discovered becoming involved at SCC offered her much more than just a foundation for her education. It provided her the opportunity to gain real life experience.

“My absolute favorite part about SCC is all of the student activities and opportunities on campus,” said Maria, whose roles on campus included president of Phi Beta Lambda, vice president of Student Senate, member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and a blogger at stchas.edu/blogs.

Maria completed a total of 47 hours of volunteer service during the fall 2014 semester. She volunteered at a number of service activities throughout the semester and represented SCC while visiting area high schools.

“It’s important to become involved in your community,” said Maria. “It’s fun and rewarding. Even a small contribution can make a huge difference in the eyes of someone else.” In May, Maria graduated with high honors and an Associate of Arts degree from SCC. She plans to transfer to Southeast Missouri State University.

2015 SCC graduate and Missouri Campus Compact Community Changer, Etedal Kaid

2015 SCC graduate and Missouri Campus Compact Community Changer, Etedal Kaid

Etedal also used a scholarship to start her education at SCC. As an SCC Foundation and Board of Trustees scholarship recipient, Etedal studied accounting and finance. She chose SCC over other colleges because she wanted to earn her degree debt-free.

Etedal said she was up for a challenge when she decided to start dedicating her free time to community service.

“Taking part in volunteering has taught me compassion and understanding,” said Etedal. “One of my favorite things about community service is that there are always opportunities and choices around you.”

Etedal completed a total of 88 hours of volunteer service during the semester. She volunteered in the Child Development Center on campus and tutored at the Al-man Saturday School, and participated in a number of other service activities.

In May, Etedal earned an Associate of Arts degree with high honors from SCC. She has plans to receive her bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University.

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STLCC-Meramec Student Wins National Technical Honor Society Scholarship http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/stlcc-meramec-student-wins-national-technical-honor-society-scholarship/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/stlcc-meramec-student-wins-national-technical-honor-society-scholarship/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 20:17:57 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9834 STLCC-Meramec President Pam McIntyre (left) presents the National Technical Honor Society Scholarship to Nawarat Jirasophin (center). Also pictured is Diana Johnson, the campus NTHS sponsor.

STLCC-Meramec President Pam McIntyre (left) presents the National Technical Honor Society Scholarship to Nawarat Jirasophin (center). Also pictured is Diana Johnson, the campus NTHS sponsor.

St. Louis Community College-Meramec student Nawarat Jirasophin has won the National Technical Honor Society Jon H. Poteat Scholarship worth $1,000.

Jirasophin graduated this spring with a 4.0 grade-point average, earning a Certificate of Specialization in Computer Accounting Technology. She will return to STLCC to complete her associate degree in accounting.

According to the National Technical Honor Society website, the Jon H. Poteat scholarship is awarded to NTHS members who consistently exemplify the seven character attributes of the NTHS: Skill, Honesty, Service, Responsibility, Scholarship, Citizenship and Leadership. As of 2014, the NTHS serves more than 80,000 members.

This year, 175 scholarships were awarded nationwide. 

Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States. STLCC has four campuses – Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood – that annually serve nearly 70,000 students through credit courses, continuing education and workforce development programs.  For more information about STLCC, visit www.stlcc.edu.

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Niemann, Triska and Miller Inducted into STLCC Hospitality Studies Wall of Fame http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/niemann-triska-and-miller-inducted-into-stlcc-hospitality-studies-wall-of-fame/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/niemann-triska-and-miller-inducted-into-stlcc-hospitality-studies-wall-of-fame/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 14:31:53 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9827 Wall of Fame inductees are, from left, Dan Triska, Reed Miller and Sam Niemann.

Wall of Fame inductees are, from left, Dan Triska, Reed Miller and Sam Niemann.

Three chefs who have blazed a culinary trail across some of St. Louis’ best-known kitchens were inducted into the St. Louis Community College Hospitality Studies Wall of Fame.

Sam Niemann, Dan Triska and Reed Miller were inducted during a special ceremony May 14 on the Forest Park campus.

The Wall of Fame recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the local culinary industry. It is located inside the Jack E. Miller Hospitality Studies Center at STLCC-Forest Park. Niemann and Triska were inducted as alumni, and Miller was inducted as a Patron of Education.

Niemann recognized his passion for the culinary world at an early age. He studied culinary arts at STLCC-Forest Park, where he graduated in 1988 from the Chefs/Cooks Apprenticeship program. Niemann then attended the Culinary Institute of America for additional training, where he learned his unique style.

Over the years, Niemann has worked under influential chefs of the St. Louis culinary profession. Niemann spent seven years at St. Louis Country Club and four years as chef tourant at the Bogey Club. Niemann accepted the position of corporate executive chef with Anheuser-Busch in 1993. Working with the finest beers and the best local products available is the essence of Niemann’s cuisine, allowing the natural flavors of the food, enhanced by quality beers to express themselves. Niemann’s recipe development is a large part of his current responsibility. He is proud to say that several of his recipes have been published.

Triska started in the food service industry 1973 via the Explorer Scouts, sponsored by the Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis and Laclede Gas. He graduated from the STLCC-Forest Park Chefs/Cooks Apprenticeship program in 1980, and continued on to earn his associate in applied science degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management in 1981.

In a career that has spanned more than 42 years, Triska worked his way up from pot washer to owner, filling every role in between on the journey. Before opening Triska’s “A Taste of Class” Catering in 1989, he served stints at Slimmery, Grape Expectations, Chase Park Plaza, as executive sous chef at the St. Louis Club and chef tourant at the Saint Louis Country Club. He also returned to STLCC-Forest Park as an instructor, teaching Chef Practicum 1 and 2, lecture and lab, and Baking and Meal Planning.

“Thank the people who have helped you,” Triska said. “Look them in the eye and be genuine.”

Miller’s culinary career began at Boucair’s in St. Louis after a time as a Social Security disability counselor. Discovering that food preparation was more exciting than office work, Miller advanced to become chef at the Crest House and was accepted into the Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis.

He furthered his career with stints at Old Warson Country Club, the Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Marriott Hotels, and was asked to teach classes as an adjunct instructor at STLCC-Forest Park. He began teaching full time in 1980 and advanced to associate professor while taking students to numerous local, regional and national culinary competitions.

Miller’s culinary career was punctuated by his election as Chef of the Year by the Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis in 1982. He served several years on the board of directors, and was elected president in 1985. Miller was an active participant in bringing the Jack E. Miller Hospitality Center at STLCC-Forest Park to fruition before his retirement in 2002.

For more information about the Hospitality and Culinary Arts programs at STLCC, visit www.stlcc.edu/programs.

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ECC Dedicates Donald D. Shook Student Center http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/ecc-dedicates-donald-d-shook-student-center/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/ecc-dedicates-donald-d-shook-student-center/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 16:28:58 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9818 Dr. Don Shook (left) and Jim Perry (right) unveil the plaque for the Donald D. Shook Student Center during the May 16 commencement and dedication ceremony on ECC's  Union campus.   Shook, founding president of East Central College, delivered the address at the 45th annual spring commencement.

Dr. Don Shook (left) and Jim Perry (right) unveil the plaque for the Donald D. Shook Student Center at ECC’s May 16 commencement and dedication ceremony. Shook, founding president of East Central College, delivered the address at the 45th annual spring commencement.

As a part of the 45th annual spring commencement May 16, East Central College renamed the Multipurpose Building the Donald D. Shook Student Center.

In March of this year ECC trustees voted to rename the building to honor Shook for his significant, lasting and measurable impact on the college. He led the college from 1968 to 1986, the longest tenure of any president in the 47 year history of the college.

During his 18 year administration, Shook was responsible for the establishment and growth of the permanent campus in Union which included construction of four major campus buildings. More than 23,000 students attended the college over that period.

Attending the ceremony were Shook’s wife, June; their sons, Greg and John; daughters-in-law and three of the five Shook grandchildren.

Completed prior to the start of the 1973 fall semester, the Multipurpose Building was constructed with funds from a $1.2 million no tax increase bond issue approved by district voters in May, 1971. The college also received more than $800,000 in grant funds for the project from the Higher Education Facilities Act.

The building was constructed to house classrooms, offices, multi-use areas, locker rooms and the gymnasium for the English, music, speech and physical education departments. A remodeling project in 1998 allowed for expansion. The facility now also houses the cafeteria, bookstore, human resources, fitness center and classrooms.

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Outdoor summer movie series and Food Truck Frolic to kick off May 29 at SCC http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/outdoor-summer-movie-series-and-food-truck-frolic-to-kick-off-may-29-at-scc/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/outdoor-summer-movie-series-and-food-truck-frolic-to-kick-off-may-29-at-scc/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 19:36:27 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9811 14-0926-SAO-MovieNight-040 13-56-36

The St. Charles Community College Friends & Alumni and Student Activities are pairing up to host the fourth annual outdoor summer movie series at SCC. All of the movie nights are free and open to the public.

Back by popular demand, Food Truck Frolic will be held in the college’s blue parking lot from 5:30-8 p.m. in conjunction with the movie series. Movies will be shown at sundown on Fridays on the lawn outside the Technology Building. Free visitor parking is available in the orange lot at the SCC North Entrance located on Mid Rivers Mall Dr.

“We love hosting events that bring the entire community together on our campus,” said Mandi Smith, SCC student activities coordinator. “This evening offers fun for the whole family without breaking the budget.”

OUTDOOR SUMMER MOVIE SERIES SCHEDULE:

  • Friday, May 29: “Big Hero 6”
  • Friday, June 26: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
  • Friday, July 24: “Home”
  • Friday, Aug. 28: “Guardians of the Galaxy”
  • Friday, Sept. 25: “Inside Out”

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and food. Free popcorn will be provided, and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. The rain location is the College Center gymnasium, accessible from the yellow lot near the campus Southwest Entrance.

For more information, contact Mandi Smith at 636-922-8469 or asmith@stchas.edu.

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Senator Roy Blunt Delivers Commencement Address at North Central Missouri College http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/senator-roy-blunt-delivers-commencement-address-at-north-central-missouri-college/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/senator-roy-blunt-delivers-commencement-address-at-north-central-missouri-college/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 16:06:44 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9803 Roy Blunt-Neil Nuttall

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Susanne Nuttall, and Dr. Neil Nuttall, President North Central Missouri College

Commencement exercises for graduates of North Central Missouri College in Trenton were held on Saturday, May 9 at the Ketcham Community Center.

The Honorable Roy Blunt, United States Senator, was the Commencement Speaker for the morning ceremony.  Building on a background as a public servant, university president, and teacher, United States Senator Roy Blunt was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. Blunt serves as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. He also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee; the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He is the Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.

Senator Blunt described the event as a “non-debatable great moment” for the graduates and referred to NCMC as a primary example of the outstanding community college model in the state of Missouri.

NCMC hosted two Commencement ceremonies as large numbers of graduates have prompted the College to move to dual events. The morning ceremony focused on all candidates for degrees or certificates in non-allied-health areas, including those for Associate in Arts, Associate in General Studies, Associate in Arts in Teaching, and various other two-year degree and certificate programs.

The afternoon ceremony focused on all candidates for degrees or certificates in allied health including those for nursing, health care management, medical assistant, EMT/paramedic, radiology technology, physical therapy assistant, medical laboratory technology, occupational therapy assistant, medical insurance and billing, and pharmacy technician.

Gary Jordan, Chief Executive Officer with Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, provided the Commencement Address for the afternoon program.

NCMC President Dr. Neil Nuttall noted that the youngest of the graduates was Mason Alley, a Galt High School senior, graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree, while the oldest graduate, Susan Maxwell of Maryville, received a certificate in pharmacy tech.

A total of 450 diplomas and certificates were awarded to 427 graduates.

Student Senate President Sara Miles delivered the Evocation for both ceremonies and Board of Trustees President Christopher Hoffman gave the alumni welcoming stating, “”I’ve been doing this for 30 years. What hasn’t changed is the high quality of education at NCMC. On behalf of all the alumni, I congratulate you.”

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WESP Scholarships Help STLCC-Florissant Valley Students http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/wesp-scholarships-help-stlcc-florissant-valley-students/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/05/wesp-scholarships-help-stlcc-florissant-valley-students/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 19:27:01 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9795 Christina Rose

Christina Rose

At age 34, Christina Rose decided to better herself so she could find decent employment.

After obtaining her GED in 2011, Rose enrolled at St. Louis Community College unsure about her major. She was interested in the sciences but couldn’t decide. After taking some general courses, Rose decided to pursue biotechnology.

“Biotechnology is a fast-growing science. With a degree in biotechnology, I can have several different employment options,” she said.

As a single mother, Rose’s biggest challenge was obtaining the funds to not only pay for school, but also to support her family. Rose found out about the YWCA Women’s Economic Stability Partnership (WESP) scholarship from Carla Jordan, Career and Technical Education Transition Specialist at STLCC.

Rose had approached Jordan about applying for the displaced homemaker scholarship, because she wanted aid to cover the life science laboratory assistant courses. She then discovered that the scholarship would not cover any of these courses, and Jordan suggested applying for the YWCA WESP scholarship instead.

Based on YWCA WESP criteria, two career and technical education students from the Florissant Valley campus met their initial requirements. Rose and Rachel Festervand received the scholarships in August 2014.

“The YWCA WESP is an intensive, multi-year program for single, female heads-of-households to improve their long-term earning capability through education with an emphasis on non-traditional vocations for women,” said Genevieve Friedmann, life coach and case manager at YWCA Metro St. Louis.

Non-traditional occupations include automotive technology, architecture, biotechnology, culinary arts, construction management technology, computer integrated manufacturing, criminal justice, electrical/electronic engineering technology, horticulture, information systems, mechanical engineering technology and network engineering.

The goal for the scholarship is to reduce barriers single mothers face while enrolled in school. The scholarship pays for students to complete an associate degree and wrap around services such as childcare, transportation as well as one-on-one life coaching.

“I love the scholarship because it is a comprehensive scholarship. The YWCA WESP looks at the whole educational experience rather than just the financial aspect,” said Jordan.

“The scholarship has been extremely beneficial to me in several ways,” Rose said.

Besides lifting a large amount of financial stress, Rose also has access to a personal life coach with whom she meets regularly. She attends group meetings and learns about success tools.

“I am very thankful to Ms. Jordan for informing me about this scholarship,” Rose said. “The scholarship has relieved my stress and made it possible for me to focus on my academic endeavors.”

Rose has completed the life science laboratory assistant program certificate and is working toward an associate degree in biotechnology. She plans to graduate in spring 2016. In the future, Rose hopes to work with bioenergy at a non-profit organization.

“The certificate prepared me to work in entry-level positions in laboratories,” she said. “I am currently seeking part-time employment for summer. My instructors in the biotechnology program keep me updated on employment opportunities in my field.”

When she is not studying, Rose likes spending time with her children.

“My children are my one source of inspiration,” she said. “I want to be the best I can be for them.”

 

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