Missouri Community College Association http://mccatoday.org Advocacy for Missouri's public two-year institutions Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:49:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 St. Charles Community College named as a 2015 Top Workplace by St. Louis Post-Dispatch http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/st-charles-community-college-named-as-a-2015-top-workplace-by-st-louis-post-dispatch/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/st-charles-community-college-named-as-a-2015-top-workplace-by-st-louis-post-dispatch/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:19:09 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=10018 Officials as St. Charles Community College are pleased to announce that the college has been selected as one of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces for the third year in a row.

“This award is a notable affirmation of the work environment at SCC,” said Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., SCC president. “SCC continues to have dedicated and experienced faculty and staff who provide a quality education for our students and meet the needs of all those they serve.”

PrintThe Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 45 major publishing partners across the United States.

SCC’s highest rated factor was in the execution category, with results from a survey showing employees believe the college does things efficiently and well, new ideas are encouraged, inter-departmental cooperation is good and senior managers understand what is really happening at SCC. SCC was one of only 100 companies of all types and sizes selected as a Top Workplace in the St. Louis metropolitan region.

The Post-Dispatch published the complete list of Top Workplaces on June 28. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, visit topworkplaces.com and workplacedynamics.com.

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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SCC now offering 24-week programming certificate option http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/programming-certificate/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/programming-certificate/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:57:52 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9999 Starting this August, students will have the opportunity to earn a tuition free Certificate of Specialization in Programming in just six months thanks to St. Charles Community College’s new accelerated program and MoSTEMWINs.

“Unlike our yearlong, full-time traditional certificate programs, this program can be completed in half the time while maintaining our high academic standards,” said Rex McKanry, SCC assistant professor of computer science. “Few computer science programs allow students to earn industry certification*, a college certificate and college credit from an accredited college or university all at once, but this one does.”

McKanry began exploring what it would take to offer an accelerated certificate program after reading the article “How to Become a Computer Programmer in Less Than Six Months” by Susan Galer in Forbes.

“In less than six months, working 20 hours a week, a person who has no computer knowledge can get to a level of qualification for a job as a computer programmer,” according to Jim McKelvey, co-founder of LaunchCode and Square, who was quoted in the article.

“I thought, why can’t we offer something like that at SCC?” said McKanry. “So, we made it happen.”

Classes will be held at SCC on evenings and weekends to cater to working professionals interested in brushing up their skillset or switching career paths.

“This innovative certificate will offer students skills that are very much in demand, whether they are unemployed or underemployed and looking for a new job or whether they are already employed but looking to update their skills in order to increase their value to their employer,” said John Bookstaver, SCC dean of business, science, education, math and computer science.

MoSTEMWINs-LogoThe program will provide students with a foundation in software development and popular programming languages, Java and JavaScript. It will introduce them to project life-cycle concepts, database development and queries, logical thinking to resolve problems through software development and their role as a team member for major IT projects.

Qualified students may be selected for funding assistance through the MoSTEMWINs grant and given the opportunity to complete the program tuition free.

“Our goal is to develop a well-equipped workforce. We strive to help area businesses and job seekers succeed and excel,” said Amanda Sizemore, dean of Corporate & Community Development at SCC. “The collaboration between MoSTEMWINs and SCC’s new accelerated program falls right in line with that mission.”

Seats are expected to fill quickly due to the limited space availability. Individuals interested in learning more about this program should call 636-922-8474 or visit our website at stchas.edu/degrees-certificates/Programming-CS.

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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*Student must pass Oracle certification exams to earn certifications.

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Community supports SCC’s sixth annual Rhythm and Ribs fundraiser, raising $41,500 http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/community-supports-sccs-sixth-annual-rhythm-and-ribs-fundraiser-raising-41500/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/community-supports-sccs-sixth-annual-rhythm-and-ribs-fundraiser-raising-41500/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:42:02 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9988 More than 1,150 friends and neighbors packed the St. Charles Community College campus for the sixth annual Rhythm and Ribs fundraiser on June 4. Ticket sales, raffle and donations raised more than $41,500. Proceeds will support scholarships and academic program enhancements at SCC.

“Each year our campus and our community members pull together to make this event a success,” said Betsy Schneider, director of development at SCC. “We appreciate the support and generosity to help provide scholarships and academic program enhancements for SCC students.”

Dr. Zhivegas entertains the crowd during the sixth annual Rhythm and Ribs fundraiser on June 4 at St. Charles Community College.

Dr. Zhivegas entertains the crowd during the sixth annual Rhythm and Ribs fundraiser on June 4 at St. Charles Community College.

Dr. Zhivegas performed live on the main stage, preceded by the SCC Jazz Big Band and a rhythm revue hour featuring performances by Deja Edwards and Matt Wynn. Both Edwards and Wynn are SCC students and/or alumni. Wynn won the college’s “SCC Idol” competition in 2013, and Edwards won in 2014. Both singers received a scholarship from the SCC Foundation.

Rib vendors included Ethyl’s Smokehouse and Saloon, Mannino’s Market and Stumpy’s House of Bar-B-Que. Guests also enjoyed gourmet nachos, hot dogs and veggie burgers by Quintessential Catering. Drinks included Anheuser-Busch products by Krey Distributing, soda by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, lemonade by Red Robin, wine by Terra Firma USA and water by Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles.

“I am proud to support such a meaningful cause with the backing of the community,” said Scott Lewis, St. Charles County sheriff and SCC Foundation board member. “Thank you to everyone who was involved in making this year’s event a success.”

A volunteer planning committee chaired by Lewis led the event. More than 150 volunteers from the community and campus helped out, including students from SCC organizations like Phi Beta Lambda, Student Veteran Organization and Phi Theta Kappa. Nearly 35 volunteers from UPS helped with set-up.

The three Main Stage sponsors were Ameren Missouri, Mercy and SSM St. Joseph Health Center/SSM St. Joseph Hospital West.

“Rock Star” sponsors included Acropolis Investment Management, Commerce Bank, Enterprise Bank and Trust, Fastlane Convenience Stores, Krey Distributing, NHC HealthCare & Rehabilitation, UMB and UPS.

“Ribster” sponsors are American Eagle Credit Union, Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, Integrity Home Solutions, Renewal by Andersen and Siding Repair Systems.

For information or to learn more about the SCC Foundation’s impact on students, contact Schneider at 636-922-8473 or bschneider@stchas.edu. For information about Rhythm and Ribs, visit Rhythm-and-Ribs.com.

The St. Charles Community College Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, raises funds to support student scholarships and educational programs for the college. For more information on the SCC Foundation and its vision to transform lives and strengthen communities, visit www.stchas.edu/foundation.

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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Langrehr Named STLCC Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/langrehr-named-stlcc-vice-chancellor-for-academic-affairs/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/langrehr-named-stlcc-vice-chancellor-for-academic-affairs/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:31:27 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9973 Andrew Langrehr

Andrew Langrehr

Andrew Langrehr, vice president for academic affairs at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, has been appointed vice chancellor for academic affairs, beginning July 1.

Langrehr joined STLCC as a full-time chemistry instructor more than 13 years ago.  He served as both the chair for Physical and Engineering Sciences department and the academic dean for the Science and Technology division prior to his appointment as vice president.

Langrehr was a full-time chemistry instructor at Jefferson College (Hillsboro, Mo.) before coming to St. Louis Community College. He began his community college career as an adjunct chemistry instructor at Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa.).

Langrehr earned his doctorate in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His dissertation investigated the persistence of adult students at two-year colleges. Langrehr earned his master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Iowa, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Central College (Pella, Iowa.).

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Jackson Elected Chair of STLCC Board of Trustees http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/jackson-elected-chair-of-stlcc-board-of-trustees/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/jackson-elected-chair-of-stlcc-board-of-trustees/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:29:07 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9970 Hattie Jackson, right, presents Craig Larson an award recognizing Larson’s service as chair of the St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees. Jackson was elected board chair at the June 18 meeting.

Hattie Jackson, right, presents Craig Larson an award recognizing Larson’s service as chair of the St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees. Jackson was elected board chair at the June 18 meeting.

The St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees elected Hattie Jackson to serve as chair for a one-year term.

Jackson, who represents Subdistrict 2, previously served as board vice chair. Jackson was elected to the board in 2011.

Trustee Joan McGivney, who represents Subdistrict 3, was elected board vice chair. McGivney was elected to the board in 2013.

Craig Larson, outgoing chair of the board, received an award in recognition of leadership during his two terms. He also was elected to serve as the board liaison to the STLCC Foundation Board of Directors. Larson, who represents Subdistrict 4, was elected to the board in 2010.

Doris Graham, who represents Subdistrict 1, will serve as an alternate on the foundation board. She was elected to the STLCC board in 2012.

In addition to Jackson, McGivney, Larson and Graham, other trustees are Theodis Brown Sr. (Subdistrict 1) and Libby Fitzgerald (Subdistrict 4).

The STLCC Board of Trustees is a six-member board that represents the four subdistricts of the college service area. Subdistricts 1 and 4 are the two large subdistricts, each represented by two trustees. Subdistricts 2 and 3 are smaller, each represented by one trustee. The board makes all final decisions concerning employment, termination of services, expenditure of funds, contracts, establishment of new programs, student fees, tax levies and facilities construction. Regular board meetings are scheduled each month and are open to the public.

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SCC sets example for Missouri Campus Compact; Chesbrough named chair http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/scc-sets-example-for-missouri-campus-compact-chesbrough-named-chair/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/scc-sets-example-for-missouri-campus-compact-chesbrough-named-chair/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:37:24 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9967 St. Charles Community College President Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., was elected as Missouri Campus Compact (MOCC) Executive Committee chair at the Council of Presidents meeting in June. He has been a member of the committee since February 2014.

MOCC seeks to create and expand engagement through academic and co-curricular programs, to advocate for public policies that encourage and support community engagement, and to enhance the commitment to higher education’s civic mission.

“Each year we are inspired by the students’ willingness to give their time and talents to impact their communities,” said MOCC Executive Director Tabitha Underwood, Ph.D.

(left to right) SCC Manager of Student Activities Mandi Smith, SCC Assistant Professor Bryonie Carter, SCC President Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., and MOCC Executive Director Tabitha Underwood, Ph.D., at the June 2015 MOCC Council of Presidents meeting.

(left to right) SCC Manager of Student Activities Mandi Smith, SCC Assistant Professor Bryonie Carter, SCC President Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D., and MOCC Executive Director Tabitha Underwood, Ph.D., at the June 2015 MOCC Council of Presidents meeting.

As chair, Chesbrough will serve a two-year term and his duties will include providing leadership to the Council of Presidents and at Executive meetings, coordinating programming with the MOCC executive director, speaking on behalf of MOCC, and advocating for higher education community engagement.

At the request of Underwood, SCC Assistant Professor Bryonie Carter and SCC Manager of Student Activities Mandi Smith presented at the June meeting. “SCC’s Service Learning program is in its infancy, and yet we managed to accomplish a lot during its pilot year,” said Carter.

“Not only can students participate in the exemplary Semester of Service program, but Missouri Campus Compact provides service-learning programs with faculty and staff training and conference opportunities as well as the chance to apply for grants and awards,” said Carter.

Carter and Smith gave an overview of SCC’s student body to MOCC college and university presidents, shared service-learning data from the past academic year, and provided examples of the innovative projects faculty and students have taken on during the past year.

The presentation emphasized how administrative and faculty collaboration is essential to conceptualizing and building a strong service-learning program and how service learning is one of the many ways faculty can inspire students to effect change inside and outside of the classroom.

Missouri Campus Compact is a membership association of college and university presidents and chancellors established to advance community engagement within higher education and strengthen partnerships between post-secondary institutions and the communities they serve. MOCC membership currently consists of 34 presidents across the state including representatives from community colleges, four-year public, and four-year private institutions.

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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SCC Young People’s Theatre takes home Arts for Life Awards for ‘Shrek’ http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/scc-young-peoples-theatre-takes-home-arts-for-life-awards-for-shrek/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/scc-young-peoples-theatre-takes-home-arts-for-life-awards-for-shrek/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:23:22 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9962 14-0306-YPT-Shrek-8027

Shrek was performed by Young People’s Theatre March 21-30, 2014.

St. Charles Community College’s Young People’s Theatre (YPT) won Best Youth Production 2014 for Shrek at Arts for Life Best Performance Awards gala. In addition, two YPT performers also won awards; Jordan Marshall won Best Youth Supporting Actress for her portrayal as Dragon, and Luke Gottreu won Best Youth Lead Actor for his portrayal as Lord Farquaad.

The AFL Best Performance Awards is an event to recognize the talent in St. Louis community theater and to honor the passion and dedication of those who build the theatrical community.

This is the second time YPT has achieved this honor, having won Best Youth Musical Production for Oliver in 2012, along with several other individual awards for members of the cast.   

Arts for Life is a St. Louis-based non-profit arts and service organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating community and youth theater. Young People’s Theatre is considered along with many other acting groups and productions from around the metropolitan St. Louis area for these awards.

“We are very proud of Young People’s Theatre, our director Brisby Andrews, our amazing young actors and actresses and the parents that make these productions possible,” said Tina Sieker, SCC associate dean of continuing education.

For more information about Young People’s Theatre and upcoming performances, contact Brisby Andrews at bandrews@stchas.edu or 636-922-8233.

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 www.stchas.edu.

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Former STLCC Student Receives American Legion Award http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/former-stlcc-student-receives-american-legion-award/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/former-stlcc-student-receives-american-legion-award/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:02:49 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9955 Gregory Tucker, center, recently received the Venturing Gold Award from the American Legion. Also pictured is Robert Kaltmayer, left, Missouri 10th District commander, and Ed Ucinski of the Missouri 10th District.

Gregory Tucker, center, recently received the Venturing Gold Award from the American Legion. Also pictured is Robert Kaltmayer, left, Missouri 10th District commander, and Ed Ucinski of the Missouri 10th District.

Gregory “Greesha” Tucker, a former student at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, recently received the Venturing Gold Award, for his accomplishments in both Venturing and the American Legion from the Missouri 10th District.

Robert Kaltmayer, 10th District commander, presented the award to Tucker before a packed hall at American Legion Post 400.

Tucker completed all of the requirements and did a good portion of his service work through American Legion Post 400 in Fenton. He planned and implemented the activities as directed, resulting in a successful logistical performance. He also volunteered for other organized service programs, including Scouting for Food.

Tucker currently is an assistant production supervisor for Canterbury Enterprises, an extended employment workshop for adults with disabilities.

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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Gutzler, Walters Earn All-America Honors http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/gutzler-walters-earn-all-america-honors/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/gutzler-walters-earn-all-america-honors/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:24:33 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9944 Brandon Gutzler

Brandon Gutzler

After completing a banner baseball season for the St. Louis Community College Archers, and specifically, the middle of their batting order, the linchpins of that lineup were rewarded accordingly last week.

Sophomore outfielder Brandon Gutzler and sophomore infielder Jacob Walters were each named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-America second team.

Gutzler, who was also named the Region XVI Player of the Year, batted .423 with 16 home runs and 72 RBI on the season.

After recovering from an early-season injury, Walters was named a Marucci Elite Hitter for the South Central District by batting .480 with eight home runs and 46 RBI. Thirty-three of his 61 hits went for extra bases.

The two became the first Archers to be named NJCAA All-Americans in the same season in team history.

“It says a lot about those two guys individually, the type of player they are, the type of competitors they are,” Archers head coach Scott Goodrich said. “However, you don’t see too many All-Americans who come from bad teams, so it’s a testament to the whole team.”

Jacob Walters

Jacob Walters

The Archers (34-23) built much of their offensive success—and there was plenty of it, with a .330 team average—around the potent bats of Gutzler and Walters, who batted behind table-setters Thomas Estopare and Devan O’Bryan.

“Gutzler had 72 RBI, and if teams wanted to pitch around Brandon to get to Jacob, good luck with that,” Goodrich said. “When you put all the things together, with Estopare and O’Bryan at the top, you look how we won our regional tournament. Going into 2015, that was something I expressed, that that was going to be our philosophy, for guys to get on for our middle of the order. I wanted Estopare to lead off and get 200 plate appearances. I wanted Gutzler and Walters to bat third and fourth and play every day.”

As their numbers certainly suggested, writing their names in the lineup became a daily formality for Goodrich, who will certainly have his hands full in replacing his All-American duo.

“As successful as we were last year and as much as we want to enjoy that success, 2016 is going to be here before we know it,” Goodrich said. “It’s going to be tough to replace those guys. But we’ll put guys in situations to allow guys to be themselves.”

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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STLCC’s Chowdhury Presents Research on Arsenic Poisoning at University of Chicago http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/stlccs-chowdhury-presents-research-on-arsenic-poisoning-at-university-of-chicago/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/06/stlccs-chowdhury-presents-research-on-arsenic-poisoning-at-university-of-chicago/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:19:02 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=9941 Syed Chowdhury (left), associate professor at STLCC-Wildwood, and Muhammad Kibriya, assistant professor at the University of Chicago

Syed Chowdhury (left), associate professor at STLCC-Wildwood, and Muhammad Kibriya, assistant professor at the University of Chicago

Syed Chowdhury, Ph.D., associate professor of science at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, presented a research project on the treatment of arsenic induced poisoning and its accumulation and toxicity in the human brain during a recent visit to the University of Chicago.

Chowdhury also visited the Human Genetics Lab, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Center for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, and the Arsenic Project Laboratory.

The research is conducted using an instrument called the PsyToolkit, which consists of a laptop and a response pad. The laptop runs the LINUX operating system and gauges how quickly participants react to different sizes, shapes, colors and patterns that flash on a monitor. The response pad is more sensitive than a regular keyboard and is more accurate in recording the reaction time of participants.

Chowdhury introduced the tool to his students at STLCC, and many have already participated in experiments to gather data.

He is exploring the possibility of conducting research in developing countries where drinking water typically has high levels of arsenic.

Chowdhury was invited to present his research by Habibul Ahsan, Louis Block professor of human genetics and epidemiology and director of the Center for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention at the University of Chicago.

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