Missouri Community College Association http://mccatoday.org Advocacy for Missouri's public two-year institutions Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:12:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Department of Higher Education adopts MCCA recommendations to keep Missouri’s A+ promise http://mccatoday.org/2015/09/department-of-higher-education-adopts-mcca-recommendations-to-keep-missouris-a-promise/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/09/department-of-higher-education-adopts-mcca-recommendations-to-keep-missouris-a-promise/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:09:29 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=10278 The Department of Higher Education moved forward with recommendations provided by the Missouri Community College Association in an effort to ensure that nearly 13,000 students will continue to benefit from Missouri’s A+ scholarship program.

The program faced potential budget shortfalls earlier this year and is expected to experience shortfalls in the future. To address the projected shortfalls, MCCA developed and recommended two cost saving measures that were adopted by the Department of Higher Education yesterday.

Going forward, in addition to existing eligibility requirements, MCCA recommended that students be required to complete 12 credit hours and earn a 2.0 initial-term GPA to receive A+ funds. Currently, students must enroll in, not necessarily complete, 12 credit hours and are required to start with and maintain a 2.5 GPA. The change is expected to save the A+ program a projected $1.36 million by the spring term.

“This is a major step toward maintaining a program that helps thousands of Missourians access higher education and improve their quality of life,” Rob Dixon, president of the Missouri Community College Association said. “Elected officials have demonstrated a great deal of support for the program over the years, and we will continue to advocate for full funding of the program.”

The two requirements were identified by a task force formed by the Missouri Community College Association. The MCCA A+ Task Force, co-chaired by North Central Missouri College President Dr. Neil Nuttall and OTC – Richwood Valley President Dr. Jeff Jochems, consisted of representatives from all 12 community colleges and the Department of Higher Education.

The Department of Higher Education is currently working on updating their materials and website to include the new requirements, and will be in touch with the colleges in the next couple of days with more information.

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SCC steps up, delivers financial support to students http://mccatoday.org/2015/09/scc-delivers-financial-support-to-students/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/09/scc-delivers-financial-support-to-students/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:41:19 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=10274 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.

Galadriel House, SCC student and SALT ambassador, takes advantage of many forms of financial aid including the work-study program and student loans.

Galadriel House, SCC student and SALT ambassador, takes advantage of many forms of financial aid including the work-study program and student loans.

Leading the way in educating students like Galadriel, SCC implemented SALT, an educational program created by American Student Assistance that is free to SCC students and alumni.

SALT empowers students to become financially savvy by managing student loans, handling financial decisions, searching for scholarships and more.

“Offering the tools to help students make smart financial decisions is an important part of college the process,” said Abby Vernon, SCC loan coordinator. It can help students avoid becoming a victim of identity theft or scams, going into debt or defaulting on their student loans.

“Our financial aid counselors conduct formal financial literacy presentations for first-time freshman, which is when the SALT Program is introduced,” Vernon said.

Students receive continued exposure to SALT and its offerings through free training sessions and learning modules during their time at SCC. Loan borrowers are also given the opportunity to receive one-on-one counseling, providing a chance to ask questions and clarify repayment obligations.

“The prospect of loan default can be stressful and emotional for students,” Vernon said. Defaulting on a loan can mean withheld tax refunds, loss of financial aid eligibility, negative credit history and more.

SCC fairs well with a 14.2 percent cohort default rate, 6 points better than the 2011 CDR national average at two- to three-year public institutions. “The default rate indicates how successful students are at repaying their student loans – a lower rate corresponding to greater success,” Vernon said.

With new default rates for the 2012 cohort expected around September, draft reporting of 13.3 percent for the 2012 student cohort shows ongoing signs of improvements, highlighting the continued value of SCC’s financial aid services.

“Our default rate impacts many facets of the college,” Vernon said. “For one, it is rated by the Department of Education, and our financial aid funding depends on good metrics.”

Low default rates can indicate graduate employability, enhance recruiting and reputation, and demonstrate a solid investment opportunity.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education encourages schools to improve financial literacy and default prevention by offering a competitive grant. SCC was awarded $13,800 by MDHE’s Default Prevention Grant Program to continue boosting its efforts for the 2015-16 academic year.

“Obtaining a degree is important, but we want to make sure students are graduating without setting themselves up to face financial burdens for years to come,” said Marilyn Landrum, student assistance associate of Default Prevention.

Financial literacy services continue after graduation for SCC alumni through free loan counseling and lifetime access to SALT resources. In addition to financial basics, SCC SALT users are able to search jobs and internships or sharpen skills like resume writing and interview question preparation.

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STLCC Dental Assisting Graduates Rank Highest on National Boards http://mccatoday.org/2015/09/stlcc-dental-assisting-graduates-rank-highest-on-national-boards/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/09/stlcc-dental-assisting-graduates-rank-highest-on-national-boards/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:42:18 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=10268 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 (St. Louis, MO).

In 2015, a total of 1,111 candidates sat for the DANB. Of those 1,111 who took the exam, 818 passed. The examination consist of Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), Infection Control (ICE), and General Chairside Assisting (GC).

Scaled scores range from 100 to 900, with 400 being the minimum to pass each component exam. This year, STLCC’s eight students scored an average 555 on the RHS component, 522 on the ICE component, and 561 on the GC component.

Since 2011, 52 of the 56 STLCC students who have taken the DANB passed and earned CDA certification.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) sets the highest standards for all CODA-accredited institutions. Program effectiveness is analyzed by achievement measures, such as national assessment scores (e.g. DANB), results of licensure or certification (e.g. CDA) examinations, and/or employment rates to assess the program’s overall performance.

STLCC graduates who have successfully passed their national board exam receive their Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) certificate, and thus are eligible to obtain a permit from the Missouri Dental Board.

“A registered and licensed dentist may delegate expanded functions duties to an EFDA and permit-holding dental assistant or hygienist,” said Deborah Bush-Munson, coordinator of STLCC’s Dental Assisting program. “The average dental practice is now seeking dental assistant graduates with EFDA credentials. Consequently, our Dental Assisting program has a 100 percent placement rate for graduates.”



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Social justice is the theme for SCC’s Democracy Days, Sept. 14-17 http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/social-justice-is-the-theme-for-sccs-democracy-days-sept-14-17/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/social-justice-is-the-theme-for-sccs-democracy-days-sept-14-17/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:12:05 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=10240 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 SCC since September 2001.

Democracy Days 2015’s guest speakers are Terrell Carter (noon Sept. 14), Sylvester Brown Jr., (11:30 a.m. Sept. 15) and Amy Hunter with Pastor Cori Bush (noon Sept. 16). These and all but two of the other presentations will take place in the Social Sciences Building auditorium; the exceptions (see below) will be held in the Student Center, Room 205.

Democracy Days 2015 also features a panel at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, led by SCC President Ron Chesbrough on “The Role of Higher Education in Promoting Democratic Principles and Social Justice.” He and five faculty panelists will examine higher education as a vehicle for inculcation of small ‘d’ democratic principles.

Additionally, there will be two presentations on Clybourne Park, a play which is being staged at SCC Sept. 30-Oct. 4; a showing of the film Selma and a separate panel discussion on the film’s themes; an open-mic session for students to discuss current issues; as well as presentations on the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” the Affordable Care Act, white privilege, the expatriate experience, secularism, grand juries and the historical and cultural differences in establishing democracy in different parts of the world.

Clybourne Park is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by Bruce Norris about race and property ownership, picking up where Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal A Raisin in the Sun left off. Clybourne Park is presented by Center Stage and will be performed Wednesday-Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 4, at SCC. The director and cast will discuss the themes of the play at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, and faculty will discuss the play at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Over the event’s 15 years, Democracy Days presenters have often been SCC faculty, representing a variety of academic backgrounds. This year, history, political science, communications, philosophy and theater are the academic disciplines at the foundation of the forum.

This marks the 15th year of Democracy Days, which was founded by Michael Kuelker, professor of English. The first forum was held on Sept. 27, 2001, and featured an interdisciplinary panel discussion on the implications of the terror attacks that had occurred just days before.

“From the beginning I’ve wanted Democracy Days to be a catalyst for dialogue and to bring what we do at SCC into contact with the larger community on issues that concern us all,” Kuelker said.

The event integrates with the college’s mission and activities in a variety of ways. Sophomore students enrolled in capstone classes, for instance, have the option of pursuing the issues raised during Democracy Days through research-based essays.

“We are living in the midst of a new wave of the civil rights movement, a new era of consciousness and challenge, and so many social, economic, political and criminal justice issues come into focus. A college campus like ours is an ideal place to learn about and confront the challenges.”

For more information, email mkuelker@stchas.edu.

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.

For a full list of events, visit stchas.edu.

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Convention keynote speaker announced http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/convention-keynote-speaker-announced/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/convention-keynote-speaker-announced/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:40:45 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=10218 At community colleges, we are passionate about helping our students to succeed, whether that is in school, on the job, or in life.  The 51st Annual MCCA Convention will take a deep dive into this topic, under the theme of Student Success: Retention and Completion.

Today, we are excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Taylor.  Dr. Taylor is an expert on multigenerational issues, and he will help kick-off an informative (and fun) event.

According to Dr. Taylor, today’s students “are different from previous generations of students.  Few schools, colleges, and universities understand these differences well enough to respond effectively to bring about meaningful learning and development outcomes.”

Mark’s presentation will help us understand these multigenerational differences, and – more importantly – provide tangible solutions and ideas to implement in your colleges and classrooms.  These solutions will benefit your students, and, ultimately, your college, by helping to improve outcomes.

Dr. Taylor’s background includes over 25 years of experience in higher education, management, and the helping professions.  He has consulted with major organizations ranging from 20th Century Fox and Walmart to the University of Tennessee Hospital and the U.S. Army.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology, a master’s degree in Social Work, and a doctorate in Counselling, all from the University of Arkansas.

Our convention is the state’s only professional development event dedicated exclusively to community college professionals.  It features nationally recognized community college leaders and breakout sessions presented by some of Missouri’s best and brightest community college faculty, staff, and administrators. It also celebrates excellence in community college leadership and showcases some of our strongest supporters.

For more information or to register for the convention click here.

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MoHealthWINs grant changes lives http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/mohealthwins-grant-changes-lives/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/mohealthwins-grant-changes-lives/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:34:26 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=10215 In January 2014, Ashley Thompson was unemployed with a toddler at home. A friend told her about a short-term pharmacy technician training program offered in her community.  She was apprehensive about starting a class at her Mineral Area College outreach campus, the Perryville Higher Education Center, because it had been eight years since her high school graduation and no one in her family had gone to college.

But she decided to take a leap of faith.

Ashley’s previous work experience was as a receptionist, customer service representative, and in food service.  “I was looking for a long term career with growth opportunities,” said Thompson.  She started the 12-week training program with fourteen other students that April.

MCCA’s MoHealthWINs grant covered the program training costs.  Along with financial assistance from the Southeast Workforce Investment Board, she did not have to worry about money for her textbooks, insurance, or lab fees. “Since I was not working during the training, that supportive service really helped my family’s household finances,” said Thompson.

As part of the hands-on training, each student completed two clinical rotations, one at a retail setting and one at an institutional setting.  Ashley was able to stay in Perryville, completing her clinical rotations at Walgreens Pharmacy and Perry County Hospital.  “I learned a lot during my rotations, I learned to provide good customer service in a fast pace environment,” she continued, “I became competent, working with IV medicines during my hospital rotation too.”

After successfully completing the rigorous training program, Ashley received a National Career Readiness Certificate, a Mineral Area College Certificate of Completion, a Digital Literacy Certificate, and she passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam.

Ashley fondly remembers her instructor, Mrs. Jennifer Majeske. “Mrs. Majeske was very approachable. If I did not understand the calculation homework, I called her on her cell phone, many times late at night. She was always willing to help.” Even a year after graduation, Ashley called Mrs. Majeske for career advice and support.

Ashley is currently working as a pharmacy technician at Walgreens Pharmacy in Perryville.

“This program gave me stability and a new found career interest. I have a long-term health services career with growth opportunities.  My next career goal is to complete the training for a senior tech position.”

“As a working mom, this salary is greatly contributing to our household income. I work hard but enjoy most weekends at home with my family.   I have Mrs. Majeske and the MoHealthWINs training program to thank for that,” said Thompson.

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Department of Higher Education considers MCCA A+ Program Recommendations http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/department-of-higher-education-considers-mcca-a-program-recommendations/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/department-of-higher-education-considers-mcca-a-program-recommendations/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:46:59 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=10212 It’s no secret that the A+ program and most importantly our students have faced financial uncertainty over the last year.  What is certain, though, is that something has to change for our state to keep the A+ promise made to thousands of Missouri students.  MCCA is working to achieve that change.

Representatives from all 12 community colleges and the Department of Higher Education joined MCCA’s A+ Task Force, co-chaired by NCMC President Dr. Neil Nuttall and OTC – Richwood Valley President Dr. Jeff Jochems.  Their goal was to identify ways to reduce costs while maintaining the integrity of the A+ program.

After discussing many options over several months, the group decided on two specific recommendations: requiring the completion of 12 credit hours and a 2.0 initial-term GPA.

Implementing both of these requirements would save the A+ program a projected $1.36 million by the spring term.  We advocate for the adoption of these recommendations as short-term measures during a funding shortfall.

Implementing a completion requirement discourages withdrawals and encourages persistence. Currently, students must enroll in, not necessarily complete, 12 credit hours to receive A+ benefits. It also creates a financial incentive for students to complete their studies, which has the added benefit of helping college performance funding measures.  The A+ Program saves money by only paying for students who complete their coursework.

The second recommendation implements a 2.0 initial-term GPA requirement.  Currently, students must graduate from high school with a 2.5 GPA and maintain a 2.5 in college, averaged over the full academic year.

Very few students who earn below a 2.0 GPA in their initial term can recover their grades to the 2.5 GPA eligibility level.  Those who achieve at least a 2.0 in their initial term, though, can still recover their grades during the following semester.

This creates a financial incentive for students to maintain and improve their grades, and it saves the program money by only paying for students who can meet the overall GPA requirement.

The Department of Higher Education has submitted these recommendations, along with another option to reduce the number of reimbursable hours, for public comment.  MCCA supports the two recommendations developed by our task force, but opposes the option to reduce reimbursable options.

Let your voice be heard on this important issue and support MCCA’s recommendations.  Email comments to Kelli Reed, Student Assistance Associate, at kelli.reed@dhe.mo.gov.  Comments must be received by September 2.

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STLCC Hosts Events in Support of Ferguson http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/stlcc-hosts-events-in-support-of-ferguson/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/stlcc-hosts-events-in-support-of-ferguson/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:15:54 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=10202 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. The community leadership brunch brought local, regional, state and national elected officials together to reflect on the past year and work toward a better community in the future. Among those in attendance were Michael Brown Sr., St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, and Ferguson Mayor James Knowles.

In a meeting held at the college’s Center for Workforce Innovation, Ferguson Commission members met to finalize key areas of their final report, which is slated for release in September. Gov. Nixon established the 16-member commission to study the underlying issues raised by events last year in Ferguson and make specific policy recommendations. At the event, Nixon thanked commission members for their leadership, perseverance and sustained commitment to change in the St. Louis region. The commission is working on prioritizing 200 calls-to-action that the body had identified during 15 meetings held over the past nine months.

STLCC continues to be a partner in creating positive change in not only Ferguson, but also the entire St. Louis region. Rev. Starsky Wilson, co-chair of the Ferguson Commission, recognized St. Louis Community College for being a strong and viable community partner.

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Regional Talent Development Issues Are Focus of St. Louis Workforce Report http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/regional-talent-development-issues-are-focus-of-st-louis-workforce-report/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/regional-talent-development-issues-are-focus-of-st-louis-workforce-report/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:10:48 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=10199 Rod Nunn (center) moderates the State of St. Louis Workforce Report presentation at St. Louis Community College's Forest Park campus.

Rod Nunn (center) moderates the State of St. Louis Workforce Report presentation at St. Louis Community College’s Forest Park campus.

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 but with a more challenging environment for employers in finding a qualified workforce.

The findings were released to nearly 400 business and community leaders at the college’s Forest Park campus. The event included a presentation of the findings and reactions by a panel of leading employers, business, and community organizations facilitated by Rod Nunn, interim president of STLCC’s Forest Park campus.

Attendees had an opportunity to participate in small group discussions after the report and panel reaction. The event was co-sponsored by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and aired live on HEC-TV network.

“I am excited to be a part of the St. Louis community and all that you do here,” said Jeff Pittman, Ph.D., STLCC chancellor. “I believe that we can use this report to better our region and the lives of the people who reside here. We at the college are especially pleased that this year’s research speaks directly to the economic opportunity gaps faced by many in our community.”

The theme of this year’s report is “Economic Opportunity Gaps in the St. Louis Workforce.” The employer survey included questions about practices that either create barriers or built bridges to economic opportunity.

Speakers and panelists included Rod Nunn, interim president at STLCC-Forest Park; Michael McMillan, president and CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; Kathy Osborn, executive director, Regional Business Council; John Gaal, director of training and workforce development, Carpenters’ District Council of Greater St. Louis; Eric Henderson, Missouri area human resources manager, UPS; and Alan Spell, research manager, Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

Key findings from the survey of more than 1,100 regional employers include:

  • The economy and labor market has nearly recovered by many measures. Almost four in 10 employers reported increases in employment over the last year, while only slightly more than one in 10 reported decreases. As in past years, a slight majority of employers (52%) reported that their employment remained the same.
  • For the first time since the survey began, the shortage of workers with knowledge or skills is the most frequently cited barrier to expanding employment, surpassing economic conditions and government policies or regulations.
  • Fifty-five percent of employers reported experiencing skill shortages. When asked, 83 percent of the employers surveyed reported that they, “were forced to hire less experienced workers and train them,” and 41 percent reported, “offering increased wages due to skill shortages.
  • Employers reported that they had relatively more positions at lower education and experience levels and fewer at higher levels as compared to 2013 and previous surveys. These responses likely are indicative of a tightening labor market.
  • Overall, 37 percent of the jobs represented in this year’s survey were available to individuals with short-term training, defined as high school plus six months of industry-specific training. Employers reported that 56 percent of the jobs they offered were on an established pathway to advancement through performance or further training. The vast majority, (98%) of employers, responded that they had some mechanism in place for employee development ranging from informal on-the-job training to tuition reimbursement programs.
  • Forty percent of employers reported requiring drug screens for all jobs within their organizations. Likewise, 61 percent of employers required background checks for all jobs. The survey also asked employers a series of statements reflecting their position on hiring felons who had completed their sentence or probation. Only 13 percent responded that they would hire a former felon for any jobs for which they qualified. Twenty-six percent reported that they would not hire a felon under any circumstances. The remaining responses indicated that it depended upon the nature of the felony or the specific job.

“We are certainly encouraged to see continued growth in hiring, but also note the increasing difficulty that employers are having in finding a qualified workforce in a tightening labor market,” said Steve Long, St. Louis Community College’s associate vice chancellor for Workforce Solutions. “At the same time, we know, and the report supports, that many of our citizens are experiencing barriers and frustration in finding employment opportunities with a future.”

Employment and Education Experiences of Economically Disadvantaged Populations

As part of the State of the St. Louis Workforce, the college conducted focus group interviews of participants in four leading programs, preparing economically disadvantaged populations for education or work. The findings from those interviews include:

  • Participants have strong emotional catalysts. “My motivation comes from seeing the condition of my people…it’s not about me…just because I make it doesn’t mean my peers will make it.”
  • Participants have frustrations with job search process and barriers to reaching goals. “Everything on the resume doesn’t define the person; candidates should be allowed to say who they really are.”
  • Participants cite the need more employer support. “Programs do a lot of great things, but they have to push for more connections to jobs.”

“I would encourage everyone to download the full report and absorb the information that it contains,” Nunn said. “The data it provides is invaluable in speaking to the workforce barriers that affect the St. Louis region. The report outlines the growth in middle-skill occupations that require education beyond high school but don’t require a bachelor’s degree. This includes jobs like machinists, welders, medical coders, help desk technicians, and lab technicians.” 

Visit www.stlcc.edu/stlworkforce for more information about this annual regional workforce study or to download this year’s report or any of the reports from previous years.

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STLCC Receives Major Funding from U.S. Department of Education http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/stlcc-receives-major-funding-from-u-s-department-of-education/ http://mccatoday.org/2015/08/stlcc-receives-major-funding-from-u-s-department-of-education/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:07:06 +0000 http://mccatoday.org/?p=10197 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 annually, $1,065,900 total
  • Meramec – $212,946 annually, $1,064,730 total

The funds will be used to raise the success rate for academically disadvantaged, low-income, and/or first generation college students who struggle to stay in college and complete their certification or degree. Services will include academic tutoring in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects; advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection; assistance with information on a full range of student financial aid programs, benefits, and resources for locating public and private scholarships; and assistance in completing financial aid applications.

The funding will also help STLCC provide education and counseling services to improve students’ financial and economic literacy. These services will help students with admission and financial applications to four-year institutions, as well as graduate and professional programs.

The funds also may be used to provide individualized counseling for personal, career and academic information, activities, and instruction. Each opportunity is designed to acquaint students with career options, provide exposure to cultural events, and learn more through academic programs not usually available. Mentoring programs are also a vital part of the services provided through this funding.



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