Center for Plant and Life Sciences
The new Center for Plant and Life Sciences has been developed in response to plant and life sciences industry demands, the Greater Regional Opportunities for Workforce Training and Higher Education (GROWTH) Initiative and the college’s strategic directions. Drawing on the strength of relevant programming across the district, the center interfaces with business and industry to bring STLCC students a cutting-edge education and to provide workforce training in this growing industry.
The center’s programs currently include biotechnology, chemical technology, clinical lab technology and horticulture. A center director coordinates the ongoing development and expansion of these programs within the context of this emerging high-demand industry in St. Louis. Promoting educational opportunities within the regional corridor of businesses and industries engaged in plant and life sciences initiatives, the center focuses on building relationships with industry partners and on providing leadership in the development of high-demand programs.
In the last decade, Florissant Valley has developed degree and certificate programs in response to the need for technician-level workers in biotechnology, chemical technology and biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
As part of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association’s BioBelt branding initiative, STLCC actively participates in its continued development. Planning activities emerging from the Plant and Life Sciences Advisory Committee include exploring alternatives to campus-based instruction, expanding internships for students in area labs and businesses and developing partnerships with other groups such as the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the Missouri Biotechnology Association, of which STLCC is a founding member.