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William J. Harrison
Education Center
3140 Cass Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63106

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William J. Harrison Education Center

The William J. Harrison Education Center, located at 3140 Cass Avenue in the city’s JeffVanderLou Neighborhood, opened for classes in fall 2010. 

Located near both Vashon High School and the Clyde C. Miller Academy, the William J. Harrison Education Center is ideally positioned to leverage learning partnerships and provide enhanced educational opportunities for residents of an underserved community.

In addition to general education courses, the center offers associate degrees and certificates in four programs: Human Services, Emergency Medical Technology, Paramedic Technology and Fire Protection Technology.

The 31,000 square-foot facility features an art studio, science and computer labs, five classrooms, multi-purpose community room, bookstore, commons area, outreach center and administrative offices. The building contains the latest high-tech audio-visual equipment and provides wireless connectivity throughout. The primary entrance includes a transparent elevator tower as a focal point and features a large, light-filled central atrium and open seating areas on the second floor overlooking the atrium. 

Built with environmentally-friendly materials and architecture, the "green" education center was designed to enhance occupant comfort and health, reduce operating costs, conserve natural resources and reduce each the building's impact on the environment and the community.

The building achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, the second-highest achievable designation by the U.S. Green Building Council. “Green” elements incorporated into the center include: controllability of lighting and thermal control systems, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, indoor chemical and pollutant source control, and use of recycled materials in the building’s construction.

The Tyrone Thompson Institute for Non-Violence is also housed at the center. Through the program, the institute offers a new approach to school suspensions.  STLCC student tutor and mentor suspended students in the St. Louis Public School District through eighth grade.

The center was named in honor of the late William J. Harrison, who played a major role in helping the college establish this off-site learning center. He served as associate dean of academic support and continuing education at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park until his death in June 1994. 

Academic Advising

Academic advisors are available to help you plan your schedule. Advising is available on a drop-in basis. Call 314-763-6000 to check the hours an advisor will be available, and also to make an appointment for Financial Aid or DisAbility information.


Students can apply for admissions, register, and pay for classes all at the Harrison Education Center during regular office hours. Please call 314-763-6000. Additional information is available at the Admission and Registration web page.

Assessment Testing

A schedule of Accuplacer placement testing dates is available at the Information Desk. Students may take the placement test on a walk-in basis on the scheduled date. Additional information is available on the Placement testing page.

Computer Lab

A computer lab is available for student use Monday-Friday. The lab may be closed for testing or maintenance. Computer hours are posted and a schedule can be obtained at the Information Desk.

Disability Information

Services to students who have documented disabilities of a permanent or temporary nature are available with the student support specialist. Additional information is available at the Access office page.

Financial Aid Information

Financial aid audits for Pell Grants, Stafford Loans or A+ can be obtained by making an appointment with the Student Support Specialist. Additional Information is available at the Financial Aid page.

GED Classes

GED Classes are available to anyone who is 16 years of age or older who would like to prepare for the GED test.