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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

St. Louis Community College officials were joined by community and institutional leaders Oct. 8, 2010, for the dedication of the new William J. Harrison Education Center, located at 3140 Cass Avenue in the city’s JeffVanderLou Neighborhood.

Open for classes in fall 2010, the new center offers credit and non-credit courses in environmental sciences, allied health, computers/technology, and workforce training and development.

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 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. 

The building contains the latest high-tech audio-visual equipment and provides wireless connectivity throughout.

The Harrison Center new building has been designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, the second-highest achievable as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council. Certification is based on the number of points the design attains in five categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. “Green” elements incorporated into the new Harrison Center included: 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.

“St. Louis Community College exists to strengthen individuals and communities,” said Zelema Harris, St. Louis Community College chancellor. “The new Harrison Center will provide bridges to new opportunities to improve the quality of life for citizens in a very challenged, yet growing neighborhood.” 

The college purchased the property between 2007 and 2009 to provide a permanent site for classes on the city’s North Side. Located near both Vashon High School and the Clyde C. Miller Academy, the new Harrison Center is ideally positioned to leverage learning partnerships and provide enhanced educational opportunities for residents of an underserved community.

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 Forest Park until his death in June 1994. The center previously provided education and outreach services annually to more than 6,000 individuals.

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 COMPASS testing dates is available at the Information Desk. Students may take the COMPASS on a walk-in basis on the scheduled date. Additional information is available on the COMPASS 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.