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CONNECT Program Is Named STLCC Innovation of the Year

April 24, 2008

An idea exchange program designed to ease the transition for students from high school to college has been named the St. Louis Community College Innovation of the Year.

The CONNECT program was initiated by the STLCC-Florissant Valley mathematics instructors to meet with their counterparts from high schools in the Florissant Valley service area and discuss common interests and issues. In 2005, through the campus Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), CONNECT became a campuswide initiative.

"The overall goal of CONNECT is to offer a time and place for instructors at both our area high schools and Florissant Valley to share information that would ease the transition from high school to higher education for all students taking that leap -- whether they end up at St. Louis Community College or not," said Teresa Huether, professor in mathematics and CTL coordinator. "The high school instructors and administrators not only have an even better idea of what St. Louis Community College has to offer, but also have developed relationships with people who work and teach at STLCC. Based on these relationships, we hope they recommend STLCC to even more of their students."

Based on its success with local high schools, Florissant Valley staff expanded CONNECT’s reach to include meeting with counterparts at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The goal is to adjust curriculum to close any gaps that may exist between discipline-specific departments.

The League for Innovation in the Community College established the Innovation of the Year Award to recognize an individual or group from each of the 20 member college districts who have use creative, productive approaches to meet new needs or solve old problems.  Criteria for the award are quality, efficiency, cost effectiveness, replication, creativity and timeliness. STLCC is a founding member of the League for Innovation.