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STLCC Receives Federal Grant for African-American Male Initiative

October 15, 2008

The St. Louis Community College has received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve educational outcomes for African-American males.

STLCC's project, the African-American Male Initiative (AAMI): Empowering Student Leaders for the Future, will:

  • Increase the persistence rate of African-American male students at STLCC.
  • Increase the academic achievement levels of African-American male students at STLCC.
  • Enhance the in-depth understanding and focus among faculty members and staff regarding the array of challenges faced by African-American males as they enter college.

AAMI will be implemented at the Florissant Valley and Forest Park campuses for a period of two years.

"We are delighted that our proposal was chosen for funding by the U.S. Department of Education," said Laura Sterman, Florissant Valley's vice president of student affairs. "St. Louis Community College is committed to increasing the academic achievement and persistence rates for African-American males. This grant will allow us to provide extensive support services and mentoring for our students. It also will allow us to help faculty and staff have a greater understanding of the unique challenges faced by these students as they enter college."

AAMI program addresses the low college enrollment and high dropout rates of African-American males. These issues have become a major national crisis in higher education, particularly at the community college level.

AAMI will include specialized orientation activities, peer and community mentoring, tutoring services, special workshops and seminars, stipends for participants and peer mentors, and staff development activities. AAMI staff will provide intensive support services for participants, including early alert academic monitoring, as well as referrals to community services and resources as needed.