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STLCC-Florissant Valley and Urban League Host Neighborhood College Open House

October 06, 2008

More than 40 prospective students recently attended St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’ Neighborhood College open houses.

Speakers included Jim Buford, CEO of Urban League; Brenda Wrench, COO of Urban League; Ken Trzaska, STLCC-Florissant Valley's dean of continuing education and community engagement; and Vivial Lopez, Neighborhood College instructor. As a result of the open house, 31 people enrolled in the six-week Neighborhood College: Transition to College class.

Neighborhood College provides students facing hardships or distractions in life with the unique opportunity to participate in a convenient, practical and affordable option for college classes in their neighborhood. A core principle of Neighborhood College is to create communities of learning to increase student success rates. The program begins with students participating in a six-week Transition to College class, followed by a placement assessment used to determine their placement in college classes. Ultimately, students will be enrolled in a college program. The classes are organized and offered in convenient locations within area neighborhoods. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis supports the program with student scholarships. 

"I have always worked two full-time jobs, and I’ve always felt so close to getting to the next step," said Anita Brown, a Jennings resident. "Neighborhood College can help me get my degree, the skills I need to be able to one day open my own business, and to be in a position to help others." 

The Neighborhood College program started in 2007. Jennings is the second program and additional programs are under way in Kinloch and Spanish Lake.

For information about the Neighborhood College program, call Trzaska at 314-513-4220.