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STLCC Collaborates with St. Louis City and County on Training for Tomorrow Grant

April 28, 2010

St. Louis Community College is collaborating with the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County on a Training for Tomorrow grant to develop new and expanded programs designed to re-train and re-employ individuals in the middle-skill jobs that will drive economic recovery.

St. Louis City, the lead applicant, was awarded $2,060,338 from the state of Missouri for this initiative. The funds will be used to plan and expand programs, develop curriculum and purchase equipment. These programs are required to align with regional and national efforts for economic recovery, local economic development initiatives, or areas where there are documented skills or labor gaps. STLCC has proposed to expand programming in these areas:

  • Healthcare and life sciences
  • Aerospace and advanced manufacturing
  • Interdisciplinary green technologies
  • Information technology

The college will match the Training for Tomorrow funds with $1,163,735 in local college funds designated for Missouri Regional Technical Education Council (RTEC) initiatives in order to fully implement these new programs.

“St. Louis Community College has a dual community responsibility to meet industry needs while also creating dynamic learning environments for displaced workers who are recreating themselves for different careers during the economic downturn,” said Rod Nunn, STLCC’s vice chancellor for workforce and community development.

Students who complete these programs will earn middle-skill credentials or will have individualized career plans for working toward those credentials. Middle-skill occupations are those jobs that require education beyond high school but less that a four-year degree.

These new programs will be strategically located throughout the region. In addition to campus locations, programs will be offered at the college’s new Harrison Education Center in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood, the Metropolitan Education and Training Center in Wellston, the Regional Collaboration Center in Fenton, the Bio-Research and Development Growth (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center, and STLCC’s Industrial Training Center, to be located in the former Circuit City facility near the Florissant Valley campus.

The funding is part of Gov. Jay Nixon’s initiative to help community colleges create or expand programs serving additional students in disciplines that are expected to contribute to economic recovery. Funding for the grants comes from the Second Supplemental Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant, a federal program to assist with economic recovery efforts.