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Harrison Center’s Short-Term Training Programs Produce 50 Graduates

July 13, 2010

Thanks to a congressional grant to help underserved populations receive a higher education, 50 St. Louis area residents will graduate after studying automated office systems and culinary arts at St. Louis Community College's William J. Harrison Education Center.

The graduation ceremony will take place 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 16, in the south bay of the cafeteria at the college’s Forest Park campus, 5600 Oakland Ave.

The grant, received through the efforts of U.S. Rep. William “Lacy” Clay Jr., was to provide key job training to people underserved by higher education institutions. About $190,000 was received to offer short-term curriculum work in culinary arts and automated office systems (AOS). Unemployed or underemployed minorities, women, youth, ex-offenders and homeless individuals were targeted for assistance. Students from the St. Louis metro area took introductory classes and received college credits toward a degree.

Karen Bailey, acting manager of the Harrison Center, will deliver remarks during the brief program, along with other college officials. Students Gerald Allen and Anthony Reason will provide testimonials on the training they received.

Scholarships will be awarded and certificates will be presented to 26 students in AOS and to 24 students in culinary arts. Both Allen (AOS) and Reason (culinary arts) are among seven scholarship recipients. Other AOS scholarship recipients are Patricia Dean, Samuel Noland and Tiffany Sellers. Ida Cook and Sheryl Davis also will receive culinary arts scholarships.

The current Harrison Center is scheduled to be replaced by a new facility at 3140 Cass Ave. in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood. The city’s first “green” public higher education facility of its kind will open for classes in August. The new center was designed to bring educational opportunities to individuals living in north St. Louis City and surrounding communities.

In addition to Allen, Dean, Noland and Sellers, AOS graduates include: Linda Barton, Rhonda Blackwell, Debra Broeker, Eric Burse, Noreen Burnett, Dianne Carter, Tracy Clark-Collier, Malinda Dixon, Oriel Fowler, Elizabeth Hodges, Charley Hoskin, Barbara Jackson, Michael Jones, Michael Keyes, Claudia Killingham, Barbara Lindsey, Adam Middleton, Allice Reason Ramona Scott, James Thames, Glenda Thorton, and Kevanna Wilson.

Culinary arts graduates, in addition to Reason, Cook and Davis, include: Mary Boyd, Taquana Brown, Sandra Cook, Amanda Couch, Dawn Days, Janice Evans, Adjua Frederick, Shannon Haynes, Biana Johnson, Dawn Johnson, Maxina Johnson, Kristyle Lawrence, Nicole Pace, Richard Pace, Elizabeth Perez, Anthony Reason, LaShaunda Redmond, Janette Savage, Malenda Shelley, Fredericka Spruiell, Larry Turman and Willie Whitfield.