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STLCC, Community Celebrate Dedication of New Harrison Education Center

October 08, 2010

Harrison Center ribbon cutting ceremony  
Cutting the ribbon to officially deidcate the new Harrison Education Center are, from left,
Karen Bailey, acting manager of the Harrison Center; Michael Holmes, executive director of SLATE; Lewis Reed, president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen; Michael McMillan,
St. Louis City License Collector; Denise Chachere, STLCC Board of Trustees chair; Zelema Harris, STLCC chancellor; Cindy Hess, Forest Park campus president; Michael Kennedy, president, KAI Design & Build; Gail Rozelle Brown, president, Brown-Kortkamp Realty Inc.; and Rodney Crim, executive director, St. Louis Development Corp.






















Nearly 300 guests joined STLCC representatives, elected officials and community leaders Oct. 8 to dedicate and tour the new William J. Harrison Education Center in the JeffVanderLou Neighborhood.


“This is not only the only educational facility in North St. Louis, but it also is a beacon for what can be done for minority participation,” said Michael McMillan, St. Louis City license collector.


The Harrison Center is the city’s first “green” public higher education facility of its kind in St. Louis City. Operated by the college’s Forest Park campus, the new Harrison Center opened for classes in August to leverage learning partnerships and enhance educational opportunities for residents of an underserved, yet growing, community. 


“It’s not enough to bring people here, but we have to make sure they succeed,” said Zelema Harris, STLCC chancellor. “We’re doing everything we can to support students who enter our doors to ensure they are successful. We as a community college are committed to making the William J. Harrison Education Center a national model for student success, degree attainment and innovation in community partnerships.”


The new center replaced an older, smaller facility opened in August 1994. It is named after the late William J. Harrison, who played a major role in helping the college establish this off-site learning center. He served as associate dean of academic support and continuing education at Forest Park until his death in June 1994. The center has provided education and outreach services annually to more than 6,000 individuals.


“This educational and outreach center will play a key role in economic revitalization of the neighborhood,” said Cindy Hess, Forest Park campus president. “We believe geographic access to higher education can change a community. This center is about providing a ray of hope.”


The Harrison Center was designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, the second-highest achievable as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council. “Green” elements incorporated into the new center include: lighting controllability, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, indoor chemical and pollutant source control, and use of recycled materials in the building’s construction.