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STLCC Graduate Offers Advice for High School Seniors in College Selection Process

November 09, 2010

Dedrick Windom  
Dedrick Windom

St. Louis Community College graduate Dedrick Windom has some advice for high school seniors who currently are exploring their college options.

“I would strongly suggest students look at finances when sitting down and trying to decide what colleges and universities to attend,” said Windom, who now attends the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) in Rolla. “The easy part is being accepted at a school. Now that the celebration is over, students must sit down and determine if finances favor them attending that school. The last thing you want is a heap of loan debt because you want to attend an ideal school.”

For Windom, a 2006 graduate of Parkway West High School, finances have not been a major issue. He earned several scholarships, including an Emerson Minority Engineering Scholarship, to offset expenses to attend St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. This scholarship provides an opportunity for the recipient to transfer to MS&T after completing a prescribed course of study at STLCC.

Windom, who will earn a degree in mechanical engineering in spring 2012, also recommends attending a two-year college as a cost-saving measure.

“Look into community colleges because you can get general education classes out the way at a fraction of the cost,” he said. “Your classes not only will be on college/university level, but you also are able to save money for when you transfer. Your instructors also are a bit easier to approach because class sizes are smaller.”

St. Louis Community College is inviting high school seniors and their parents to hear directly from STLCC students, like Windom, about why STLCC was the smart choice for them. STLCC’s four campuses will host a special preview day for area high school seniors and their families on Saturday, Nov. 20. The program is scheduled noon- 2:30 p.m.; check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.

Students and their families are invited to explore STLCC at this event, and learn about the college’s 90-plus academic programs, convenient locations and affordable costs. STLCC faculty and staff will be on hand to discuss these academic programs, and current STLCC students also will be available to answer questions about activities and services. Guided campus tours will conclude the event.

St. Louis Community College’s campuses are located as follows: Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road; Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave.; Meramec, 11333 Big Bend Road; and Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive. Individuals interested in attending must pre-register. To RSVP or for more information, visit www.stlcc.edu/PreviewDay or call 314-539-5002.