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Four STLCC Administrators Invited to Participate in Higher Education Summit

March 16, 2011

Four administrators from St. Louis Community College have been chosen to participate in a higher education summit that will examine how community colleges work with business and industry to educate students and provide a highly skilled work force.


Martha Kanter, the U.S. Department of Education's under secretary for postsecondary education initiatives, will assemble a group of leaders in education, philanthropy, business and labor March 23 at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Ind. STLCC participants in this summit will be Zelema Harris, chancellor;  Marcia Pfeiffer, president of the college’s Florissant Valley campus; Donna Dare, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs; and Rod Nunn, vice chancellor for workforce and community development.


The group will develop recommendations on ways industry-education partnerships can help students get high quality credentials from community colleges. The recommendations will be presented at a national virtual symposium in April.


Joining the group at the summit will be other Missouri community college leaders; representatives from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the National Science Foundation; and experts in workforce and economic development.


The event is one of four regional summits aimed at significantly increasing the number of college graduates prepared for the twenty-first century workforce, with the ultimate goal of meeting President Barack Obama’s challenge to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.


Harris, Pfeiffer, Dare and Nunn were nominated for participation in the summit by the Missouri Community College Association.