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STLCC, BJC Sign Agreement for Professional Educational Services

April 11, 2011

photo of signers of BJC agreement  
Representatives from St. Louis Community College and BJC HealthCare recently signed an agreement to offer education and training to BJC employees to meet prerequisites for allied health programs at Forest Park. Participants in the signing ceremony were, seated from left, JoAnn Shaw, BJC vice president and chief learning officer; and STLCC
Chancellor Zelema Harris. Standing, from left, Pat McEwen, dean of allied health and natural sciences at STLCC-Forest Park; Tracy Hall, vice president of academic affairs at Forest Park; Gary Stocker, senior program manager at BJC HealthCare; Rod Nunn, STLCC vice chancellor for workforce and community development; Cindy Hess, STLCC-Forest Park president; Beverly Evans, Forest Park academic advisor; and Steve Long, STLCC director of workforce and community development.

Representatives from St. Louis Community College and BJC HealthCare recently signed an agreement whereby BJC employees can receive education and training to meet prerequisites for enrollment in allied health programs offered at the college’s Forest Park campus.

“We are signing an agreement with a community partner who is critically important to BJC, to our community as it relates to education and workforce development,” said JoAnn Shaw, BJC’s vice president and chief learning officer. “What we are doing will impact this community for years and years to come and will help us address the critical workforce shortages in healthcare occupations.”

Through this agreement, STLCC will offer courses for up to 24 BJC employees in the areas of biology, chemistry, general microbiology, and anatomy and physiology, totaling 21 credit hours. Students who successfully complete these courses will be prepared and eligible to enroll in one of several allied health programs at STLCC-Forest Park. Forest Park is Missouri's leading provider of health technology training, offering 13 medical programs ranging from funeral services and diagnostic medical sonography to dental hygiene, nursing, respiratory therapy and health information technology.

“I want to thank BJC for working with us and believing that we could deliver” said Zelema Harris, STLCC chancellor. “To value our work, it is so important to us to know that there is a community partner as big as BJC that is willing to work with us.”

Said Rod Nunn, STLCC’s vice chancellor for workforce and community development: “It gives me great pleasure to see the largest employer in the region, BJC, partner with the largest postsecondary education provider in the region, STLCC, to help BJC employees in pursuit of their dream of becoming allied health professionals.”

Most classes will be taught at BJC’s Lifelong Learning Center; the lab sessions associated with the classes will be conducted at STLCC-Forest Park.

“It is critical that we develop our capacity to create learning opportunities any where, any time,” said Cindy Hess, STLCC-Forest Park president. “Our students are interested good jobs, and being trained so they can enjoy a greater standard of living, and one that is relatively secure. Healthcare programs tend to provide recession-free sorts of opportunities for jobs.”

For more information about this program, call 314-539-5311.