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Monsanto Fund President Recognized for Higher Education Support

November 17, 2011

Deborah Patterson  
Deborah Patterson

The Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) recently presented Deborah Patterson, president of the Monsanto Fund, with the Distinguished Business and Industry Award for her contributions to St. Louis Community College (STLCC).

Over the years, Patterson has dedicated herself to increasing worker training and retraining activities, especially in the area of biotechnology, by supporting new programs at STLCC.

“The Distinguished Business and Industry Award is typically presented to a business, rather than an individual, that aligns with our support areas including customized job training programs, engagement with community colleges and economic development,” said Zora Mulligan, MCCA executive director and CEO. “However, because of her significant contributions to St. Louis Community College, we are proud to recognize Deborah Patterson with this prestigious award.”

Support from Patterson and the Monsanto Fund has been critical as STLCC sought to meet the needs for the growing career fields in the life sciences industry. In 2001, STLCC established Missouri’s first two-year associate degree program in biotechnology, and in 2006, the college created a districtwide initiative, the Center for Plant and Life Sciences. Most recently, STLCC partnered with the Bio-Research and Development Growth Park (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center to expand STLCC’s Center for Plant and Life Sciences. Monsanto Fund was instrumental in making this new facility a reality by providing a $250,000 grant for the expansion and science equipment.

“Deborah has made substantial contributions to St. Louis Community College to help our students realize the many opportunities available in the life sciences,” said Myrtle Dorsey, Ph.D., STLCC chancellor. “We thank her for her determination to help further St. Louis workforce training and for her unwavering commitment to providing educational opportunities to all students who seek them.”

In addition to her duties as Monsanto Fund president, Patterson leads Monsanto Company’s global contributions and employee engagement programs. As the philanthropic arm of Monsanto, the fund is committed to strengthening both farming communities and the communities where Monsanto employees live and work by providing basic education support and meeting critical needs in communities.

“I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the work done through the Monsanto Fund,” said Patterson. “Education creates economic opportunity, stabilizes communities and gives everyone the opportunity to succeed. The St. Louis Community College system offers a great education at an affordable price. Through the fantastic programming offered; students will have access to better economic opportunities.”