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STLCC Representatives Attend Rally Day
February 28, 2012
|Officials from St. Louis Community College met with members of the Missouri Legislature Feb. 22 during Rally Day at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. Pictured are, seated from left, Rep. Tommie Pierson; Rep. Jill Schupp; Marcia Pfeiffer, Florissant Valley campus president; Rep. Sharon Pace; and Rep. Karla May; and standing, from left, Rep. Rick Stream; George Wasson, Meramec campus president; Pam McIntyre, Wildwood campus president; Melissa Hattman, chair of the STLCC Board of Trustees; Myrtle E.B. Dorsey, STLCC chancellor; Rep. Margo McNeil, who also serves on the STLCC Board of Trustees; Cindy Hess, Forest Park campus president; and Rep. Clem Smith.|
Approximately 150 students, trustees, employees and other supporters of Missouri’s community colleges rallied at the Missouri State Capitol Feb. 22.
“Rally Day” provided an opportunity to meet with legislators and state officials and to urge support of Missouri’s community colleges.
St. Louis Community College officials met with members of the Missouri Legislature to discuss priorities for community colleges this year. Those priorities include maintaining funding for operations, continuing to fund the A+ Scholarship program, identifying sources of funding for capital projects, enhancing workforce competitiveness through training programs, and maintaining a strong nursing workforce.
During the past 10 years, enrollment in Missouri’s community colleges has increased by more than 50 per cent, growing twice as fast as public university enrollment between 2001 and 2010, according to MCCA.
Missouri has 12 community college districts, serving more than 152,000 students taking classes for college credit and 126,000 non-credit students. Nationally, community colleges enroll nearly half of all undergraduates.
STLCC is the largest community college district in Missouri and the second largest institution of higher education in the state. In the past six years, the college has awarded students with more than 12,200 degrees and certificates in programs such as allied health, business administration, general transfer studies, information systems, life sciences, engineering and technology-related areas. Approximately 1,800 STLCC students annually transfer to Missouri four-year colleges and universities. Nearly 90 percent of all STLCC graduates remain in the region.
In addition to programs of study intended to allow a student to transfer to a four-year institution or go directly into a career or technical field, community colleges provide a wealth of training for the state’s businesses and industries.