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STLCC Program Helps McCarty Climb the Corporate Ladder

April 04, 2012

Heather McCarty  
Heather McCarty, a 2011 graduate of St. Louis Community College, has earned two promotions while working for a local market research group. She currently is a research analyst.

















As a telephone interviewer, Heather McCarty was in the business of asking questions. In an effort to literally move up the corporate ladder, McCarty learned from colleagues at a local market research group that education was the key to such a move.

Her research led McCarty to St. Louis Community College’s information systems program.

“My goal was to move to the corporate side (of the business), so I asked the people I wanted to work for or with which classes I would need to take,” said McCarty, who lives in Overland. “St. Louis Community College had several programs that met my company’s requirements, plus the campuses were close to home and the programs were affordable.”

Since graduating from STLCC in 2011 with an associate degree in information systems (office information coordinator option), McCarty has twice been promoted and now is a research analyst. But she’s not stopping there.

“My company has offered to help me go back for programming classes, which I’m now looking into,” she said.

McCarty admitted it was tough taking classes, working 35 hours a week and taking care of her young daughter Haley while her husband James worked evenings so the couple could avoid costly daycare.

“I found myself running on three-to-four hours of sleep, but it was all worth it,” she said. “I really enjoyed being able to take so many of my classes online, which also taught me the discipline to work without close supervision.”

McCarty said the STLCC program helped give her the confidence to make presentations as well as join professional organizations such as the International Association of Administrative Professionals to enhance her network of working professionals.

“I have always loved computers, and those skills are essential to have in today’s job market,” McCarty said.

Individuals interested in careers in microcomputer applications and office information coordination are invited to attend St. Louis Community College’s special information session 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Center at the Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road. Prospective students will:

  • Learn about academic requirements and career options.
  • Hear from current students about their experiences in the program.
  • Participate in interactive sessions.
  • Find out how to get started at STLCC.

Registration is requested; call 314-539-5002 or visit www.stlcc.edu/visit. For more information, call 314-539-5002 or e-mail AskUs@stlcc.edu. Individuals with disabilities who have accommodation needs should call 314-539-5002.