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Freshman Legislators Tour Stops at STLCC

December 11, 2012

Legislators Tour  
Rod Nunn discusses the state of the St. Louis workforce with a group of Missouri's newly elected legislators during a Dec. 7 stop at St. Louis Community College's Corporate College.

The importance of partnerships was the topic of conversation for more than 40 members of Missouri’s newly elected legislative class who visited St. Louis Community College’s Corporate College Dec. 7 during the last stop on the 2012 Freshman Legislators Tour.

Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey welcomed the group and offered a brief overview of STLCC.  Rod Nunn, STLCC’s vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions, then discussed programs and partnerships that help individuals quickly retool for jobs.

“The community is healthy when the workforce is healthy,” Nunn told the group. “It is critical for economic growth that we connect jobs to what is going on in the community.”

Representatives from STLCC’s business and corporate partners also shared with the group how their working relationships with the college have impacted the local workforce.

“From a credit perspective, it’s important that our apprentices have a pathway to degrees,” said John Gaal, director of training and workforce development for the Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis. “On the non-credit side, contractors have needs we can’t address. We look to St. Louis Community College to design programs that benefit the trades.”

Pat Tubbesing, director of the Education Service Center at SSM Health Care, noted the success of programs designed by STLCC to help SSM employees who are not caregivers find entry points to those professions.  “Creating those career pathways is so important, and it speaks to a rich partnership we have with St. Louis Community College,” she said. “Understanding needs and working together is so critical. We want to make sure we have the best people taking care of our patients at their bedside.”

The Missouri General Assembly convenes Jan. 9 in Jefferson City.