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MCCA Recognizes Legislators, SSM Healthcare for Support of STLCC

November 05, 2013

Michelle Kratky  
Michelle Kratky, center, receives the MCCA Distinguished Legislator Award. Also pictured are Cindy Hess, left, president of STLCC's Forest Park campus, and Zora Mulligan, executive director of the Missouri Community College Association.

The Missouri Community College Association recently recognized two local legislators and SSM Healthcare System for their support of St. Louis Community College.


Mo. Reps. Michele Kratky (D-65th Dist.) and John Diehl (R-87th Dist.) each received the Missouri Community College Association's Distinguished Legislator Award.  Kratky’s house district includes parts of St. Louis City, while Diehl’s includes parts of St. Louis County.


Zora Mulligan, MCCA executive director, said Kratky was chosen to receive the award because of her tireless advocacy for community college job training programs.  As the ranking minority member on the House Economic Development Committee, Kratky has worked closely with the committee chair and bill sponsors to get bipartisan support for major job training legislation. 


Mulligan noted that Diehl, the House Majority Floor Leader, was chosen for his strong leadership as floor leader and commitment to community college issues.  She also noted his advocacy on behalf of St. Louis Community College and intense interest in issues that would affect the students and community the college serves. 


MCCA also presented SSM Health Care System and the director of its education service center Pat Tubbesing, with the MoWINs Partnership Award. This award recognizes an outstanding partnership between a community college and employers working together in the MoHealthWINs or MoManufacturingWINs program.


SSM and Tubbesing have played a key role in preparing students for work in the health services/health sciences industry through the MoHealthWINs program.  SSM leaders have worked closely with St. Louis Community College to leverage MoHealthWINs to help meet the talent needs of the SSM organization.  SSM has helped develop curricula, provided clinical placements, interviewed program completers, and donated equipment to help the college successfully implement the grant. 


The Missouri Community College Association is a statewide organization through which Missouri’s community colleges work together to advance common agendas.  MCCA provides advocacy, education, information, and networking opportunities in service of the state’s 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.