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Harrison Center to Offer Degree, Certificate programs

December 09, 2013

Harrison Center  

Beginning in January, the William J. Harrison Education Center will be the new home for the associate degree and certificate programs in human services, emergency medical technology, paramedic technology and fire protection technology.

Located near Grand Center at 3140 Cass Ave., the Harrison Center is being repurposed to accommodate students who want to start and complete their programs on site.

Both day and night classes will be offered, and there will be general education courses to satisfy program requirements. Staff is available for admissions, registration, advising, counseling and financial aid.

The 31,000-square-foot facility features science and computer labs, five state-of-the-art smart technology classrooms, multipurpose community room, bookstore, commons area, outreach center, art studio and administrative offices. The building contains the latest high-tech audio-visual equipment and provides wireless connectivity throughout.

“The center is a microcosm of the STLCC-Forest Park campus. Every service students are able to receive at the main campus will be available to them,” said Tracy Hall, Ed.D., vice president of academic affairs.

Campus life and bookstore services are available at the center, where students can obtain their STLCC OneCard/ID, parking passes as well as their books and needed supplies. The center also will offer tutoring and limited library services.

“We look to partner with as many people and programs as possible. We want to better serve our students, and we want to deliver a quality education to our students,” said Stacy M. Edwards, Harrison Center manager.

The Harrison Center has more than 100 parking spaces and is served by the St. Louis MetroBus.

In order to provide a safe environment for learning, the Harrison Center has numerous surveillance cameras in operation throughout the area as well as uniformed campus police officers on staff. There will be an increased presence of the officers during the evening hours.  In addition, employees receive annual safety training.

“We are committed to the safety and well-being of our students and employees at the Harrison Center," Hall said. “The staff works well together and love being here," she said. "They know the students and recognize familiar faces.”

HEC's Program Offerings

Both an associate degree and a certificate are available in fire protection technology. The program is designed to train potential firefighters and upgrade the skills of those currently employed in the field. The program also encompasses fire department management and procedures, water supplies, methods of calculation, and supervision and property inspection for the application of fire codes and insurance company requirements.

Two certificates in emergency medical technology will be offered in their entirety at the center.

“Employment for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow much faster than average, according to the U.S. Department of Labor,” Edwards said. “Growth will be due to population increases and urbanization, and the aging Baby Boomer generation will need increased emergency medical care."

The paramedic technology program prepares students to use ambulance, rescue vehicle and hospital emergency room equipment and provide high-level emergency medical care and stabilize emergency patients.

Human services encompasses such diverse areas as social welfare, mental health, juvenile and adult correctional programs, geriatrics, education, counseling and related fields in business, industry and health care. Students can work after completion of their associate degree or transfer to a four-year college or university to continue their studies in a specialized area.

“The number of social and human service assistants is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, ranking it among the most rapidly growing,” said Angela Roffle, coordinator of the human services program. “Many of the job opportunities will arise from an increasing number of people retiring from the field. There will be keen competition in urban areas, but people that have a post-secondary education will get the best opportunities.”

The patient care technician will continue to be offered through continuing education as well as other non-credit classes.

Community Outreach

Edwards said developing relationships in continuing education is important to not just North City, but all areas of St. Louis and St. Louis County.

“Community outreach is a very important part of our mission. We have fabulous meeting space for the community to hold continuing education programs. We’re education-centered to better the community and our students,” she said.

The Tyrone Thompson Institute for Non-Violence is also housed at the center. Through the program, funded by the Kwame Foundation, the institute offers a new approach to school suspensions. STLCC students tutor and mentor suspended students in the St. Louis Public School District, through eighth grade.

“We are proud to house the institute and look forward to strengthening our partnership with the Thompson family as we work together to address the societal issues impacting the community,” Hall said.

“I love being in education because this is a chance to give back and help individuals turn their lives around, help to motivate, encourage and give people an opportunity to make themselves better,” Edwards said. “This is where you really get to make an impact on people – and see it every day.”

To get started, students should call 314-763-6000, or visit www.stlcc.edu for more information.