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STLCC Named Finalist for St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Arcus Award

December 09, 2013

St. Louis Community College was recognized at the inaugural Arcus Awards on Nov. 26 by the St. Louis Regional Chamber as one of the leaders propelling the St. Louis region forward.

STLCC was selected by a panel of distinguished business scholars and business executives as one of 12 finalists for the Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment. The college was recognized for its exceptional commitment to championing a greater St. Louis region by providing leadership in the area of workforce education and skills development.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the St. Louis region’s premier providers of higher education and workforce training,” said Dennis Michaelis, Ph.D., STLCC interim chancellor. “Continuing a five-decade tradition, St. Louis Community College is committed to preparing all of St. Louis for the economic, social and cultural challenges ahead.”

Two of STLCC’s hallmark initiatives that best exemplify its impact and commitment to the community are the State of St. Louis Workforce Report and the Center for Plant and Life Sciences.

State of St. Louis Workforce Report  

This year, STLCC presented the region with the fifth consecutive State of the St. Louis Workforce Report providing timely and critical workforce and economic intelligence to help the community and strategic partners respond to the most pressing talent development issues.

In addition to helping hundreds of regional leaders better understand the regional workforce, since 2009, the research has guided STLCC to:

  • Develop 13 new accelerated training programs through the expansion of entrepreneurial services.
  • Establish the WorkKeys® Solution Center.
  • Secure nearly $7.7 million in U.S. Department of Labor grants to develop and deliver healthcare and manufacturing education/training programs.
  • Launch “Career Coach,” a web-based tool that brings actionable workforce intelligence to the fingertips of college students and alumni.

Plant Science lab  
STLCC's Center for Plant and Life Sciences
helps train technicians for the bioscience startups
in the region. 

The STLCC Center for Plant and Life Sciences' BioBench model helped rapidly create a skilled workforce to support the exploding bioscience startup ecosystem in the St. Louis region.

An example of the successful pipeline that has been created is one of the Contract Research Organization-assisted companies that was able to achieve its target research goals, consequently receiving $7 million in funding. The company immediately hired the three interns from the center that were involved in the project, and have subsequently hired another two this fall.  

“The St. Louis Regional Chamber exists to inspire a greater St. Louis. And that’s what we wanted to celebrate – the companies and organizations who are inspiring others and innovating the way for the region,” said Joe Reagan, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. “We are inspired by the work done by St. Louis Community College. By showcasing its innovation, we hope to continue the great momentum it has started in our community.”

The Arcus Awards replace the chamber’s annual Top 50 Awards, which recognized the top businesses in the metropolitan area. STLCC is a two-time recipient of Top 50 Award.

Bethesda Health Group earned the top prize during the award ceremony. Besides the Arcus Award for educational attainment, the chamber also presented Arcus Awards for achievement in bioscience, financial and information services, health and science services, multimodal logistics and advanced manufacturing, economic inclusion, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Additionally, the chamber presented the Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award and the BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award.