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History

STLCC THROUGH THE YEARS
1961 1963 1965 1966 1970 1972 1975 1976 1978 1981 1982 1983 1984 1988 1989 1994 1997 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2006 2007

   1961 Legislation passed to permit creation of statewide junior college districts
   1962

Voters approve creation of the Junior College District of St. Louis-St. Louis County and a board of trustees
Joseph P. Cosand chosen to be the district's first president

   1963 Board approves names: Meramec Community College and Florissant  Valley Community College; 798 students enroll at temporary facilities
   1965 $47.2 million bond issue approved, the largest in junior college history at that time; cornerstone layings mark permanent construction in the district
   1966 JCD obtains accreditation faster than any other junior college in the history of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
   1967 Classes begin at Forest Park
   1970 Forest Park campus completed
Voters approve a one-year, five-cent tax increase for JCD operations
   1971 Florissant Valley campus completed
Administrative Center opens at 5801 Wilson Ave.
   1972   Meramec campus completed
Joseph W. Fordyce becomes second district president
   1973 JCD offers the first televised course - Western Civilization - on KETC-TV
   1974  2,040 veterans are enrolled at Florissant Valley, the highest number in Missouri; the veterans program features outreach, recruitment, peer counseling and tutorial services
   1975 Richard K. Greenfield becomes third district president
70 career programs now available
Student fees are $17 per credit hour; voters approve past and future increases in student tuition and other fees
Enrollment increases 25 percent; majority are retraining for new jobs or job enhancement
   1976 JCD changes name to St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec
Florissant Valley is the only community college in Missouri to have four engineering programs approved by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development
Florissant Valley becomes the first community college nationwide to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art
   1978 Formation of the Theater of the Deaf at Florissant Valley and its first production, “The Man Who Laughed”
   1979 Institute for Continuing Education established; courses are offered at 50 community locations
   1980   Enrollments of 29,905, 32 percent full and 68 percent part-time students
   1981 STLCC offers courses over the Higher Education Channel, PBS and People's Choice Television after joining with 10 local colleges and four universities to form the Higher Education Center of St. Louis to provide three educational channels – one for use by higher education and two for use by KETC-TV
On-site classes and customized training offered at area employers such as McDonnell Douglas, Emerson Electric, Brown Shoe, Famous-Barr, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Schnucks Markets, Southwestern Bell and Monsanto
   1982 STLCC observes its 20th anniversary
Dedication of a new administrative center on Wilson Avenue
The South County Education Center in Mehlville opens
   1983 More than 34,000 students enrolled; 300,000 area residents served since the college's inception
   1984 Taxpayers approve local property tax increase from 22 cents to 32 cents per $100 assessed valuation to support STLCC, the first tax increase in 14 years
Clarkson Education Center in West County begins in space rented at Clarkson and Clayton roads
   1985 Property reassessments roll back the tax rate to 23.2 cents per $100 assessed valuation; student fees are $24.50 per credit hour
   1986 Michael A. Crawford becomes chancellor
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the state-of-the-art Child Development Center at Florissant Valley
   1987 The Center for Business, Industry and Labor is established and a three-year project with McDonnell Douglas Corp. to provide 10,000 hours of computer-based training begins
Clarkson Education Center renamed the West County Education Center
   1988 Emerson Electric Co. Minority Engineering Scholarship begins, a cooperative effort among STLCC, Emerson and the University of Missouri-Rolla to provide financial support for African-American, Hispanic and Native American St. Louis area high school students interested in engineering careers
Forest Park's "Step Up to College" program addresses minority enrollment slipping from 52 percent to 37 percent over a four-year period
Florissant Valley's Child Development Center opens; considered a national model
   1989 Dedication of Joseph P. Cosand Community College Center at 300 S. Broadway
New state-of-the-art fiber optic digital telecommunication system from Southwestern Bell Telephone installed, allowing video, audio, voice and data transmission capabilities, connecting campuses and the downtown center
College leases space at the Barn at Lucerne to house its West County Education Center
STLCC transmits its first satellite training program – for emergency medical personnel – to community colleges in Missouri and portions of Illinois
   1990 STLCC-Meramec named one of 11 Beacon Colleges nationwide by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, enabling Meramec faculty to develop new teaching techniques
Florissant Valley develops the Woman Entrepreneur program, a small business curriculum for women
   1992 STLCC forms a Tech Prep Consortium with area high schools to blend college-prep education during the last two years of high school with two years at college to earn an associate's degree
   1993 Gwendolyn W. Stephenson becomes chancellor
STLCC conducts the first interactive seminar offered via the Higher Education Channel, transmitting a workshop on infection hazards in emergency medical services from an electronic classroom at Meramec to fire stations in Mehlville, Pattonville, Maryland Heights and Eureka
   1994 The Northside Education Center, named after the late William J. Harrison, opens in the old Julia Davis branch of the St. Louis Public Library
   1996 The Woman Entrepreneur program receives a Model Program Award from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges as one of the three best training programs nationally for women
   1997 Missouri's A+ School program is established, allowing students who graduate from designated schools to have their community college tuition, fees and books paid by the state
   1998 Vivian B. Blevins becomes chancellor
Meramec's Humanities East expansion is completed, housing one of the nation's best computer imaging center
STLCC partners with Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis to offer a 2+2 bachelor's degree in industrial technology available entirely in St. Louis
Forest Park conducts a Cisco Networking Academy program to serve populations that have traditionally lacked access to technology and technology education
STLCC receives 10-year accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
   1999 Jack E. Miller Hospitality Studies Center opens at Forest Park, featuring state-of-the-art facilities for culinary arts
Florissant Valley opens a training center as a hub for Center for Business, Industry and Labor training
Founding president Joseph P. Cosand dies; Kathleen Cosand establishes an endowment in his name
Florissant Valley becomes one of only two community colleges in the Midwest to offer a biotechnology program
   2000 Henry D. Shannon, Ph.D., becomes chancellor
STLCC, UM-St. Louis and SEMO partner to offer a 2+2 bachelor's degree program in horticulture/agribusiness
   2001 STLCC breaks ground to build a new South County Education Center
   2002  College begins discussions with West County residents regarding construction of a fourth campus
STLCC observes 40th anniversary
   2003 STLCC breaks ground for new advanced manufacturing center at Florissant Valley
   2004 STLCC, Southeast Missouri State University sign articulation agreement to offer an online bachelor's degree program in general studies
STLCC officials dedicate the Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing at Florissant Valley
   2005  STLCC breaks ground for new campus in West County
STLCC, Lindenwood sign articulation agreement whereby STLCC students who complete an associate's degree can transfer into bachelor's degree programs at Lindenwood
STLCC, University of Missouri-Rolla sign articulation agreement for international student transfer
   2006 Chancellor Henry D. Shannon serves as chair of the League for Innovation in the Community College Board of Directors
STLCC, University of Missouri-St. Louis sign partnership agreement for the Wildwood campus
STLCC receives Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase success rate of minority and international nursing students
STLCC, Webster University sign articulation agreement for students in business and related courses
   2007 STLCC-Wildwood campus receives two awards for outstanding design
Anheuser-Busch Foundation pledges $300,000 to support construction of STLCC's new Harrison Education Center
Zelema Harris, Ed.D., is named interim chancellor
STLCC dedicates new campus in Wildwood

2008

Wildwood campus is the first community college campus in the United States to receive a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification

2009

STLCC breaks ground for the new William J. Harrison Education Center in the city’s JeffVanderLou neighborhood. STLCC establishes Center for Plant and Life Sciences inside the newly completed Bio-Research Development and Growth (BRDG) Park to address the needs of the growing plant and life sciences industry in the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri.
Workforce and Community Development (WCD) sponsors first State of the St. Louis Workforce Report to provide critical workforce intelligence to business, economic development and education decision makers.

2010

STLCC acquires the former Circuit City facility near the Florissant Valley campus to support technical training and further enhance the existing partnership between Florissant Valley and WCD.
STLCC becomes first Missouri community college to join Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count.
WCD hosts second State of St. Louis Workforce Report.
New Harrison Education Center opens for classes in August; community dedication event conducted in October.
STLCC acquires property in Bridgeton to open the Corporate Center, building upon the services it provides to the St. Louis area’s business and professional community.

2011

Chancellor Zelema Harris announces her retirement in January.
STLCC consolidates athletics into districtwide teams.
Myrtle E.B. Dorsey named STLCC chancellor, and serves as chair of the AACC Board of Directors.
WCD hosts third State of St. Louis Workforce Report.
Harrison Education Center receives LEED gold certification.
STLCC dedicates Center for Workforce Innovation