Mo. Rep. Tommie Pierson Jr. (D-Dist. 66) and his wife Zorata recently visited St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley to tour facilities in and around the campus.
The tour focused on the programs available to individuals in his legislative district and the surrounding communities to further job development and community growth. It also included programs and facilities invested in growing Missouri’s workforce such as the Center for Workforce Innovation and the Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing, which includes the Boeing Pre-employment program among other opportunities for students.
Pierson also had the opportunity to have insightful and engaging conversation with a number of students in the Gateway to College program. This program assists students who are at risk of not graduating high school and gives them the chance to earn their diploma at the college. This opportunity also provides the Gateway to College Scholars Academy, which focuses on giving high achieving students ages 16 to 20 the chance to earn a high school diploma while earning college credit toward an associate degree or certificate.
The tour also included Instructional Resources, which includes the library, and Contemporary Art Gallery on the campus.
Pierson, who was elected to his first two-year term in November, represents parts of St. Louis County and St. Louis City. He also teaches math in north St. Louis County and is the pastor of inStep Church.
Pierson graduated from Parkway North High School in 1991. He earned his bachelor’s degree in applied math from Washington University, and holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Covenant Theological Seminary.