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Snapshots of Success at STLCC — Fall 2017

Students Ting Ming Wei, left, and Breana Houska participate in an Adopt-a-Highway service project with Stephanie Church, coordinator for Campus Life and College Transition, as part of the Volunteers of Wildwood Club.

For 55 years, St. Louis Community College has served as a vital resource for the St. Louis region.

The college’s rich tradition of success is rooted in its outstanding students and staff, its innovative programs and offerings, and its unique ability to adapt to workforce and community needs.

STLCC has much to be proud of, and this year is no different. Take a moment to review some snapshots of success from the fall semester.

Outstanding Students and Staff
The men’s soccer team competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Tournament in November. The Archers held the No. 1 ranking for seven consecutive weeks this season, earning recognition along the way as Missouri Community College Athletic Conference, Region XVI and District champions. At nationals, the team scored both a win and a loss, yet didn’t advance to the finals. Student-athlete Savino Livornese was named to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team, while Chris Eduardo, Connor Summerhill and Noah Vezzu were selected for the All-Region Team. Overall, the Archers had an impressive season, finishing 23-1-0.

Wildwood student Breana Houska proclaims she’s “addicted to being active” at STLCC. Although she was hesitant to get involved when she first enrolled, once she got started, she excelled. Today, she is completing the final courses she needs to earn an associate degree. She is also active in several campus clubs, including serving as president of STLCC-Wildwood’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa; president of Volunteers of Wildwood, the campus community service club; and secretary for the Student Government Association.

Shelly Tisius

From learning to leading, STLCC alum Shelly Tisius seized an opportunity to fill a gap in the Deaf Communications industry by starting MT & Associates (MT&A). A trained interpreter, her company provides expert sign language interpreting and consulting, with its sole focus on bridging gaps between Deaf and Hearing consumers. In August, MT&A was recognized as one of the Small Business Monthly (SBM) Future 50 Companies, SBM’s annual search for the 50 fast-growing, top small companies in St. Louis.

Gary Gackstatter, assistant professor of music at Meramec, received the Missouri Humanities Council’s 2017 Excellence in Education Award. Each year, this award recognizes a Missouri teacher or educator who has demonstrated an incredible aptitude for engaging students over the course of his or her career. It especially values those who foster creativity, critical thinking and an understanding of civic and social responsibility. Gackstatter has taught, performed and composed music for more than 30 years. At Meramec, he teaches music appreciation, beginning guitar, basic music, and leads both the Symphonic Band and Orchestra.

Innovative Programs

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Jeff Pittman, chancellor, St. Louis Community College, and Tom George, chancellor, University of Missouri – St. Louis.

In an effort to address the need for high school science and math teachers in the St. Louis region, STLCC-Florissant Valley signed a partnership agreement with the University of Missouri-St. Louis to offer its We Teach MO Initiative. Through this program, college students with an interest in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – will get introduced to careers as math and science educators through a one-credit hour, tuition-free course.

St. Louis Community College earned a designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y). This designation, with the support of the National Science Foundation and the National Cyberwatch Center, means the college has a robust cybersecurity program that meets the national training standards. STLCC is the first community college in Missouri to receive the five-year designation for cybersecurity. Staff from the cybersecurity program, which is housed at Forest Park, were recognized during a ceremony at the National Initiative for Cybersecruity Education Conference in Dayton, Ohio.

Yecenia Arango is pictured on the left with two other participants at Windsor Castle.

Organized through STLCC’s Global Institute, a partnership supported by Maritz, STLCC arranged for nearly two dozen community college students to explore firsthand narratives of World War II military and civilian culture in England and France.  According to Chris Sulincevski, coordinator of international programs at STLCC, “This study abroad program was developed for veterans as a way to offer them new access to intercultural experiences.” In addition to leading students on guided tours of historic World War II sites and museums, the group had the opportunity to cross the English Channel to Normandy, France on June 6 — the 73rd anniversary of the original Allied invasion that led to the eventual liberation of Europe.

Facilities and Resources
Thanks to the generosity of a local family, the STLCC Foundation received $1.1 million to establish a scholarship fund for students pursuing careers in nursing. Through the Jerome and Lorraine Wallis Endowed Scholarship Fund in Nursing, qualified students will receive tuition assistance and financial support to cover the cost of books and supplies. Karen Mayes, director of nursing education, explained the significance of the award. “Lorraine Wallis began donating scholarship money in 1988 to deserving STLCC nursing students because of the nursing care her husband received many years ago when hospitalized.” This new scholarship fund not only enhances the college’s commitment to nurse education, but it also creates a lasting impact on students’ lives. Scholarship awards will be available to students by fall 2018.

With demand for healthcare jobs on the rise, STLCC announced plans to build the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences at Forest Park. Spanning 96,000 square feet, this new, state-of-the-art learning facility will provide labs, classrooms and teaching areas for various health sciences programs at STLCC, including dental hygiene, dental assistant, emergency medical technology, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, radiologic technology and more. As a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, building, and the first to be built at Forest Park in 20 years, the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences reflects the college’s commitment to improve in-demand education and training for students. The $39 million project is slated to welcome students and faculty in fall 2019. The project will have a minimal impact on the operating budget because it will be financed by bonds held by the college.

To keep up with other good news from STLCC, check out the college’s social media accounts.
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