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STLCC Launches Rockwood Early College Partnership

St. Louis Community College-Wildwood kicked off its first-ever new student registration workshop for the Rockwood Early College Partnership (ECP) on June 1, welcoming nearly two dozen students and their families to campus.

In addition to meeting with academic advisors, students registered for classes, took a campus tour and received information about campus activities.

The ECP is a two-year, full-immersion, dual-enrollment program that enables students to obtain an associate degree while fulfilling their Missouri graduation requirements. In addition to getting a jump start on their college career, students benefit from cost-free college because their tuition is covered by the school district.

Nearly 30 students from Rockwood’s four high schools have signed up. The program provides students with a flexible schedule in a college setting. When they aren’t in class, they have a common space on campus where they can study together, eat lunch and socialize.

Wildwood Associate Provost Mike Dreith, Ed.D., welcomed students and families to STLCC during the workshop.

“We are excited for you to begin your higher education career at Wildwood,” Dreith said. “We are invested in this program, and we are committed to your success.”

While STLCC offers a similar early college program at its Forest Park campus, this is the college’s first dual enrollment partnership with a school district in west St. Louis County.

Superintendent Eric Knost, Ed.D., commended students for being among the first in Rockwood to enroll in the early college program.

“We are continually looking for new ways to innovate in Rockwood, and this program is no different.” Knost said. “We look forward to expanding the program in the future to allow for greater participation among our high school students.”

Rockwood student Maxwell Mick said he looks forward to starting his junior year at Lafayette and STLCC-Wildwood.

“I just like that I get to go to college classes and get my computer science degree early,” Mick said. “I can actually graduate at the same time as my brother.”

Parent Patti Maeda explained why her daughter, Nick, applied for the program.

“Nick already knows what she wants to do with her life,” Maeda said. “She wants to be an interior designer, and she plans to go to Maryville University to accomplish that. She knows their prerequisites and she’s going to be taking some interior design classes as part of her curriculum.”

Nick Maeda added, “I want to get on with my life and get a jump start on it.”

The program gets under way in August. Student orientation is slated for Aug. 17, and classes begin Aug. 21.