Welcome to Front and Center!
Front and Center is where you’ll stay up-to-date about the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences at STLCC-Forest Park as it becomes the new front door to the campus and a state-of-the-art building for students and faculty.
The Center, the first new academic building at Forest Park in 20 years, will allow STLCC to serve more students and expand popular programs in health sciences. It’s an example of the College’s strategic plan to focus resources and improve in-demand education and training for students.
Features of the Center
The Center will cover 96,000 square feet over four floors to include:
- Dental clinic
- Allied health
- Modern science labs and classrooms
- Teaching areas
- Innovative space
- Building support
- More flexible space and seating
- More natural lighting
- Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED)
Take a look! Our construction partners at Tarlton take drone footage of the project to create video updates.
July 13, 2018
- The Center for Nursing and Health Sciences will serve approximately 900 students in nursing and health science professions.
- STLCC’s nursing program enrolls 400 students every semester.
- In fall 2017, more than 1,080 students declared a major in an STLCC allied health program.
- In 2017, there were 142 nursing graduates. In spring 2018, there were 83 graduates.
- Among health sciences, STLCC has a 90 percent job placement rate.
- Eighty percent of recent graduates start a Bachelor of Science in nursing within one year after graduation.
- The nursing program has 32 full-time faculty and approximately 32 part-time faculty.
- The current building for health science was completed in 1968.
- It’s more cost-efficient to construct a new site rather than renovate the existing building at a higher cost.
Student Diversity in STLCC Nursing Education
- Female students – 89 percent
- Male students – 11 percent
- White – 49 percent
- Black/African American – 40 percent
- Asian, Hispanic or multiracial – 11 percent
- Average age: 32
- In the last five years, students identified more than 40 countries as their place of birth such as Afghanistan, Albania, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Morroco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam
Diversity in Design, Construction
KAI Design & Build, established in St. Louis in 1980, designed the Center. The project team consists of more than 85 percent minority business and woman business enterprises through KAI and its consultants.
Tarlton Corporation, a certified women’s business enterprise based in St. Louis, is leading the construction. Tarlton currently consists of 19 percent minority-owned and 11-percent women-owned businesses, with the intent to increase as the project continues.
Impact on Local, Regional Employment
- In the region, projected growth for healthcare jobs is 11 percent, compared to a five-percent growth rate for all industries
- Recently, there were nearly 20,000 job postings for healthcare positions
- 2016 State of the St. Louis Workforce Report cited 44 percent of healthcare employers had a shortage of knowledgeable and skilled workers; 80 percent of healthcare employers said they are forced to hire less experienced workers
- The project will employ skilled tradesmen and professionals to take the Center from design to completion.
September 2016 – STLCC’s Board of Trustees approve the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences at a special board meeting.
February 2017 – The Board approved designs and plans for the Center.
August 2017 – The Board approved the cost and financing – $39 million – to have a minimal impact on the College’s operating budget.
March 2018 – Groundbreaking ceremony
April 2018 – Construction began
Fall 2019 – Center for Nursing and Health Sciences opens for students, faculty