STLCC Programs Finalist for Bellwether Award
January 28, 2016
Congratulations to St. Louis Community College's Life Science Lab Assistant and Biotechnology programs, whose joint presentation was named a finalist for a prestigious 2016 Bellwether Award.
STLCC's entry, "Building a Degree Pathway in Biotechnology from High School to Employment," was a finalist in the Workforce Development category. The presentation described the work that the college is currently doing to provide opportunities for high school students to learn more about STEM occupations and provide pathways for fulfilling careers.
The presentation was done by Scott Gevaert, Ph.D., Life Science Lab Assistant program coordinator; Jennifer Hill, Biotechnology program coordinator; Julie Fickas, interim dean of the Science, Math, and Health division at the Meramec campus; Tim Knox, science teacher from Affton High School; and me.
To be considered in this category, programs or activities must demonstrate a public and/or private alliance and partnership that promotes community and economic development.
The other categories are Instructional Programs and Services, and Planning, Governance & Finance.
Only 10 finalists are chosen in these categories from more than 1,000 entries. Nominations are submitted from cosponsoring organizations, state officials, previously competitively reviewed presentations at other national conventions, and programs featured in the media across the nation.
The winning entry in the Workforce Development category was submitted by Alamo Colleges (San Antonio, TX). Awards were presented Jan. 26.
The Bellwether Awards are presented by the Community College Futures Assembly and sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida. The futures assembly convenes annually as an independent national policy forum for key opinion leaders to serve as a think tank in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges, and to recognize Bellwether finalist colleges as trend-setting institutions.
Congratulations again to STLCC's Life Science Lab Assistant and Biotechnology programs for being nominated for this outstanding award.
WESP Scholarships Help Florissant Valley Students
At age 34, Christina Rose decided to better herself so she could find decent employment.
After obtaining her GED in 2011, Rose enrolled at St. Louis Community College unsure about her major. She was interested in the sciences but couldn’t decide. After taking some general courses, Rose decided to pursue biotechnology.
“Biotechnology is a fast-growing science. With a degree in biotechnology, I can have several different employment options,” she said.
As a single mother, Rose’s biggest challenge was obtaining the funds to not only pay for school, but also to support her family. Rose found out about the YWCA Women’s Economic Stability Partnership (WESP) scholarship from Carla Jordan, Career and Technical Education Transition Specialist at STLCC. (Click here to read the complete article)