Life Sciences and Student Services Renovations Complete
The Grand Openings and Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for the Life Sciences and Student Services areas were held Oct. 14 at St. Charles Community College. The renovations were made possible thanks to voters of Proposition Community College (Prop CC) in 2020. Fall 2022 classes are being held for the first time this semester in the renovated Life Sciences Building, formerly the Café Bookstore. There are five new science labs, along with additional classrooms, offices and student study areas. The renovations provide a more expansive learning environment for our students while also creating the potential for growth in STEM programs. Student Services staff members are now welcoming students to the newly renovated, student-centric space on the first floor of the Administration Building for admissions, advising, financial aid, student wellness and more. The design creates a state-of-the-art environment for students to easily access key enrollment and advisement functions. During the ceremonies Trustee Mary Stodden, president of St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees, recognized the support of voters in passing Proposition Community College and shared the following: “As trustees we take seriously our role in ensuring the prudent use of public funds. I am proud to share with you today that both projects came in under budget.”
Also in attendance were a number of community and business leaders including Representative John Wiemann, Cottleville Mayor Bob Ronkoski, Dardenne Prairie Mayor John Gotway, President and CEO of the Economic Development Center of St. Charles County Scott Drachnik, and Aldermen from St. Peters and Cottleville. The architects and construction managers responsible for each project were also recognized and include: (For Life Sciences) Wright Construction Services, FGM Architects, and SSC Engineering. (For Student Services) Aspire Construction Services, Lawrence Group, and Ross and Baruzzini.
Expanding West with a Regional Workforce Innovation Center
St. Charles Community College plans to expand west, building its Regional Workforce Innovation Center on land the college recently purchased in unincorporated St. Charles County near the new David Hoekel I-70 Interchange close to Wentzville and Foristell. Construction will begin this spring, with anticipated completion in 2025.
Technical programs, like advanced manufacturing, are planned for the 40,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility.
“The programs will meet the needs of business and industry and prepare students for high demand careers in the region,” said Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., SCC president.
SCC will use $10 million in funds from Proposition Community College (Prop CC), passed by voters in August 2020, $10 million in matching funds the college received through the American Rescue Plan funds allocated by the state, and $4.4 million from the MoExcels Workforce Initiative through the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.
St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. Registration for Spring semester is now open with classes starting on January 23. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.