According to Dr. Terry Harris, executive director of student services, the goal is to offer students an innovative program that meets their academic needs. “Students will have a flexible schedule in a college setting. The program will be individualized to meet their career pathways.” Dr. Harris went on to recognize the need to support students in this non-traditional setting. “Students will have access to STLCC tutors, as well as Rockwood guidance counselors. We’ll ensure students and families have the tools they need to be successful.”
Students enrolled in this program will take courses offered at STLCC-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive, Wildwood, MO 63040. The program will launch in August 2017 with 30 Rockwood high school students.
“We appreciate this partnership with our local community college,” shares Dr. Eric Knost, Rockwood superintendent. “We look forward to working together and expanding the program in the future to allow for greater participation among our high school students.”
Tuition costs for the program will be shared by Rockwood and the St. Louis Community College Foundation. As a result, students enrolled in the program will receive cost-free college credit.
“This new partnership is a first for the college in West St. Louis County,” notes Dr. Jeff Pittman, STLCC chancellor. “The program is designed to create multiple pathways for students to not only earn a college degree, but to gain the foundation they need for a successful career.”
The program is open to students from Rockwood’s four high schools. Applications for the ECP will be available in high school guidance offices beginning April 24. The applications will be reviewed by a committee inclusive of Rockwood and STLCC educators. Rockwood high school students selected for the partnership will be notified after May 12.