As part of its mission to make educational opportunities available to all residents of the college district, SCC recognizes the importance of developing and maintaining community, business and institutional partnerships.
By working with the state of Missouri, other public and private colleges and universities, area business and industry, school districts and local agencies and institutions, the community college is better equipped to provide the programs and services that constituents need and want.
Such partnerships and collaborative efforts will enhance work force preparation and make attending college more affordable and available to the average citizen. Initiatives include cooperating with high schools to provide students with technical preparation, advanced placement, and dual enrollment; and transfer and articulation agreements with colleges and universities.
For example, a 2+2 agreement with the University of Missouri-St. Louis allows students to continue their progress toward a bachelor's degree by enrolling in junior and senior-level university courses on the SCC campus.
Agreement with Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, and the University of Phoenix in Arizona allow students to complete a bachelor's degree online via the Internet after a prescribed sequence of courses at SCC.
In addition, the community college continues to develop partnerships with large and small businesses, institutions, colleges, and agencies for training and retraining, job placement, community service, and economic development. The college is part of the award-winning Dislocated Worker Program and Work Connection one-stop shop - a job preparation partnership with state and local agencies.
The college library is a member of MOBIUS, the statewide computerized catalog system that enables patrons to search the holdings of numerous other academic libraries throughout the state, resulting in access to 14 million volumes.
Another unique partnership that is centered on educational access through state-of-the-art technology is the Gateway Consortium for distance learning. SCC and three area community colleges pool their faculty talent and technology expertise to offer more than 75 telecourses, Web-based courses, tele-web courses and interactive television (ITV) courses. This collaborative technology allows students to learn from home or office. New educational partnerships are welcomed and continue to form across the college's service area.
Central Methodist University
In partnership with St. Charles Community College, Central Methodist University offers degree completion programs which are conveniently taught in classrooms and labs on the SCC campus. CMU offers degree programs in a unique format designed for working adults that allows them to earn a degree without having to sacrifice work or family obligations. Courses are offered at the SCC campus one evening per week (6-10 p.m.).
CMU students can expect:
- Small class sizes and personalized attention
- Competitive tuition costs (no hidden fees)
- Courses taught by experienced professionals who blend academic theory with real-world experience
- Vibrant, engaging classes that involve the students instead of lecture at them.
- Practical, applicable information learned in the classroom that can be applied to work situations immediately.
St. Charles Community College students will find that CMU is very transfer friendly.
Interested students are encouraged to work with a CMU region coordinator to plan their coursework so the transition from the community college to a bachelor's degree is seamless.
To find out more or to get a transfer guide, call 314-227-4400 to talk with an admission representative or visit the CMU website at www.centralmethodist.edu/cges/stlouis-stc.php.
Eastern Missouri Law Enforcement Training Academy
The academy, which moved to the SCC campus early in 1997, provides state certified law enforcement training for men and women who wish to become police officers. The academy also is responsible for licensing and training security officers and providing in-service training for current police officers. See the Academy website for more information.
University of Missouri-St. Louis
As a service to St. Charles County residents who wish to continue their education beyond the associate’s degree, SCC has developed a policy to allow four-year universities to offer advanced-level courses on its campus.
Under the terms of that policy, an agreement has been reached between SCC and the University of Missouri-St. Louis to allow UMSL to offer junior- and senior-level courses on the SCC campus. Courses began in the spring semester of 1996.
The course offerings follow a prescribed, approved “two-plus-two” sequence in several program pathways. The junior and senior level courses do not duplicate courses offered by SCC. They are taught by university faculty in classrooms and labs on the SCC campus. For more information, contact the UMSL office in the Room 2123 in the SCC Administration Building, 636-922-8675.