Accelerated Training Program Meets Local Needs, Even as Calls Rise for Nationwide Credentialing System

By Paul R. Bradley
Community College Week

It was amid the wreckage of the Great Recession that St. Louis Community College assumed a prominent new role in trying to revive the region’s sagging economy.

The college had long had a robust workforce development arm, but had a new sense of urgency. Ford and Chrysler auto assembly plants, long bulwarks of the local economy, had closed their doors. A once-busy General Motors plant reduced its operations to one shift a day. Industrial plants were downsizing. Thousands of workers were idled and needed retraining in an economy going through wrenching change… Read More


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