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