Saint Louis, MO

The Greater St. Louis, Inc. and the Regional Business Council Endorse Proposition

Steve Chao

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ST. LOUIS, MO – The Greater St. Louis, Inc., alongside the Regional Business Council on July 7, has announced their endorsement of Preposition R. It is an initiative on the ballot of August 3, 2021, that will fund facilities and programs for the campus and students of St. Louis Community College or STLCC.

The Preposition R initiative will strengthen the STLCC system and would invest in the future workforce in the critical job sector.

Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc., stated, “St. Louis Community College plays a critical role in creating equitable access to career opportunities by upskilling and reskilling workers in critical industries like those we’ve identified in the STL 2030 Jobs Plan, including health care, information technology, financial services, biotechnology, and manufacturing,”

“Those are growth sectors for the St. Louis region, and we need to make sure they have the resources and brainpower they need to grow. That’s why we are endorsing Proposition R,” he continued.

In nearly the first forty years, Preposition R will invest in STLCC that allows the college to better serve the students and the St. Louis region. Upon approval of the voters, this initiative will provide its funding to:

  1. Update programs and facilities for career training to increase jobs in critical industries such as health care, information technology, financial services, biotechnology, and manufacturing.
  2. Provide a real-world learning experience where the technology in the classroom will match the tools in the workplace.
  3. Expand the most recent job training practices that will contribute to career development opportunities.
  4. Renovate and repurpose underutilized facilities to meet the needs of students.
  5. Provide a safe and secure learning environment.

Kathy Osborn, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Business Council said, “Proposition R directly aligns with the STL.works program, which helps connect people in our community with careers in health care, technology, manufacturing, and the trades."

The St. Louis Community College had four campuses and two educational centers that serve residents in St. Louis City and County, and parts of Franklin and Jefferson counties.

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