St. Louis Community College–Forest Park

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St. Louis Community College-Forest Park
Motto "Expanding Minds. Changing Lives."
Established 1967[1]
Type Public Community
President Dr. Cynthia Hess
Students 8,207
Location St. Louis, Missouri, United States
38°37′46″N 90°16′43″W / 38.6295°N 90.2786°W / 38.6295; -90.2786Coordinates: 38°37′46″N 90°16′43″W / 38.6295°N 90.2786°W / 38.6295; -90.2786
Campus Urban
Colors Navy      and silver     
Athletics Archers
Affiliations STLCC System, MCCAC
Website http://www.stlcc.edu/fp/

St. Louis Community College–Forest Park (also known as STLCC-Forest Park, and Forest Park) is a public community college in St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of the four schools of the St. Louis Community College System[2] and is one of nine community colleges in Greater St. Louis. Over 8,200 students attend Forest Park, making it the second largest community college in Missouri.[3]

History[edit]

Before STLCC-Forest Park existed, its campus had been the site of an amusement park known as Forest Park Highlands, which opened in the late 19th century[4] and was destroyed in July 1963 by a major fire[5] that started at one of the park's restaurants.[6]

Classes began at Forest Park in 1967, two years after a $47.2 million bond issue was approved to pay for construction across the Junior College District (JCD) of St. Louis-St. Louis County and five years after the district itself was approved by voters.[1] The Forest Park campus was completed in 1970.[1] In 1976, the JCD changes its name to St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec.[1]

In 1999, the Jack E. Miller Hospitality Studies Center opens at Forest Park, with "state-of-the-art facilities for culinary arts."[1]

On September 24, 2009 a suspicious package was found in a men's restroom in the D Building. It was removed by the St. Louis Police Department Bomb and Arson Squad.[7] The next day, the police announced that the package had contained a live bomb and would have caused "moderate to heavy damage" if it had exploded.[8]

Campus[edit]

STLCC-Forest Park is an urban campus, located next to I-64/U.S. Route 40 in the Forest Park area of St. Louis. The campus is also close to two MetroLink Light rail stations at Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Central West End

Programs[edit]

STLCC-Forest Park is known for its allied health care education.[9] Major programs include Associate in Applied Science Degrees including: Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Respiratory Therapy Polysomnography, and Clinical Laboratory Technology.

STLCC-Forest Park offers number of construction-related degrees in Automotive Technology, Building Inspection & Code Enforcement Technology, Plumbing Design Engineering Technology, and Fire Protection Technology. Forest Park also has the Jack Miller Hospitality Studies Program which prepares students for the hospitality industry, including programs in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts and Hotel Management.

Athletics[edit]

STLCC operates as a single entity in athletic competition; Forest Park students are permitted to participate if eligible.

Forest Park serves as "home court" for Men's and Women's Basketball.

Prior to STLCC consolidating athletic programs under one banner, STLCC-Forest Park was known as the Highlanders.[10]

Notable Former Athletes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "About STLCC » History". St. Louis Community College. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  2. ^ "St. Louis Community College-Forest Park names 3 presidential contenders -". St. Louis Business Journal. March 5, 2010. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  3. ^ "College Navigator - Saint Louis Community College". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  4. ^ Garner, Doug (2007). Forest Park Highlands. Images of America. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738551627. 
  5. ^ "Rarely seen photos of Forest Park Highlands amusement park". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-26. "Fifty years ago, on July 19, 1963, the Forest Park Highlands amusement park was destroyed in a spectacular fire. The beloved park, which began as a beer garden in 1896, was a favorite recreation site for St. Louisans. Many end-of-year school picnics were held there. Today the site is the home of Forest Park Community College." 
  6. ^ Garner, Doug (2009). "The Fire". forestparkhighlands.com. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Bomb squad called to St. Louis Community College". KSDK. 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  8. ^ http://www.kmox.com/pages/5301846.php?contentType=4&contentId=4758878[dead link]
  9. ^ "St. Louis Community College gets stimulus for e-medical records training". St. Louis Business Journal. April 21, 2010. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  10. ^ "College Home Page For St. Louis Community College-Forest Park". NJCAA. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  11. ^ "Professionals :: St. Louis Community College". St. Louis Community College. 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2013-07-26. 

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