"SCC definitely opens a door that otherwise might not be available for many to step through. I couldn't afford a four-year program, and the college provided me with a stair step to the bachelor's degree required by the Navy." Lieutenant Commander Tina M. Cox, '93
"SCC gave me confidence that I was moving in the right direction. It really prepared me for the rest of my education." Dr. Natalie Greene, '01
These comments from the 2012 and 2013 recipients of the SCC Distinguished Alumni Award and MCCA's Outstanding Alumni Award typify what we hear time and time again from our alumni - opening doors, preparing for one's future, affordability and quality - these are attributes of the SCC experience.
It is estimated that by 2018 the U.S. will need 22 million new workers and that 63% of all jobs will require a college education. As a starting place, community colleges excel. In Missouri, 56% of all students completing a four-year degree had their start at a community college. Community college cost of attendance is, on average, less than half that at four-year public institutions, and 30% of those holding an associates degree earn more than those with a bachelors degree.
As just one example of how prepared SCC transfers to four-year institutions are, the University of Missouri at St. Louis recently reported that SCC transfers to UMSL hold an average grade point average of 3.11 as compared to the average grade point average of UMSL native students of 2.93. Our students and graduates are prepared - for further education and for careers.
As we count down to our 2014 Commencement it is important to keep a focus on the vital nature of our work and the impact that this work has on the lives of our students through stories, statistics, and the words of our students and graduates themselves. We should celebrate our success and that of our students and graduates. Look for more celebrations to follow.