Front & Center

Welcome to the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences at STLCC-Forest Park.
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Welcome to Front and Center!

Front and Center is where you’ll stay up-to-date about the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences at STLCC-Forest Park. The Center is a state-of-the-art learning environment featuring the latest technology that will help address the need for more skilled healthcare workers in the St. Louis region.

Features of the Center

The Center, the first new academic building at Forest Park in 20 years, will allow STLCC to serve more students and expand popular programs in health sciences. It’s an example of the College’s strategic plan to focus resources and improve in-demand education and training for students.

The Center covers 96,000 square feet over four floors and includes:

  • Dental clinic
  • Allied health
  • Modern science labs and classrooms
  • Teaching areas
  • Innovative space
  • Building support
  • More flexible space and seating
  • More natural lighting
  • Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED)

Fast Facts

  • The Center will serve approximately 900 students in nursing and health science professions.
  • STLCC’s nursing program enrolls about 400 students every semester.
  • In fall 2017, more than 1,080 students declared a major in an STLCC allied health program.
  • Among health sciences, STLCC has a 90% job placement rate.
  • STLCC's board certified nursing program has a 90%+ licensing pass rate.
  • Eighty percent of recent graduates start a Bachelor of Science in nursing within one year after graduation.
  • The nursing program has 32 full-time faculty and approximately 32 part-time faculty.
  • The previous building for health science was completed in 1968.

Student Diversity in STLCC Nursing Education

Spring 2019, District Data

  • 432 students enrolled in nursing
  • Female students – 90%
  • Male students – 10%
  • White – 52%
  • Black/African American – 35%
  • Asian, Hispanic or multiracial – 11%
  • Top age ranges: 21-25, 26-30, 31-35
  • In recent years, students have represented more than 40 countries as their place of birth, such as Afghanistan, Albania, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam

Impact on Local, Regional Employment

  • In the last 10 years, the growth rate for healthcare jobs was 14% compared to 1% growth rate for all industries*
  • Thirty-eight percent of healthcare employers cite a shortage of knowledgeable and skilled workers*
  • Over 47% of healthcare employers say they are forced to hire less experienced workers*
  • St. Louis vacancy rate for staff nurses is 19.1%, higher than the statewide vacancy rate of 18%
  • In recent years, there were nearly 21,000 job postings for healthcare positions
  • 2016 State of the St. Louis Workforce Report cited 44 percent of healthcare employers had a shortage of knowledgeable and skilled workers; 80 percent of healthcare employers said they are forced to hire less experienced workers
  • Building the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences involved skilled tradesmen and professionals to take the center from design to completion.

*Data from 2018 State of the St. Louis Workforce Report

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