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Proposition R

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Overview

Proposition R is a proposed measure that would fund necessary updates to facilities and programs for St. Louis Community College and its students. The proposed rate increase, which would be the first rate increase in nearly 40 years, would also help the region rebuild the local economy following the COVID-19 pandemic by updating career training programs and facilities to support local job growth in critical industries including health care, information technology, financial services, biotechnology, and manufacturing.

If passed, Prop. R would:

  • Provide real-world learning environments where the technology in the classroom matches the tools students need in the workplace.
  • Focus on providing educational programs and services to the underserved and minority communities of the St. Louis region.
  • Repurpose underutilized space to meet the needs of today’s students (many of the College’s facilities were built more than 50 years ago) and create new and functional spaces.
  • Keep tuition low and affordable for students, as well as minimize student debt. At $116.50 per credit hour, the College strives to keep education affordable for unemployed or underemployed workers needing training and retraining for the high-wage careers of today.

And just in case you need it, here’s the copy from the college-wide email that was shared on May 21, 2021:

Aug. 3, 2021 Ballot Proposal

The St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place a proposed measure (Proposition R) on the Tuesday, Aug. 3 ballot to fund necessary updates to facilities and programs for the College and its students. The proposed rate increase – which would be the first in nearly 40 years – is an investment that will allow STLCC to better serve students and the St. Louis region.

Proposition R is a proposed eight-cent operating rate increase for STLCC. If approved by voters, the additional investment for the owner of a $150,000 home would be around $1.90 per month.

If approved by voters, the proposal would provide funding to:

  • Update career training programs and facilities to enable job growth in critical industries for the St. Louis region including health care, information technology, financial services, biotechnology, and manufacturing.
  • Provide real-world learning environments where the technology in the classroom matches the tools students will use in the workplace.
  • Expand up-to-date best practices in job training and retraining that will contribute to career development opportunities for students and employers in the region.
  • Renovate existing facilities to repurpose underutilized space to meet the needs of today’s students.
  • Continue to provide safe and secure learning environments for students, employees, and the community.

“As the community looks ahead to growth and long-term economic development potential, investments in training opportunities and career paths for the next generation of our workforce is critical,” said Craig Larson, STLCC Trustee. “This proposition will go a long way toward enabling job growth in important industries for our region including health care, information technology, biotechnology, and manufacturing. We are optimistic that voters will see the incredible value this proposition will bring to our region and look forward to sharing more about this proposal between now and Aug. 3.”

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