SCC Receives Grant From Ameren Missouri for Mobile Computer Lab

June 27, 2012

The St. Charles Community College Foundation received $5,000 from Ameren Missouri to initiate a new mobile computer lab for the SCC pre-engineering program. The lab will be equipped with special purpose software and computer stations that can be rolled in and out of classrooms as needed.

SCC Receives Grant From Ameren Missouri for Mobile Computer Lab

(Pictured, front row from left): Chris Breitmeyer, SCC vice president for academic and student affairs; Scott Liebel, supervising engineer at Ameren Missouri; Brian Leonard, manager of business and community relations at Ameren Missouri; Dave Niermann, SCC associate professor of engineering; Ron Chesbrough, SCC president; and John Bookstaver, SCC interim dean of math, science and health. (Pictured, back row from left-right): Kasey McKee, SCC vice president for college advancement; Debra Schatz, assistant director of admissions at Missouri University of Science and Technology; and Stacey Thater, SCC assistant professor of science. The students pictured in the classroom are enrolled in the SCC pre-engineering program.

Ameren Missouri is proud to support the pre-engineering program at SCC by providing this grant,” said Scott Liebel, supervising engineer at Ameren Missouri, and SCC Foundation board member. “We understand the future need for engineers in today's society, and SCC provides an excellent opportunity for local area students to be introduced to this field."

The SCC pre-engineering program provides up to two years of transferred credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree in various engineering disciplines at many four-year institutions. Pre-engineering students interact with the community by going on monthly field trips and attending guest lectures on a weekly basis. Transfers to four-year universities have been seamless for the program, in part due to the high standard of SCC’s math and science curriculum, and enrollment has tripled in the past six years, said David Niermann, SCC program coordinator and associate professor of pre-engineering.

“The Ameren grant significantly benefits the pre-engineering program in several ways, especially in helping fund the computerization of our physics/engineering lab,” said Niermann. “This grant promotes Ameren’s recognition of the outstanding value of our program, which provides low-cost, high-quality technical education in critical STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) areas.”

For more information on the program, contact David Niermann at 636-922-8561 or dniermann@stchas.edu. To learn how to contribute to SCC, contact Kasey McKee, vice president of college advancement, at 636-922-8472 or kmckee@stchas.edu.

The vision of the St. Charles Community College Foundation is to transform lives and strengthen communities. The independent, 501(c)3, not-for-profit corporation was formed to support student scholarships and educational purposes of the college. For more information, visit the Foundation website at www.stchas.edu/foundation.

Established in 1986, St. Charles Community College is celebrating 25 years as a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.

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