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  Make your move. Register for fall classes today.
Thursday, 10 July 2014

Make your move. Register for fall classes today.

  Mark your calendar for SCC Center Stage Theatre's presentation of "Dirty Rotten...
Thursday, 10 July 2014

Mark your calendar for SCC Center Stage Theatre's presentation of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" July 22-27. Details: http://bit.ly/1jufn0M.

Get your tickets at www.stchastickets.com.


  Wondering what movie comes next in the outdoor summer movie series? Frozen: The...
Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Wondering what movie comes next in the outdoor summer movie series? Frozen: The Sign-A-Long.

Join us Friday, July 25.


SCC presents outdoor summer movie series and Food Truck Frolic
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The St. Charles Community College Friends & Alumni and Student Activities are pairing up to host the third annual outdoor summer movie series at SCC.

  Have you heard? SCC Campus Police will take on the Cottleville Police Department...
Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Have you heard? SCC Campus Police will take on the Cottleville Police Department in a softball game fundraiser to support the SCC Student Disaster Relief Fund, SAFE and Safety Town programs.



  Just another beautiful day at SCC.
Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Just another beautiful day at SCC.


  Ron Chesbrough, SCC president, shares his excitement about our The St. Louis Pos...
Monday, 7 July 2014

Ron Chesbrough, SCC president, shares his excitement about our The St. Louis Post-Dispatch & STLtoday.com Top Workplace selection in his latest blog post. Way to go, Cougars!


President's Blog: Top Workplace Selection
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  S.C.C. Friends and Family...
Monday, 7 July 2014

I once did a monthly post about a favorite tree species on campus, or a plant on campus I thought should be utilized in the landscape more. Problem is I am running out of trees to talk about!

As I work outdoors I do not get to spend much time getting to know my family here at S.C.C. This is unfortunate, so I am making it a point to talk to someone new as often as possible, and get to know everyone, including those interesting people we never get to see. I figured why not post these encounters in my blog for us all to see. I will be stopping by random buildings to meet new people or interview interesting people such as yourselves!

Meet, Brian Alich S.C.C. Art Studio Technician!

Me: How long have you been with S.C.C? 
Brian: " Two and a half years..."

Me: What types pf projects have you been involved in?
Brian: "The art flower pots at Visual Arts Bulding and Fine Arts Building. Also working on a near-finished Kamra-e-faoree camera..."

Skillfully Crafted Kamra-e-faoree camera by Brian Alich...

Me: Where are you from?
Brian:  "Indianapolis, Indiana."

Me: What is your favorite thing to do? 
Brian: "Art."

Me: What is the last song you listened to? 
Brian: "I was listening to Tame Impala in my car."

Me: What is your favorite thing about S.C.C?
Brian: "Working with a team of like-minded individuals."

Me: Tell me something about yourself that would surpise us here at S.C.C; 
Brian: "I have all my internal organs!"

Brian Alich works in VAB and is vital to the success of the art program and is a very talented artist. Stay rooted and next month I will be meeting someone from our amazing housekeeping department! Until then I will see you outside.


  Do you have "soft" skills? Employers and admissions committees are looking for a...
Monday, 7 July 2014

Do you have "soft" skills? Employers and admissions committees are looking for applicants with them. Learn more: http://jenny.stchas.edu/2014/07/soft-skills-learned-hard-way.html.


Jenny's Blog: Soft skills learned the hard way
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We seem to hear a lot about soft skills these days, such as “students don’t have soft skills” or “employers want soft skills”. So what ARE soft skills and why are they so important?

  "Like" if you're proud to be an American!
Saturday, 5 July 2014

"Like" if you're proud to be an American!


  Happy Independence Day!
Friday, 4 July 2014

Happy Independence Day!


  The college will be closed tomorrow, July 4, for Independence Day. Have a happy...
Friday, 4 July 2014

The college will be closed tomorrow, July 4, for Independence Day. Have a happy and safe holiday, Cougars.

  The Internet Cat Video Festival is coming to St. Louis. Riverfront Times thinks...
Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Internet Cat Video Festival is coming to St. Louis. Riverfront Times thinks our Five Things Every Cat Should Know About St. Louis video fits the bill.


The Internet Cat Video Festival is Coming to St. Louis, LOLZ
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Sick of watching YouTube videos of cats alone on your laptop? Wish you had someone to giggle with as you...

  Don't wait until the end of the summer to register for fall classes. Get the sch...
Thursday, 3 July 2014

Don't wait until the end of the summer to register for fall classes. Get the schedule you want now. #begreater


Register Now at SCC
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  Perfection.
Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Perfection.


  You should probably spend some time outside today. Just saying. #gorgeous
Wednesday, 2 July 2014

You should probably spend some time outside today. Just saying. #gorgeous

  Top Workplace Selection
Wednesday, 2 July 2014


Top Work Places 2014




Congratulations to everyone here at SCC who makes it possible for this second consecutive selection as a Top Workplace in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch survey.  This independent, employee-driven affirmation of the positive aspects of our work environment is heartening and motivating, I hope for all of us who work here.




Results from this year's survey will be posted soon.  Our strength areas in the survey again this year are in confidence and trust in leadership and the direction of the college.  Our greatest gains were in feeling well-informed about important decisions, faith that senior managers understand what is really happening at SCC, and confidence in the future at SCC.


Whatever the basis of our selection, it should give us great pride in the work environment that we collectively create here at SCC.  This is indeed a special place to learn and to work.  Thank you once again to all of those who contribute to our success in this and every other arena.  

  Better yourself. Attend our free presentation, "Goal Getter," as part of the Lea...
Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Better yourself. Attend our free presentation, "Goal Getter," as part of the Leadership and Strategy speaker series on Tuesday, July 22. Details: http://bit.ly/1rUWS55.

  What does success mean to you? Watch our new commercial to learn how our student...
Tuesday, 1 July 2014

What does success mean to you? Watch our new commercial to learn how our students define success.

Your future starts today. Register now for fall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjF9j9nXQDk


"Success is..." St. Charles Community College

  It's hot out there. We've got you covered. Register for fall today.
Monday, 30 June 2014

It's hot out there. We've got you covered. Register for fall today.


  We did it again! SCC was named as a 2014 Top Workplace by The St. Louis Post-Dis...
Monday, 30 June 2014

We did it again! SCC was named as a 2014 Top Workplace by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch & STLtoday.com.


St. Charles Community College named as a 2014 Top Workplace by St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Officials as St. Charles Community College are pleased to announce that the college has been selected as one of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces.

  The outdoor summer movie series kicks off today! Food Truck Frolic will be from...
Friday, 27 June 2014

The outdoor summer movie series kicks off today! Food Truck Frolic will be from 5-8:30 p.m. and "The Lego Movie" will be shown at sundown.


  Friday's Food Truck Frolic will include La Tejana Taqueria, Legghorns & Shakes,...
Thursday, 26 June 2014

Friday's Food Truck Frolic will include La Tejana Taqueria, Legghorns & Shakes, St. Louisiana Q, Chris' Smoke House, Steak Louie, Yo Salsa, Slice of the Hill, Kona Ice St. Charles County, Sarah's Cake Shop and Destination Desserts.

So ... we'll see you there! Food trucks will be on campus from 5-8:30 p.m. "The Lego Movie" will be shown at sundown.

  Congrats to the newest member of our baseball team, Dakota. Welcome to #CougarNa...
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Congrats to the newest member of our baseball team, Dakota. Welcome to #CougarNation!


  What's this you hear about walking paths on campus? Grants helped fund the con...
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

What's this you hear about walking paths on campus?

Grants helped fund the construction of parts of walking paths and convenient trail markers that guide you around the paths of varying distances.

Start walking!


Campus Walking Paths
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Walk your way to health over the paths of the beautiful 235-acre SCC campus. Grants have helped fund the construction of many parts of the walking paths as well as the convenient trail markers that guide you around each one. You can start on each trail at any point, and all three have easy access to…

  Wanted: Students to be in the background for an SCC photo being shot this Friday...
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Wanted: Students to be in the background for an SCC photo being shot this Friday at noon. An RSVP comment to this status would be great (but not necessary)! We're looking for 4-5 students!

Bonus: The first five people to RSVP will get a free mug (you'll get it on Friday when you arrive for the photo in ADM 1121).

  It's only Tuesday but we're already thinking about Friday. See you on campus at...
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

It's only Tuesday but we're already thinking about Friday. See you on campus at Food Truck Frolic and The Lego Movie showing. Details: http://bit.ly/SHJ9SU.


News Detail
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SCC news stories and related pictures can be found on this page.

  Photos from the AEL recognition ceremony are now posted on Flickr. Do you see an...
Monday, 23 June 2014

Photos from the AEL recognition ceremony are now posted on Flickr. Do you see any of you?


2014 AEL Recognition Ceremony
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View the album on Flickr.

  The Power of Education
Friday, 13 June 2014

One thing I enjoy about working in higher education is interacting with students, faculty, staff and alumni. As part of my job, I interview these folks and write about their experiences at SCC.

This week, something a former student said really stood out to me.

"It's never a bad idea to pursue education because it's only going to better you. Education is a powerful thing that no one can take away from you." - Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown, SCC class of '14
How can you argue with that? Knowledge is power.

Get out there and learn!

  Ash Tree News...
Friday, 13 June 2014

I received this bad news from a local Urban Forester this week;

"Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Emerald ash borer found in St. Charles County

COLUMBIA, Mo.– The emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found in St. Charles County, marking the destructive insect’s first known infestation in the St. Louis area.

EAB was first found in Missouri in the summer of 2008 south of Greenville at a campground on Lake Wappapello, says Hank Stelzer, University of Missouri Extension state forestry specialist. Since then, EAB has been found in 11 Missouri counties, most notably in the Kansas City area.

Left unchecked, EAB is fatal for all three of the state’s native ash trees—blue, green and white ash. Pumpkin ash, a popular ornamental tree, is also susceptible. While mountain ash and prickly ash have “ash” in their name, they are not true ash trees and are not at risk.

“Over the years, ash trees were a species of choice to replace the American elms that were lost to the Dutch elm disease,” says Stelzer. “Plus, they hold up well in urban environments.” Until now.

The infestation in St. Charles County was discovered by an employee at an industrial park on Highway N, a few miles south of Interstate 64. He noticed a declining ash tree in the parking lot. He looked closer and found the distinctive D-shaped exit holes. He then called the urban forester from the Missouri Department of Conservation. The forester, along with entomologists from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, collected a good adult specimen. USDA personnel in Brighton, Michigan, confirmed it was EAB.

The crown of a tree with EAB will be mostly dead within two years of showing symptoms. This could be a problem if the tree is providing summer shade for a home or playground.

What are homeowners and communities to do?

“The first thing a homeowner can do right now is take an inventory. Communities too,” says Stelzer. “Do they have ash trees? If so, how many? And what is their general condition?”

Stelzer says another important question to ask is, “Am I willing to invest the time and money to protect my ash tree?”

Available treatments only protect the tree from attack. Once you stop treating a tree, it will once again be vulnerable. “If that tree is providing shade to your home, then I think the cost of losing that shade in terms of an increased energy bill justifies the expense of protecting the tree,” says Stelzer.

For communities, weighing the costs versus the benefits might seem more abstract, he says. However, the USDA Forest Service has developed a software tool called i-Tree that helps communities of all sizes strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy by quantifying the environmental services that trees provide.

The Kansas City urban forester did just that and was able to get the city government to reallocate $1 million dollars to protect their ash trees,” Stelzer said.

Once you have determined you have an ash tree worth saving, the next thing to do is to take action if you are within 15 miles of a known infestation, he said. There are two options for protecting an ash tree with insecticides: “A homeowner can apply an over-the-counter product each spring, or a professional arborist can apply a registered insecticide providing protection for up to two years.”

If you have decided that a particular ash tree is not worth the long-term investment of protection, then consider replacement. Stelzer has two pieces of advice when it comes to replanting.

First, make sure it is the right tree for the right place. “The replacement tree should be a native species that is adapted to growing in the St. Louis area, and it should be planted in a place where, as it grows, it will not interfere with utility lines or building foundations.”

Second, if you are replacing more than one ash tree, vary your tree selections. “Just like diversifying your stock portfolio, planting a variety of species will help minimize future losses when the next invasive insect or disease shows up,” Stelzer said.

For more information about EAB, go to http://extension.missouri.edu/treepests/. “This is an ever-changing situation,” Stelzer said. “The best way to stay informed is to check out our website on a regular basis.”"

  More cause for celebration
Friday, 13 June 2014


On Wednesday, June 11, the Adult Education and Literacy Program held its annual Student Recognition Ceremony in a packed house theater in the Fine Arts Building. This event recognizes students in our English as a Second Language program and those completing their High School Equivalency degrees. It is, without fail, an uplifting and inspiring ceremony, with student stories bound to bring a lump to throats and tears to eyes. This year’s event was no exception.

Here are just a few of the comments from students achieving their High School Equivalency:

“I felt like an outsider and that I couldn’t do well in school. Coming to SCC was one of the best things I’ve done with my time and in life so far. SCC has definitely made me feel more part of the world I live in. Now I can show everyone I know that I am smart, have motivation, and that anything is possible.”

“My GED has been my biggest accomplishment thus far. It gave me a sense of confidence that I so badly needed. It made me feel like I had proved to myself and everyone around me that I could do it and that I am smart enough.”

“Being in this program taught me that it’s possible to continue pursuing your goals no matter how old you are. Today I am majoring in a fashion marketing degree, which was a dream that I was holding in a box before I earned my GED.”

“Achieving my GED/HSE at the age of 30 is surreal to say the least. Obtaining this has given me back my self-confidence that I seem to have lost a long time ago. For once, in a long time, the door to my future has never seemed so exciting and promising.”

“Getting my GED has given me the confidence to realize I can do anything I set my mind to! I also feel that not only is this improving my life, but my son and daughter’s life as well.”



Many of these students, and those completing the ESL program, go on to college here at SCC and elsewhere and from there to remarkable careers. Several students in both programs performed well enough to receive Foundation and Board of Trustee Scholarships.

One of those students, Gia Jurczyk, tells her story here as one of several speakers at the ceremony on Wednesday.

http://youtu.be/IGxSxeDWFQI

We should be proud of these students and of the work of all those here at SCC who support their success. We talk with deserved pride about our commitment to transforming lives here at SCC. Nowhere is this more evident than in the work and transformation evident in these programs.

Cause for celebration indeed! Congratulations to all of the students, their teachers, volunteers, and everyone in the Adult Education and Literacy program. Work well done!


  Commencement 2014
Wednesday, 11 June 2014






If you haven't seen this video of our 2014 Commencement exercise, please take a moment to view it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sgbbma0GHw


Our own Ben Munson put this together, and it beautifully reflects the joy and satisfaction of completion of this life goal for our many graduates.


Stop back in the next day or two for another wonderful example of how SCC 'transforms lives' following tonight's graduation ceremony for our HSE and AEL students.

  Eight State Escape...
Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Good morning everyone! Earlier in the year I set a goal to hike in every state touching Missouri. I recently hiked in Oklahoma and came upon a beautiful and striking plant that grows there. The Buffalo Gourd.Cucurbita foetidissima.

Buffallo Gourd, Cucurbita foetidissima Source: SMMTC

This gourd is very striking with bright green leaves and a tough vine appearance. It must be tough to survive some very dry and arid conditions! One of the most interesting things I found out was its history and uses. It can be utilized to create Biofuel and utilized by Native Americans as a source of oil used as a soap.

"Red Dirt"

Tent Shot on the grasslands...

The beautiful area I hiked and camped was Black Kettle National Grassland. Full of beautiful plants, windmills, and Oklahoma's famous "red dirt." One state down and seven to go! See you outside!