As associate dean of engineering at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and as a community college grad, Bernard J. Feldman, Ph.D., knows the value of a community college education.
He began his education at City College of San Francisco, went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in physics from Harvard University. He has enjoyed a career as a professor, and has held a number of leadership positions.
Currently, he oversees the University of Missouri St. Louis/Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program, where nearly 30 SCC students are enrolled.
“The program is a good option for SCC students because they can live at home and have access to a high quality Washington University engineering education at a University of Missouri tuition cost,” Feldman said.
Feldman spoke at a gathering of SCC leaders and alumni in July 2013 when SunEdison presented $100,000 to SCC for its Pre-Engineering Program. “This gift will make a difference, not only to students here, but in this community,” he said. “You can’t find a better investment, not only for a community college, but for the youth in this community.”
He pointed out that SCC’s program has grown over the years. “SCC has a high quality pre-engineering program at an inexpensive price.”
“Students are much better off financially starting at a community college, taking an opportunity to find themselves before they transfer,” Feldman said. “Right now the engineering job market is strong and my expectation is it will continue to be strong, partly because of a shortage of engineering graduates. These mathematics and problem solving skills are becoming more valuable as we move to a more technologically driven economy.”
Last updated: Jan. 22, 2014