A planned face-lift for the St. Louis Community College campus at Forest Park that’s expected to cost about $40 million is as much about function as it is about form.
School leaders say it’s about modernizing the campus and about increasing the school’s capacity to produce more graduates in health sciences programs — an industry that’s starved for more qualified employees.
The so-called A and B towers on campus are coming down in favor of a modern Center for Nursing and Health Sciences building, which is slated for completion by summer 2019.
St. Louis Community College Chancellor Jeff Pittman hopes the project will reintroduce the Forest Park campus “in a way that may be as dramatic as when it was first built” in 1966.
The new, 96,000-square-foot building will house all of the campus’ health sciences programs, giving all of them state-of-the-art equipment and space designed to meet each program’s need.
Many of these career pathways, like nursing and surgical technicians, have a 100 percent job placement rate. The project is drawing interest from local employers, too, school officials say.
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