St. Charles Community College (SCC) is a two-year community college in St. Charles County, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. The 12 building, 235 acre campus was founded in 1986. SCC serves a large area, covering the public school districts of St. Charles, Francis Howell, Wentzville, Fort Zumwalt, and Orchard Farm. Nearly 10,000 students are enrolled at SCC in any given year. As the institution serves a wide range of community educational needs, an additional 35,000 members of the community engage with the school in one way or another.
Degrees available from SCC include Associate of Arts (for transfer to a four year school); Associate of Arts in Teaching (for transfer to a four year school); Associate of Science (for transfer to a four year school); Associate of Applied Science (for direct work entry); and Certificate of Achievement (for direct work entry). SCC offers a transfer program to four-year schools in 41 different career programs.
The large majority of students at SCC major in the liberal arts. The average class size is 24, making for an intimate academic atmosphere. Some of the other popular programs of study at SCC include Nursing and Emergency Medicine, Computer Science and Engineering, Business and Management, Office and Administration, and Family and Social Work. Students in the Nursing, Health Information Technology, and Occupational Therapy programs have extremely high licensing rates. 85% of career program graduates work in their field of study within six months of graduation.
SCC offers over 60 distance learning classes. Many are online classes, using Blackboard as a communication and learning tool, but other options include telecourses, teleweb classes, and hybrid courses. The college offers a help desk for students needing technical assistance. Video DVDs include closed captioning for the hearing impaired.
Arts in Teaching
One of the largest programs at SCC is the Associate in Arts in Teaching degree, which provides opportunities for students to observe and participate in classrooms while they learn about childhood growth and development, theories of learning, classroom management, using technology in the classroom, and strategies for assessing students.
There are a wide range of non-credit classes for personal development both at the main campus and at various locations in St. Charles, Pike, Lincoln, Callaway, and Montgomery counties. Continuing education classes include several homeschool enrichment options, craft and hobby classes, cooking and gardening classes, summer camps for youth, and much more. Classes especially for those over the age of 50 include harmonica instruction, aerobics, and grandparent training.
SCC administrates the Missouri Dislocated Worker Program, a federally funded organization to retrain people who have lost their jobs and are unlikely to be rehired in their old fields. SCC also offers workforce development training to dozens of companies in Missouri every year.
SCC also organizes Computers for Schools Program, which collects donated computers and printers from area companies and distributes them throughout 35 school districts in Missouri.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Most programs at SCC have open admissions, in keeping with SCC’s mission to offer higher education to anyone who wishes it. The exception is the group of allied health programs, which have selective admission. Entrance requirements for the Allied Health programs vary by degree, but in general students are expected to submit standardized test scores and show evidence of a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 prior to college entrance.
SCC also welcomes international students. To apply, students should have the equivalent of a U.S. high school education and send their application in with academic transcripts, proof of immunization, proof of medical insurance, negative tuberculosis test, and proof of English proficiency. Students who do not otherwise prove English proficiency should send a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score—SCC requires a score of at least 500 on the paper test, 173 on the computer test, or 61 on the internet test.
In addition to the usual range of federal and state financial aid options open to college and university students in Missouri, SCC administrates their own need- and merit-based scholarships. 36% of full-time students receive financial aid of some type.
To help students manage their finances effectively, SCC partners with Nelnet Business Solutions to offer an alternative tuition payment plan through interest-free automated bank or credit card payments.
Student Financial Aid Details
In typical fashion for a community college, most students at SCC work at least part time, and about a fourth of the students hold down full-time jobs while attending school. There is no on-campus housing available or dining hall on campus.
Clubs and Organizations
Popular student groups include Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC), Chess Club, Creative Writing Society, Global Student Network (GSN), Native American Culture Club (NACC), Quiz Bowl, Theatrical Guild, Outdoors Crew, Student Senate, and Ultimate Frisbee Club.
SCC has a particularly strong Quiz Bowl team with a national reputation for excellence. They won the Division II Intercollegiate Championship Tournament in 2010.
The St. Charles Community College Child Development Center meets the needs of students with children from ages 6 weeks to 10 years. The center collaborates their services with Early Head Start and the Division of Family Services to meet their clients’ needs.
Services available to all students at SCC include academic advising, assistance for students returning to school later in life, tutoring services, career counseling,
In keeping with their mandate and federal law, SCC provides a variety of services to students with disabilities. Services provided include registration assistance, accommodations for assessment testing, coordination of classroom accommodations, alternate formats for exams, specialized software for learning, and assistance with online learning.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The athletics department at SCC is known as the Cougars. The school mascot is “Scooter McCougar” and the colors are maroon and gray. The Cougars compete in varsity intercollegiate sports through the NJCAA and the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference. The four intercollegiate teams are men’s soccer, baseball, women’s soccer, and softball.
SCC facilities include a fitness center, a weight machine circuit, and basketball courts for student use. Free fitness assessments and conditioning classes are provided at the fitness center. Popular intramural sports include basketball, cheerleading, and roller hockey.
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