Growing Higher Ed Presence in Saint Louis

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^sorry not focused on grammar on here, meetings all day and this is just a background thought to keep me not as board. All purely for entertainment of the day.
The best way to see more college-level / post-high school education in the City is to build upon pre-existing educational institutions and have them establish new entities within the City, rather than starting fresh with new entities altogether. Too much money to source and put together; better to keep it simple. I really like blzhrpmd2's opthometric idea posted above and think such an institution could thrive near the BJC and Cortex campuses.

In my mind, the types of new institutions that could be established most readily in the City are:
1. Apprenticeship and training schools for local unions.
2. A new STL Community College campus as part of NorthSide Regeneration.
3. A new partnership between the University of Missouri System and Harris Stowe State University, on the Harris Stowe campus.

Of note for curriculum: I've been following the growth of the Year of Coding program, which has the goal of teaching computer coding to seniors in City high schools. The goal is to provide City high school graduates with a foothold entrance to the IT industry after graduation. It is being recognized as an organic means to increase the talent pool of STL as we seek to build our growing cluster of IT companies in need of coders.
More info: ... o-the.html ... ar-of.html

With Year of Coding, combined with Jim McKelvey's Launch Code program, there appears to be a growing awareness for both increased demand for coders by businesses and a desire to fulfill that need with local talent. Perhaps this awareness could combine into a new study program at an expanded HSSU, or even a new North Side community college branch, for an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Computer Coding. That may be the best shot to get a totally new post-high school program in the City. ... zona/8236/

That three of the five schools are clustered downtown is no accident. For one, the city placed a top priority on choosing institutions willing to take over defunct city property. There was never an offer of direct financial assistance, but existing infrastructure and favorable leases were part of the sell. The other big part of the city's motivation was the hope that colleges could breathe life back into Mesa's quaint but truly sleepy historic downtown. While it doesn't suffer from the same sort of blight common in former industrial cities such as Cleveland or Buffalo, to walk down Mesa's Main Street in the middle of a weekday is to expect to see a tumbleweed rather than a crowd of pedestrians. It's an attractive, well-maintained area that nevertheless could use several thousand more people living and working nearby.

"The mistake people make is, they think that buildings bring people downtown," says Mayor Scott Smith, universally acknowledged as the brains behind the city's higher-education initiative, who will soon step down to run for governor. "Like stadiums or arts centers. Well, they do—for three and a half hours. But they don't change the nature of the place."
^ thanks for posting. We really do need to bring more students downtown. Hopefully the Webster thing works out @ Arcade and certainly other colleges can move certain programs downtown. For example, Harris-Stowe should move its business campus from I-44/Hampton area to downtown or midtown -- perhaps a building near Wells-Fargo campus. UMSL should come in with something and it would be killer if WashU would come in with a good presence. Having an affordable housing rehab or infill geared to students would be great... for example building on that Teach for America plan for Jefferson Arms.

A couple thousand more students and couple hundred new residents would be a great boost!