To The Editor:
Following the excitement that came along with adding Warren County to St. Charles Community College’s (SCC) extended service area last April, we got the call from Warren County leadership to bring technical training into its county. The SCC Board of Trustees answered the call when it placed Prop J on the April 2019 ballot for residents in the school districts of Warren County R-III and Wright City R-II.
This tax proposal, for 17.96 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, would allow the college to provide local technical training at in-district rates and begin plans to build a center in Warren County with a focus on technical training requested by current local employers and emerging industries of the future.
At the March 25 SCC Board of Trustees meeting, the board will put forth a resolution affirming that all property taxes raised from Warren County will stay in Warren County — should the taxpayers vote in favor of Prop J on April 2.
The technical programs of interest include agriculture technology, advanced manufacturing, industrial maintenance and controls, and transportation and logistics. In addition to receiving in-district tuition rates, local high school students will gain access to dual enrollment and dual-credit classes which could lead to technical certifications coming out of high school.
The administration, faculty and staff at St. Charles Community College stand ready to provide the technical training to meet the needs of the residents of Warren County when the voters tell us on April 2 if they are ready as well.
Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D.
President, St. Charles Community College