This week, four North Tech students began classes at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley campus as part of the Gateway to College STEM program. Steven Berghold, Vincent Brown, Cedric Perry, and Roy Saffold were selected to participate based on their North Tech STEM related program grades, overall academic performance and college entrance test scores, and their plans to pursue a field of study or career path involving science, technology, engineering, and math. These students will also have their tuition, books, and fees covered by the program.
Brown, Perry, and Saffold are current seniors in Mr. Lane’s Carpentry course. They enjoyed their first few days on campus and liked the campus. Perry appreciates the independence and said “It makes me feel responsible”. All agreed that they fit into the student body well and were comfortable in their classes. Our construction students have a variety of opportunities upon graduation and college is among them. Saffold and Perry are both planning a 4 year university path, while Brown is considering union apprenticeship and joining the work force after graduation. Berghold, from the Cisco Networking Academy, plans to pursue his undergraduate degree in Cyber Security.
Until their high school graduation in May, our students are taking two (some three) courses at Flo-Valley during mornings a few days each week, then returning to North Tech for their CTE program in the afternoons.
Mrs. Davina Reid, North Tech guidance counselor, helped the students throughout the application and enrollment process for Gateway to College with the assistance of STLCC’s James Gillespie. By beginning college courses now, these seniors will have a jump-start on their general education courses while exploring majors leading to the career fields that interest them. The support of our education partners at STLCC includes articulated credit in many of the classes we offer at Tech, including both Carpentry and Cisco Networking. Coupled with their Gateway to College credits, our students will graduate with between 26 and 34 credits from St. Louis Community College.