Florissant Valley has been awarded a three-year $672,000 grant to develop the Gateway to Manufacturing Excellence project. The project will target high school and college students interested in manufacturing and engineering education. Funding is
through the National Science Foundation's Advance Technological Education program. This is the largest grant that the NSF has ever awarded St. Louis Community College.
One highlight will be development of a 2-plus-2 program in Manufacturing Engineering. Students earning an associate degree in Manufacturing Technology at Florissant Valley will be able to transfer to the University of Missouri at Rolla or
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and earn a bachelor's degree without losing any credits. Florissant Valley will also implement associate degree level courses in product design and manufacturing process, a developmental program in pre-Engineering Technology and host summer academies for high school students and teachers.
Promoting Manufacturing Careers
Many youth and adults have little knowledge of engineering or manufacturing as a career option. Often parents, teachers and educators lack exposure to and understanding of the highly technical manufacturing world. However, appreciation and understanding of the manufacturing industry is not enough, students must be well prepared to work hard and skilled in math and analytical thinking to pursue a manufacturing career.
It is well established that early education is a key element in engineering and manufacturing career awareness. Students need math, science and technology skills to compete in today's manufacturing world. Therefore, it became evident that we need to take a leadership role in promoting manufacturing and technical careers in the St. Louis region.
Manufacturing is more than machining: There is no one single type of manufacturing method that dominates the St. Louis area; companies are involved in a multitude of manufacturing processes and methods. Therefore it became clear that STLCC-FV needs to provide its students with manufacturing education and training that includes various methods of production.
Companies are looking for individuals with diverse technical expertise to perform a multitude of functions in support of their manufacturing enterprise. The programs and services offered by the department need to include
all aspects of manufacturing enterprise.