The presence of a college or university in the area is essential to the well-being of the community and to economic development. Just as paying jobs are essential to the well-being of the community, a higher education institution offers long-term benefits and contributes to economic wastage during difficult times.
We are privileged to have St. Clair County Community College in this area since 1923. The area has benefited greatly from SC4’s commitment to preparing the people to succeed in the important work that these people have in our economy. This is why the revision of SC4’s millage on Aug. 2 is very important for our future.
According to a recent EMSI Economic Impact Report, the College has an annual result of $ 137.7 million in additions or 2,041 projects funded in St. Petersburg. Clair County. Since the millage was redesigned in 2019, more than 14,000 students have enrolled in SC4 and more than 3,000 students have received a degree or certificate; and many students transfer bachelor cards to four-year institutions. This affects families and many people.
People who further their education through undergraduate and graduate earning $ 3.80 more than their non-degree counterparts. National studies confirm that people with degrees, and higher degrees, earn more than those without.
The college continues to support the region by investing in programs and tools that meet the future and future needs of their employers. Recent activities supported by previous ideas include redesigning the Health Sciences Building and program management, as well as college buildings, providing safe and affordable options for students who are unable to attend their studies.
In a very tight market for this job, many students living in the area mean more talent to meet our bosses. Some of these students will choose to stay in the community even after completing their studies.
SC4 also enhances college skills and provides entertainment and cultural programs in the area with its running programs, events, career fairs, art and concerts, road trips and community group demonstrations.
In short, SC4 programs and graduates, as well as how they affect our economy, help our communities, families, and individuals to thrive.
I am asking for your help to repair the millage that supports SC4 and allow it to become an influence that we all need.
Dan Casey, CEO, EDA of St. Clair County