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Institutions of Higher Education

Individuals from 18 - 30 years old will make up the largest segment of the workforce over the next decade. With nearly 200,000 students in the St. Louis Area, the region is poised to embrace the growing aerospace and technology industries, by emphasizing the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum.  

Lindenwood University

Serving the public for nearly 200 years, Lindenwood University is 500-acre campus situated in the heart of St. Charles.  Lindenwood University is known nationally and internationally for innovation and entrepreneurship, offering 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 17,000 students. 

Recent expansion to Lindenwood University’s campus includes:

  • School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, a joint collaboration with the St. Charles County Community College
  • J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts
  • Eight new 180-bed residence halls
  • A $9 Million, 43,000 sf Student-Athlete Center
  • Expansion of Harmon Hall which houses the School of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Evans Commons, a 119,000 sf building which houses recreation facilities including multipurpose courts, a suspended jogging track, and a workout facility

In addition, University Commons, a 125,000 sf mixed-use development directly adjacent to the University, is currently under construction. 

St. Charles Community College

Established in 1986, St. Charles Community College (SCCC) is a public, two-year institution with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical field.  86% of career program graduates are employed in their fields within six months of graduation (2010-11).

SCCC provides also provides workforce training and professional development.  In 2011-12 alone, their SCCC Workforce Development Department served nearly 36,500 participants.   The college helped 42 companies gain access to more than $2.4 M in Customized training, new jobs and job retention funds.

Adult & Community Education

Adult and Community Education offers a wide variety of day and evening educational classes.  Attendees can take advantage of business and industry can take utilize training which provides workforce development training opportunities for individuals and companies. 

Adult and Community Education offers Customized Training to support local manufacturers in providing training assistance.

The Art Institute of St. Louis

The Art Institute of St. Louis is accredited to award associate and bachelor degrees in the fields of digital photography, fashion marketing, culinary management, graphic & web design and interior design.  Its mission is to provide employers with quality skilled graduates by involving employers in the development of the curricula.  The Art Institute of St. Louis, located in Historic St. Charles, is a branch of The Art Institute of Phoenix.  The Art Institutes schools offer a broad range of programs in over fifty (50) schools located across the county.   

Missouri Tech

Missouri Tech is an accredited private college that emphasizes computer science, electronics, and related areas of study.  Its mission is to prepare students for careers in these fields by providing a superior learning environment that combines textbook theory with practical experience.  Missouri Tech has been teaching technology in the St. Louis metro area since 1932 with a goal to provide the education needed to succeed in today’s most exciting, in-demand technical careers.  

Vatterott College

Vatterott College has been providing career training to students seeking career skills for a better life since 1969.  Vatterott serves a diverse student population across 19 locations in 9 states, as well as a vibrant online community.  The school offers programs in the fields of Business, Medical, Technical, Trades, Cosmetology, Dental, Legal, Personal Fitness and Veterinary, as well as many continuing education opportunities.  

Additional Colleges and Universities in the Region

University of Missouri – St. Louis
Saint Louis University
Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, IL
Fontbonne University
Maryville University of St. Louis
Missouri Baptist University
Ranken Technical College
St. Louis College of Pharmacy
University of Phoenix-St. Louis Campus
Webster University
Washington University
ITT-Technical Institute