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Ritenour Expands Partnership with St. Louis Community College’s new Emerson STEM Academy

Ritenour High School students who are seeking college degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) now have the option of earning college credits at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley’s new Emerson STEM Academy.

The STEM Academy at the college’s Florissant campus, funded with a $1 million grant by Emerson, offers newly renovated engineering classrooms for STEM education, tutoring, study areas and a computer lab for Ritenour High School students and others from north St. Louis County who are enrolled in dual credit, dual enrollment or early-college programs.

The STCC-Florissant Valley hosted a ribbon cutting for the new space for the academy on Aug. 16, 2019. Twenty RHS students are dual-enrolled in program. Students accepted into the STEM Academy receive books and transportation paid for by Emerson. Ritenour pays for their tuition.

Cabrina Noonan, RHS counselor who coordinates the dual enrollment program, said 33 RHS juniors and seniors (including those who are enrolled in the STEM Academy) are dual enrolled this year with STLCC-Florissant Valley. Eight RHS juniors are currently attending the community college full time with at least 15 credit hours per semester and will become RHS’ first cohort to graduate with an associate’s degree and high school diploma.

Students who have a GPA of at least 3.0, attendance record of 90% percent or above and good conduct are eligible for the Ritenour High School Scholars. Students currently enrolled in this academy are eligible to apply in January for dual enrollment opportunities.

“Our goal is for our dual-enrolled students is for them to earn college credits to reduce their out-of-pocket costs for higher education,” said Noonan.