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Community College places bond issue on Aug. 4 ballot

The St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees has placed Proposition Community College, a no-tax-increase bond issue, on the Aug. 4 ballot for voters of St. Charles County.

According to the college, the $30 million no-tax-increase bond issue will support four key areas at SCC: workforce readiness, STEM education, student services and safety.

“Proposition Community College will allow SCC to significantly expand workforce and technical training programs,” Todd Galbierz, chief operating officer and vice president for administrative services, said in a press statement released July 23. “Given the current economic uncertainty, workforce training is an important way SCC can serve the citizens and employers in the area.”

The statement noted that “many of the science labs on campus are more than 25 years old and have limited student capacity. Proposition Community College will not only modernize the current spaces but also expand lab space on campus. State-of-the-art equipment will also be purchased to best prepare students for the future.”

Student service spaces, such as admissions, finanical aid and student wellness, also will be renovated with funds generated by the bond issue.

In addition, the bond issue will support the upgrade and expansion of the college’s safety equipment, as well as provide additional funding for improvements for the Department of Public Safety on both SCC campuses.

“We are committed to providing a safe environment for the entire campus community,” Galbierz said.

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