Harris-Stowe State University and the Community Impact Network Partner to Open the Harris-Stowe State University Community Impact Network Education Center
This center will serve as a bridge for students to higher education and job training opportunities
ST. LOUIS – Harris-Stowe State University and the Community Impact Network have partnered to open the Harris-Stowe State University Community Impact Network Education Center to provide higher education and workforce development opportunities to underserved populations throughout the community.
“We could not be more thrilled to open the new Harris-Stowe State University Community Impact Network Education Center,” said Dr. Corey S. Bradford, Sr., President of HSSU. This Center will serve as a bridge to higher education at Harris-Stowe State University and provide educational and job training opportunities for students and families residing in the Normandy Collaborative School District and parts of North St. Louis County. Our partnership with the Community Impact Network is a testament to the power of two organizations coming together to advance our community. We are honored to be a part of this project.”
The Center will partner with other community and education organizations to offer Early College Programs, Dual Enrollment, TRIO Programs (Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound), Continuing Education and HiSet Testing. Featuring general classrooms, computer labs, multipurpose community rooms, gymnasium, and administrative offices, its central location and size make it the ideal connector for underserved neighborhoods.
“We are beyond excited about this new partnership with HSSU. This Education Center will not only provide Harris-Stowe’s excellent educational programming to the footprint, but it will also provide a collaboration/working space for the members of Network to help bring needed social services to the Community,” said Robert M. Gioia, CEO Community Impact Network.
Built in 1937, the former McKinley Elementary School, now the state-of-the-art Harris-Stowe State University Community Impact Network Education Center, is approximately 22,793 square feet and sits on 2.44 acres of property. It was purchased by the Community Impact Network. The $5 million of renovations were managed by Kevin Poe, the Network’s Director of Community Assets. Navigate Building Solutions served as the Owner’s Representation for the Network, with Ebersoldt + Associates providing architectural oversight. Pinnacle Contracting was the General Contractor.
The Harris-Stowe State University Community Impact Network Education Center is located at 2100 Lucas and Hunt Rd., St. Louis, MO 63121; it will be fully open and operational in October 2020.