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Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis
Who We Are...
What We Do...

The Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis (HEC) presents a representative voice for higher education institutions in the St. Louis area. HEC serves as the catalyst, connector, communicator and collaborator of educational programs and services, and career and advocacy initiatives that enhance student’s accessibility to as well as their achievement in higher education and beyond.

 

HEC offers the community three federally funded TRIO Educational Opportunity Programs:

Through the collective effort of stakeholders, HEC serves as catalyst for change through advocacy and investment efforts in:

  • Education & Career Planning

  • Student Support & Success Services

  • Career and Workforce Transition

HEC’s TRIO Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) are federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support young and adult participants as they progress to and through higher education and into career employment. TRIO Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and Educational Opportunity Centers provide free academic and financial advising, counseling & tutoring, access to educational resources and summer enrichment programs, and college and career planning. We are your one source for all things higher education.

Who We Serve...

HEC serves participants in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area which includes the following counties: St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St, Charles, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, St. Clair, Clinton, and Monroe. Pre-collegiate programs target middle and high school students and their parents, as well as adult learners in pursuit of a college degree. Through partnerships with secondary schools, institutions of higher education, community organizations, and business, TRIO EOP provide services for over 859 middle and high school students and over 7,000 adults annually.

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CEO Statement

In 1964, The Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis was established by a group of college and university Chancellors and Presidents from the St. Louis metropolitan area who saw a need for coordination and discussion on issues that affect higher education institutions and to provide a representative voice for metropolitan St. Louis education.

 

Over fifty-five years later, our journey continues and is a work in progress as we rethink, recreate and reimagine our place within the St. Louis metropolitan community. We will continue to fuel this journey with patience and perseverance and through partnerships

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with institutions of higher education, secondary schools, community organizations, families and individuals who share our mission, passion and determination to empower students and their families, and to educate our community.

 

Throughout the years we’ve received support from over 25 local universities, colleges, and public organizations.  We’ve partnered with approximately 50 secondary schools, community organizations and public institutions from St. Charles County Missouri to Madison County Illinois.  We are excited to deepen these relationships and establish new ones.  We are confident that great things will continue to happen in the coming years when we work together.

 

Today, HEC of Metro St. Louis stands ready to serve as the catalyst, connector, communicator and collaborator of educational, career and advocacy initiatives that will enhance student’s accessibility to as well as their achievement in higher education and beyond…  To be the one source for all things higher education in the metropolitan St. Louis area.

-Cassandra M. Pinkston

OUR MISSION

The Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis’ mission is to advance ​communication and cooperative activities among member institutions, secondary schools, related community organizations and individuals; to provide member colleges and universities the opportunity to meet to discuss topics of interest; and to collaborate on projects designed to enhance student’s accessibility to as well as their achievement in higher education.

Member Institutions & Partner Organizations

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PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Our Trio Educational Opportunity Programs have served over 7,000 participants
Our participants continue to the next level of education
Over 9 counties served by our programs

Upcoming Events

  • Closed for the Holidays
    Mon, Dec 21
    Higher Education Consortium of St. Louis
    Dec 21, 2020, 7:00 AM – Jan 03, 2021, 11:59 PM
    Higher Education Consortium of St. Louis, 734 West Port Plaza Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146, USA
    HEC will be closed from Monday, December 21, 2020 - Sunday, January 3, 2021 We will return to work on Monday, January 4, 2021.
  • HEC Voter Registration Drive Thru
    Mon, Nov 02
    Higher Education Consortium of St. Louis
    Nov 02, 2020, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Higher Education Consortium of St. Louis, 734 West Port Plaza Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146, USA
    #HECVotes Let HEC help you register to Vote! We will be hosting drive through Voter Registration Drive on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 10am.
  • Financial Aid 101
    Wed, Sep 30
    Higher Education Consortium
    Sep 30, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Higher Education Consortium, 734 W Port Plaza Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146, USA
    Hosted by Antoinette Jones
  • Creating an FSA ID
    Wed, Sep 23
    Higher Education Consortium
    Sep 23, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Higher Education Consortium, 734 W Port Plaza Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146, USA
    Hosted by Antoinette Jones
  • Other Financial Aid Resources
    Wed, Sep 16
    Higher Education Consortium
    Sep 16, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Higher Education Consortium, 734 W Port Plaza Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146, USA
    Hosted by Diane Rainey
  • WIOA: The Unknown Financial Aid Giant
    Wed, Sep 09
    Higher Education Consortium
    Sep 09, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Higher Education Consortium, 734 W Port Plaza Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146, USA
    Hosted by Patricia Webb
  • Scholarship Resources
    Wed, Sep 02
    Zoom
    Sep 02, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Zoom
    Hosted by Dorothy Smith
  • Webinar Wednesdays Study Skills
    Wed, Aug 26
    Webinar - Zoom
    Aug 26, 2020, 11:00 AM
    Webinar - Zoom
    HEC Educational Opportunity Center is hosting #WebinarWednesdays a series of FREE informational Webinars.
  • Webinar Wednesdays Study Skills
    Wed, Aug 19
    Webinar - Zoom
    Aug 19, 2020, 11:00 AM CDT
    Webinar - Zoom
    HEC Educational Opportunity Center is hosting #WebinarWednesdays a series of FREE informational Webinars.
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CHIBALE ANWISYE

January 2016 I moved from Memphis TN back to pursue my Masters Degree. Through my journey Ms. Jones has been so supportive, whenever I needed help with my

financial aid she was always there, she was always just so kind and encouraging. December 2019 I graduated with my

Masters Degree in Professional Counseling. It was no easy journey but the journey was worth it.

-December 2019

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MAKAYLA WATSON

Makayla Watson, Central Missouri Graduate “HEC Upward has helped me throughout high school to prepare for college. I not only had my first experience on a college campus and traveling out of state to Washington, DC with Upward
Bound, but I gained an internship opportunity with World Wide Technology for two summers.
These opportunities along with college prep classes and skill-building have allowed me to flourish throughout my college experience.”

CASSIDY WILSON

In 2016 I graduated high school with big dreams of going to college and

becoming a registered nurse. Thanks to the Trio Educational Opportunity Center that

dream has come true. In 2017 my life completely changed. My mother finally had the courage and strength to leave my abusive father and start a new and healthy life for her and her children. This left me terrified and questioning everything. I wondered how I was ever going to be able to get the life I so badly wanted for myself and my own family. I didn’t even have a home, how was I going to be able to go to college?