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St. Louis Named One of Seven Talent Hub Cities

June 05, 2018 - 9:00 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis is among seven cities named as talent hubs. The designation brings a $275,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation in partnership with the Kresge Foundation.

St. Louis was chosen as a talent hub because it is working to attract, retain and cultivate talent. In St. Louis the collaboration to increase college degree completion for low-income students and African American students includes the use of a life coach for students at Maryville University. Maxwell Artist is one of those life coaches. He describes some of help they provide 24/7.

“Everything form helping them register for courses, to them just walking in and needing some support through personal issues, we can help them and support them and meet them where they are,” he says.

Through Maryville’s life coaches, they expect their retention rate of African American students to reach 80 percent by 2020. The goal of the talent hubs is to raise the nation's post high school attainment level to 60 percent of working age adults by 2025 and eliminate the education disparities among those in ethnic groups who do poorly academically when compared to whites and Asians.