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CBC launches new academic program endowments

The administration of Christian Brothers College High School recently announced that it has approved a new program to endow three key academic programs in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and STEM.

The goal of this program is to raise funds to offset salaries, program costs and resources. This idea was proposed based on the success that colleges and universities have used for generations. 

“This past year has taught us a lot of lessons,” CBC President Michael Jordan, AFSC, said. “As an educator, we found that many of our students needed opportunities to continue to grow as leaders, achieve their academic goals, and create a memorable high school experience. We see these new naming opportunities as a way for donors to make a transformational investment in students and their future.”

The Leadership, Entrepreneurship and STEM academic programs were chosen because industry leaders have identified these skills as areas of significant need in the workforce. CBC is the first school in the St. Louis area to formally connect these rapidly growing career paths. 

Beyond classrooms, CBC students have access to the Dunne Family Innovation Commons, which features more than 8,000 square feet of technology-rich labs, presentation spaces, and collaboration areas. Here, faculty introduce real-world experiences to the curriculum in all areas of academic study. 

The facility is home to the CBC STEM Academy as well as the Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship. 

• Leadership: Beginning with a student’s freshman year, an introductory leadership class helps students navigate transitions. The pandemic has only amplified the need for such skills to be taught at the high school level. 

• Entrepreneurship: Experiential learning through identifying problems, finding solutions, and making connections beyond the classroom while learning 21st Century skills. 

• STEM: Includes interdisciplinary courses such as engineering, cybersecurity, robotics, website design, aviation science, game programming and computer science. 

“CBC is an innovative school that provides programming for a wide range of students,” Jordan said. “We decided to borrow a tradition that colleges and universities have by offering opportunities to endow key academic programs.”

For more information about endowing a fund at CBC, please contact Rika Beckley, Vice President of Advancement, at (314) 985-6040 or beckleyr@cbchs.org.