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East St. Louis Higher Education Campus renamed in honor of Younge

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Serving East St. Louis for over 20 years, the education campus is being renamed in honor of one of the area’s longest-serving supporters.

East St. Louis Higher Education Campus (ESLHEC) is known as Wyveter H. Young Higher Education Campus in honor of a longtime state representative from East St. Louis who helped improve people’s lives over the years. Now available. of St. Clair County.

ESLHEC first opened in January 1999 on the former campus of Metropolitan Community College. The campus is owned by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and jointly managed by ICCB and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE).


On April 23, 2021, the Illinois House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 50 (HR 50), sponsored by Rep. I asked. campus.

“In honor and recognition of the honorable Weyveter Young and her impact on the East St. Louis community, I have applied for HR 50,” said State Representative LaToya Greenwood. She said, “We owe it to her advocacy that we have a higher education campus in East St. Louis, and felt it was too late to name the campus after her.”

State Rep. Jay Hoffman said, “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Weibetter over the years, but I’ve rarely met people who care so deeply about the residents they serve.” Her passion and dedication to the people she represents is unparalleled and it is wonderful that this campus has been renamed in her honor. It’s the perfect way to remember her.”

“Renaming the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus to the Wyveter H. Young Higher Education Campus is a fitting way to pay tribute and respect to the woman who gave her all to improve the citizens and institutions of our beloved city of East St. Lewis,” said State Senator Christopher Belt.

Young was one of the longest-serving members of the state legislature, first elected in 1975. Until his death in 1975, Young was active in drug abuse prevention, serving the homeless, and economic development in eastern St. Louis. I have spent most of my career working with vulnerable people. 2008.

“The East St. Louis Higher Education Campus was an important place for my mother. She considered it a great asset to the community. I think,” said Margaret Hewitt, daughter of the late Rep. Young. “Since 1999, through community college partnerships, ICCB’s East St. Louis Community College Center (ESLCC) has provided residents of the East St. Louis area with access to college course offerings, workforce training, and adult education. I’ve been

ESLCC offers a variety of programs including Workforce Equity Programs, Adult Education Programs, Highway Construction Careers and Trade Programs, Welding and HVAC Programs, and more.

ICCB is committed to enhancing the programs offered through ESLCC and has plans to expand course offerings in areas such as healthcare programs, computer programming and dual credit opportunities. The community college services provided are essential to meet the needs of the local and regional workforce as well as students.

“It makes perfect sense to associate this campus with Wyvetter Younge’s name and her legacy in Metro East and East St. Louis. But that is the mission of this higher education campus, to improve people’s lives through education,” said ICCB Executive Director Brian Durham.

SIUE’s East St. Louis Center (ESLC), located on the Wyveter H. Young Higher Education Campus, offers dynamic programming for all ages to foster personal growth, increase access to educational opportunities, and empower the whole family. enables social mobility. Through medical clinics, workforce development programs and more, ESLC offers a variety of services that contribute to the health and vitality of historic and resilient communities.

“SIUE realizes human potential and expands access to education for all individuals with a strong focus on equity, making a significant contribution not only to the region but also to the state and country,” said SIUE President. James T. Minor, Ph.D. “The SIUE East St. Louis Center greatly contributes to that promise and purpose.

“Our service to the historic and resilient communities of East St. Louis and the surrounding communities is important. We are honored to offer our educational programs at the Wyvetter H. Younge Higher Education Campus. The programs and community outreach initiatives are consistent with the late representative’s action-oriented mission to improve people’s lives, and we are proud to honor her legacy in this way.”

Signage throughout the campus will be officially changed to reflect the new name and a new digital message board will be added in the coming months.

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