Technical Education Facility
A major component of the local bond plan is the construction of a new technical education facility that will house current and new programs that are expected to experience a 21 percent average increase in job openings in Missouri by 2022.
Current programs that will move to the new building include automotive technology, construction management, engineering design, industrial maintenance, precision machining, and welding.
The last time SFCC expanded facilities for technical education was in 1978 with the construction of the Fielding Technical Center. With tremendous changes in computers and computer-operated machines it is essential to have adequate space and state-of-the-art equipment for our students.
SFCC is committed to training highly-skilled employees to meet local and regional employer needs. Potential new programs include diesel technology, agriculture mechanics and HVAC/environmental systems.
Noncredit continuing education and workforce development programs offered by SFCC’s The LearningForce will have more space in the new facility for customized training.
In 2015, SFCC served 59 businesses and provided essential workforce training and professional development courses for regional employers and employees. The bond plan will allow the college to continue to provide a robust workforce development program.
Growth and Expansion for the CTC
The State Fair Career and Technology Center (CTC) offers free technical training to juniors and seniors from 13 high schools in 10 school districts. The CTC is currently located in the Fielding Technical Center. Three of the CTC’s eight programs – automotive service technology, precision machining and welding – will move to the new technical education facility.
The other CTC programs – building trades, early childhood careers, electrical power and transmission, criminal justice, graphic design, and health occupations – will remain in Fielding and the bond plan will provide funds to renovate the building, which will allow the CTC to expand these programs and add new programs.