The State Fair Community College Foundation recently received $25,000 from Central Trust Company and Central Trust Bank of Sedalia for its Stronger Workforce, Greater Community capital campaign to help build the Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center.

The new building on the Sedalia campus will expand the college’s capacity to meet the growing demand for technical workforce training and strengthen the communities it serves.

The Central Trust Bank has operated in Pettis County since 1883 and has a history of contributing to organizations and projects that improve the quality of life in the community it serves,

“The foundation and college are very grateful to Central Bank for this substantial gift to the Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center,” said Mary Treuner, SFCC Foundation executive director. “We appreciate their support of the work the college does in providing quality educational programs that keep our workforce strong and growing.”

The campaign, Stronger Workforce, Greater Community: A Capital Campaign for the Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center and Center for Excellence was launched last year. The college broke ground on the new center in December 2020 on the site of SFCC’s original buildings, affectionately known as Plywood U. Information about the project and ongoing construction is available at www.sfccmo.edu/OHWIC.

The Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center and the Fielding Center for Excellence will increase the college’s capacity to deliver workforce training by 200 percent and increase enrollment by at least 120 percent in career and technical areas. The new workforce training center will provide expanded lab and classroom spaces for training in welding and precision machining. Renovations to Fielding Technical Center will provide a Center for Excellence for industrial technology, leadership and supervisory skills and logistics training; space for the new pre-apprenticeship program; and a climate, refrigeration and energy control (HVAC) lab and an advanced manufacturing and robotics lab.

 

In the photo: Central Trust Company and Central Trust Bank of Sedalia recently donated $25,000 to the State Fair Community College Foundation’s capital campaign to help build the Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center on the Sedalia campus. From left, are Mary Treuner, SFCC Foundation executive director; Dr. Joanna Anderson, SFCC president; Joe Fischer, SFCC Foundation president and capital campaign co-chair; Pam Henrickson, Central Trust Company vice president, relationship manager; Erica Petersen, Central Bank of Sedalia vice president, business development coordinator/marketing director; Sam Rathmann, Central Trust Company vice president and portfolio manager; Greg Eby, Central Bank of Sedalia president and CEO; and Steve Ellebracht, SFCC Foundation vice president and capital campaign co-chair.