The State Fair Community College Foundation recently received $50,000 from Citizens-Farmers Bank of Cole Camp 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 Citizens-Farmers Bank of Cole Camp was chartered in 1929 when the Citizens Bank and the Farmers Bank in Cole Camp consolidated. Since that time, the Citizens-Farmers Bank has been locally owned and managed and remains committed to serving the communities of Cole Camp, Stover and the surrounding areas. Randy N. Harms is the president and general manager of the bank. (Source: citizensfarmersbank.com)

“The SFCC Foundation is very honored and thankful to receive this donation from Citizen-Farmers Bank of Cole Camp for our capital campaign,” said Mary Treuner, SFCC Foundation executive director. “Having this support from a pillar of the Cole Camp community is very special, and I am pleased to say that SFCC will be recognizing this gift from the bank with the naming rights for the Precision Machining Lab storage room in the Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center.”

The campaign, Stronger Workforce, Greater Community: A Capital Campaign for the Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center and Center for Excellence launched in 2020. 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: The Citizens-Farmers Bank of Cole Camp (CFB) recently donated $50,000 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 Joe Fischer, SFCC Foundation president and capital campaign co-chair; Dr. Joanna Anderson, SFCC president; Mary Treuner, SFCC Foundation executive director; Susan Kyle, CFB chief executive officer; Steve Ellebracht, SFCC Foundation vice president and capital campaign co-chair; Randy Harms, CFB president; and Laurie Ward, SFCC Foundation Board of Directors member.