State Fair Community College Apprenticeship Program Director Lori Blalock recently presented John Kincaid of Sedalia with the United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship, Journeyman Certificate in precision machining.

An apprentice in precision machining must complete up to three years of classroom work and 6,000 hours of on-the-job training to achieve journeyman status.

Most other apprenticeship programs require two years of classroom work. Additionally, Kincaid has returned to SFCC to teach part-time in the Precision Machining program.

“We are very proud of John for earning his certificate of completion and excited to have him on our faculty team,” said Blalock. “His firsthand experience as an apprentice and a skilled, industry worker will be a huge benefit for our precision machining students. John is the first apprentice to come back to SFCC as an instructor, so it is very special to have him here.”

Apprenticeship programs are for people of all ages who want to earn a salary while they learn and gain direct job skills. These programs offer employers the ability to strengthen and build their workforce and provide a tailored, high-quality talent pipeline.

SFCC currently offers the following registered apprenticeship programs: Industrial Electrical Maintenance, Precision Machining, Welding, Engineering Design Technology, Construction Management, Robotics and Automation Tech, Millwright, Commercial Driver’s License, First-Line Supervisor, and Digital Media Marketing.

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Anyone who has experience in these technical careers and is interested in teaching full- or part-time at SFCC is encouraged to apply at SFCC at No previous teaching experience is required. SFCC will work with eligible candidates who want to learn how to pass along their skills, knowledge and work experiences to students who are pursuing certificates or degrees in technical careers.

Funding for SFCC’s Apprenticeship program is provided by a MoAMP grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. For more information on how to enroll in the program as a student or employer, contact Blalock at (660) 596-7135, email or visit

In the photo: State Fair Community College’s Apprenticeship Director Lori Blalock recently presented John Kincaid with a Journeyman Certificate. From left, Bailey Brimer, Apprenticeship coordinator, Blalock, Kincaid, his son, and Justin Wright, Precision Machining program coordinator.  

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