State Fair Community College’s The LearningForce, in partnership with Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development and the Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Western Missouri, Inc., will offer Intro to Manufacturing,  a Certified Production Technician course, at no cost to qualifying participants.

The WBD is the funding source for students who qualify for no-cost tuition. The cost for non-eligible attendees is $1,500.

The 40-hour instructor-led virtual course will be offered two different weeks. Participants may choose the first session Sept. 28 through Oct. 2; enrollment deadline is Sept. 16. The second session is Oct. 12 through Oct. 16; enrollment deadline is Sept. 30. Participants must have a computer and internet access to take the course. Students will complete online lessons with live interactions with the instructor throughout each day.

The course is ideal for unemployed, underemployed or anyone who wants to gain new skills for a career in manufacturing. Topics included are quality practices and measurement; manufacturing processes and production; maintenance awareness and safety. Participants will learn about a variety of entry-level manufacturing skills, earn OSHA 10 General Industry certification, and perhaps find a career with a local employer.

All students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to meet with participating local employers including, Sierra, EnerSys, Prysmian Group, Stanley Black & Decker, Old World Spices, and Tyson.

To pass the course, 90 percent attendance and 70 percent assessment scores are required. Successful completion of the course not only offers opportunities for employment but also prepares students to advance to the Missouri Manufacturing Technician I and II or Certified Production Technician training courses if they want to improve their skills and career advancements.

To check eligibility for no-cost tuition and to enroll, individuals need to contact the Missouri Job Center, 515 South Kentucky Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301, phone (660) 530-5627.

The LearningForce offers a diverse schedule of noncredit continuing education courses for business and industry, professional development and personal enrichment.  For assistance, call (660) 530-5822 or email

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