State Fair Community College

Building Materials Merchandising

Why study building materials merchandising?

State Fair Community College's building materials merchandising program trains students for jobs in the wholesale and retail building materials field.  Graduates will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and find excellent, well-paying job opportunities.

Our students work every day with other professionals--architects, contractors, developers, and building inspectors--to provide materials for a variety of building projects.  It's a challenging, established field that requires technical skills in design, drafting, engineering, marketing, and business.

Graduates work as wholesale building materials distributors, in retail companies, with construction companies, and manage lumberyards and home centers across the country.

View COURSE CATALOG for program requirements.

MLA Partnership

The college's partnership with the Mid-America Lumbermens Association is another benefit for students, providing advice to help keep our program vibrant and our graduates the best in the business.  We've been joined in this cooperative effort since 1972.  SFCC's Building Materials Merchandising program is the longest-running program of its type in the United States.

See the right column for more details about an exciting new program to offer MLA members online training in building materials. MLA employers - ask how you can create a scholarship to support your employees in their professional development and training endeavors!


Richard Vanderweide
(660) 596-7233 
Fielding Technical Center, Room 293C




SFCC has partnered with the Mid-America Lumbermens Association to provide online training to MLA members and their employees in Building Materials Merchandising. Below is a list of these courses. 

  • Construction Materials Methods I (CNST 101)
  • Construction Materials and Methods II (CNST 103) 
  • Construction Estimation  (CNST 106)
  • Construction Safety (CNST 162)
  • Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting (CAD 111)

Each course is offered for college credit, but MLA members do not have to be involved in a degree program to take a class.

MLA members pay the lowest tuition rate available, and the admissions application fee is waived.

Ready to get started?

Download the admissions application for MLA members and return it via email to

Within three business days of receiving your application, you will receive an email from SFCC with information about how to access mySTAR (student portal) and your online class.

For information on how to pay tuition and fees, visit

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