November 17, 2023

Sedalia, MO Nov. 17 — State Fair Community College (SFCC) commemorates National Apprenticeship Week with a series of proclamation signings in three key locations: Sedalia, California, and Marshall. The signings included city officials and SFCC President Dr. Brent Bates, Legislative Program Manager Jo Lynn Turley, and Apprenticeship Program Director Lori Blalock. 


SFCC partners with employers in a variety of industries in registered apprenticeship programs and currently offers multiple registered apprenticeship programs, providing hands-on training and education for the next generation of skilled professionals. These programs include Industrial Electrical Maintenance, Precision Machining, Welding, Engineering Design Technology, Construction Management, Robotics and Automation Tech, Millwright, Commercial Driver’s License, First-Line Supervisor, Total Productive Maintenance, Facilities Management and Digital Media Marketing.  

At the Sedalia City Hall, Mayor Pro Temp Rhiannon M. Foster expressed her enthusiasm for the week, stating, “Registered Apprenticeship programs enable employers to develop and train their future workforce.” Highlighting the city’s dedication to the importance of apprenticeship opportunities.  


In California, Mayor Lanny Ash joined Turley and Blalock and echoed this commitment at the California City Hall. “Apprenticeship programs are an important part of workforce training, and I am grateful to have SFCC in the region,” said Ash. 


Marshall Mayor Vince Lutterbie, signed his proclamation at SFCC’s Sedalia campus. Lutterbie concluded his proclamation with a tour of the college that featured the state-of-the-art Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center, a 38,500 square-foot facility dedicated to the college’s precision machining, welding technology, and apprenticeship programs. 

Funding for SFCC’s Apprenticeship program is provided by a MoAMP (Missouri Apprenticeship in Manufacturing Program) 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 



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