Amy Jackson, Executive Director
Jackson oversees the workforce and economic development initiatives of SFCC’s 14-county service area, including workforce training, professional development, specialized certifications, Small Business & Technology Development Center, grant administration, and community education.
She has worked in marketing and business development in job training, communications and service industries for almost 20 years. A graduate of SFCC, she has bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Marketing, has been an adjunct instructor here since 2014 and is a Development Dimensions International (DDI) nationally certified instructor.
Jackson is chapter president of the Human Resource Management Association of West Central Missouri and a member of the Missouri State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, Missouri Economic Development Council, Missouri Association of Customized Training, and the Sedalia Rotary Club.
Call on The LearningForce team for responsive and flexible training options that will provide knowledge, skills and enrichment for your business, professional and personal growth.
Rochelle Hockett, Assistant Director
Hockett helps employees and companies leverage training resources to enhance their knowledge and skills. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management from Missouri State University and more than 25 years of experience in the marketing and communications field. She also has been an adjunct instructor for SFCC since 2009.
At The LearningForce I have the privilege of connecting companies with customized training programs and people with opportunities to explore personal interests, learn new skills or advance their careers. In a world that never stops changing, learning is a lifelong journey. At the end of the day, helping people is what it’s all about.
Kelly Asbury, Director, Small Business & Technology Development Center
The SBTDC director assists and supports entrepreneurs, students and small businesses in launching and growing small businesses. Staff also assist with market analysis, business planning, financial projections, and other services designed to make businesses more competitive in the marketplace.
We provide resources and no-cost counseling to entrepreneurs and small businesses in their start-up, growth, expansion and succession phase. I’m very proud to be a part of the professional and dedicated team that makes up The LearningForce.
Jo Lynn Turley, Operations Coordinator
Turley facilitates the accounts payable, accounts receivable and Missouri Works Training invoicing for The LearningForce, and she is the lead staff person for the Commercial Driving Academy.
As the Operations Coordinator, I have the unique opportunity of ensuring that all parts of our department run smoothly. I’m excited to be a part of The LearningForce, a team that has a tremendous opportunity to play an important role in our statewide economic development, which in turn will have an important impact on our community.
Carla Childers, Resource Coordinator
This position coordinates professional development, community education and personal enrichment courses to meet the diverse interests and needs of people of all ages. Class topics range from how to sharpen career skills for adults to Lego® Robotics for kids.
At The LearningForce, we believe everyone is a learner, so I’m pleased to be able to work with local and online instructors to provide a wide variety of learning opportunities—from arts and crafts and health and wellness to motorcycle riding, leadership, commercial truck driving, and career-building.
Ethelene Jagels, Specialist
Jagels helps students enroll in classes offered through The LearningForce. She has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Secretarial Science and has worked with lifelong learning students and classes for more than 25 years.
I help customers find classes for personal enrichment and fun, such as dance, arts and fitness. We have something for everyone.
Gary Willis, Lead Instructor, Commercial Driving Academy
Willis brings years of experience in the transportation and driving industry to SFCC’s Commercial Driving Academy. He is a retired first sergeant in the U.S. Army and former commander of cadets at Wentworth Military Academy. He has decades of military and teaching experience, and his focus is on developing successful leaders for tomorrow’s transportation industry.
Commercial truck driving has entered a new era, and we provide the specialized training you need to be successful in today’s transportation industry.
More than 40 qualified instructors teach courses for The LearningForce. Their expertise covers a wide variety of diverse topics:
- Technical training (welding, electrical, PLC, machining)
- Lean/Quality (lean Six Sigma, process improvement, quality)
- Leadership/supervisory training
- Computer skills
- Personal enrichment (basic motorcycle rider, Missouri Concealed Carry Weapons, computer classes, health and wellness, early childhood development, community education)
- General skills to assist individuals in the marketplace or help them enhance their knowledge base
We are always seeking additional instructors. If you have a proposal for a course, learn more about Teaching for The LearningForce and submit a proposal. Our staff can assist you in developing your idea and creating curriculum to make your class a success.