Amy Jackson, Executive Director
Amy Jackson, Executive DirectorJackson oversees the workforce and economic development initiatives of SFCC’s 14-county service area, including customized workforce training, professional development, specialized certifications, Small Business (SBDC) Development Center, grant administration, and community education. She has worked in marketing and business development in job training, communications and service industries for more than 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 a past 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 noncredit training options that will provide knowledge, skills and enrichment for your business, professional and personal growth.
Kelly Asbury, Director, Small Business Development Center
Kelly Asbury, Director, Small Business Development CenterThe SBDC 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.
Carla Childers, Resource Coordinator
Childers 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.
Emily Westermier, Assistant Director
Westermier is responsible for fiscal operations in the LearningForce. In addition to carrying out accounts payable and receivable activities, she manages grant reporting and reimbursement processes for the 24+ companies The LearningForce serves. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Leadership from the University of Central Missouri, and is a 2018 completer of the Heartland Economic Development Course through the International Economic Development Council. I’m excited about the many changes and expansions both the LearningForce and industries in our region are seeing. I’m happy to be a part of the impact The LearningForce and SFCC have on the surrounding area and the people who live, work and learn here.
Jake Coleman, Workforce Development Manager
Coleman works directly with companies in SFCC’s 14-county region to identify, develop, and execute custom workforce training programs for upskilling a company’s new and existing workforce. He has experience in manufacturing and distribution operations and management. A graduate of SFCC, he holds an Associates degree in Biology and a bachelor degree in Supply Chain, Transportation and Logistics Management from Bellevue University. Coleman is the college’s eSports coach. “In the LearningForce, I have the pleasure of working with various companies and industries within the 14 counties we serve. I assist our industry partners in designing, developing and delivering custom training to upskill and bridge training gaps within their workforces. Here in the LearningForce we take a personal interest in the growth and success of our business partners. That is why we are passionate about delivering quality training and education to help their workforce thrive and our communities prosper.” “In the LearningForce, I have the pleasure of working with various companies and industries within the 14 counties we serve. I assist our industry partners in designing, developing and delivering custom training to upskill and bridge training gaps within their workforces. Here in the LearningForce we take a personal interest in the growth and success of our business partners. That is why we are passionate about delivering quality training and education to help their workforce thrive and our communities prosper.”
Brent Hampy, Commercial Driving Academy Director
Hampy oversees the Commercial Driving Academy to provide training opportunities for individuals seeking their licensure in Class A, B or C CDL and endorsements in School Bus, Passenger Bus and Hazardous Materials. He has extensive professional experience and leadership. “It is exciting to watch.”
Paige Jones, Small Business Development Consultant
Missouri Small Business Development Center at State Fair Community College/The LearningForce – Lake Ozark Campus
As the small business Consultant for the Missouri Small Business Development Center at State Fair Community College, Paige supports individuals seeking to start a small business, grow their small business, as well as guide students and entrepreneurs seeking start up counseling, and provide resources and guidance at no-cost to the individual. The Missouri SBDC Staff is available to assist clients with formalizing business plans, provide direction for financial projections, and a plethora of services to assist with positioning their business venture in a competitive market. “The Missouri SBDC recognizes the incredible growth happening within the Lake of the Ozarks region. As the Missouri SBDC Consultant based out of State Fair Community College – Lake Ozark Campus, I am present, engaging, and will continue to support Camden, Morgan, Laclede and Hickory Counties with the abundant resources available through the Missouri SBDC, as well as the robust trainings provided by SFCC’s The LearningForce for continued support and growth of our small business landscape.”
Gene Warsawski, Commercial Driving Academy Instructor
Forrest Bryden, Commercial Driving Academy Instructor
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.