May 20, 2021

Sedalia, MissouriMay 20, 2021 –The State Fair Community College Foundation recently received $100,000 from WireCo for its capital campaign to help build the Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center. The new building will expand the college’s capacity to meet the growing demand for technical workforce training and strengthen the communities it serves.  

WireCo is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of steel and synthetic lifting products, serving a diverse range of end markets, geographies and customers with multiple product offerings. It manufactures high-performance steel and synthetic rope, electromechanical cable, fabricated products, specialty steel wire, synthetic yarns, and engineered products. The company operates 25 facilities and employs nearly 4,000 people worldwide. One of those facilities is located near Sedalia.  

“The SFCC Foundation is very pleased to receive this donation from WireCo on behalf of the college,” said Mary Treuner, SFCC Foundation executive director. “We are grateful for WireCo’s support and belief in SFCC’s important role in workforce development and training for our local industries. This contribution means one of the rooms in the Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center will be named the WireCo classroom.”  

The campaign, Stronger Workforce, Greater Community: A Capital Campaign for the Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center and Center for Excellence was launched last year. The college broke ground on the new center in December 2020 on the site of SFCC’s original buildings, affectionately known as Plywood U. A live feed link of the ongoing construction is available to the public at   

The Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center and the Fielding Center for Excellence will increase the college’s capacity to deliver workforce training by 200 percent and increase enrollment by at least 120 percent in career and technical areas. The new workforce training center will provide expanded lab and classroom spaces for training in welding, precision machining, industrial technology, leadership and supervisory skills and logistics. It also will house a new pre-apprenticeship program. Renovations to Fielding will provide a Center for Excellence that includes a climate, refrigeration and energy control (HVAC) lab and an advanced manufacturing and robotics lab. 

For more information about the Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center and SFCC’s commitment to workforce training, visit

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