State Fair Community College has received $891,250 in grant awards from the Missouri Job Development Fund through the Department of Economic Development to provide training for employees of 22 area companies.
Dr. Brenda Bryan, director of SFCC’s Business and Technology Center, said the college would administer the funds through its Customized Training Program (CTP).
Sedalia companies receiving grant awards were Alcan Cable, Duke Manufacturing, Gardner Denver, Inter-State Studio, Sierra Bullets, Waterloo, Inc., and WireCo WorldGroup.
Other companies in SFCC’s service area receiving grant awards were Cargill Meat Solutions, Caterpillar, Champion Brands, DeLong’s Inc., Enersys, GE Energy, IBM, Johnson Controls, Inc., Nordyne, Schreiber Foods-Capri, Schreiber Foods-Clearfield, Schreiber Foods-DDN, and WireCo WorldGroup facilities in Chillicothe, Kirksville, and St. Joseph. Eight other companies submitted proposals but were not funded.
SFCC also received funding for the State Fair Training Consortium (SFTC) that will provide training for all the companies that submitted proposals, whether or not they received grant awards. The goal of SFTC is to make training more cost effective by providing training that meets the shared needs of the member companies.
“The state established the Missouri Job Development Fund about 20 years ago as a way to provide resources to Missouri companies in an effort to attract and maintain viable industries,” said Bryan. “Missouri’s program is one of the few state programs that supports incumbent workers and company retention. Keeping and growing the industries we have requires a skilled and up-to-date work force. The CTP is a way to make that happen.”
The money is distributed through a network of 12 community colleges, including SFCC, which last year administered more than $725,000 for the program, said Bryan. The monies were used to provide more than 50,000 hours of training for 2,561 employees in 22 companies.
“SFCC works directly with area industries,” said Bryan. “Projects begin with a discussion of each company’s skill needs, training opportunities and the CTP grant criteria. If a grant is awarded, SFCC works with the company to set up the training, on site or on campus, as needed. If a grant is not awarded, training occurs based on the company’s ability to make the investment.
“The great benefit to this region is that local companies remain competitive, trained workers have good paying jobs and SFCC is able to use information from the manufacturers that participate in the program to keep our accredited offerings up to date.”
With a basic annual appropriation of $9.5 million, Gov. Jay Nixon increased funding for the program, bringing the total amount available to $14.5 million, according to information provided by the governor’s office.
“To compete in the 21st-century economy, it’s absolutely vital that Missouri workers have access to up-to-date, innovative job training,” said Nixon. “I am pleased that my administration has been able to award funding from the Customized Training program to help enhance the knowledge and skills of workers. Last year we increased funding for Customized Training by 52 percent here in Missouri, because training is crucial to our workers, our businesses and our entire state economy.”