State Fair Community College, located in Sedalia, Mo., is a public, nonprofit college that serves the educational needs of 14 counties in west central Missouri. More than 5,000 students choose SFCC each year because of small classes, superb educators, a beautiful campus, and one of the lowest tuition rates and fees in the state. In addition to the Sedalia campus, classes are offered in Boonville, Clinton, Lake of the Ozarks, Warsaw, at Whiteman Air Force in Knob Noster, and online.
SFCC is accessible, flexible and offers classes in many convenient formats—traditional classroom courses, including late afternoon and evening classes; summer sessions; fast-track courses; 10-day interim classes; “certified job ready” classes; hybrid classes; and more than 260 online classes, including several complete degree and certificate programs online. Other programs include customized training for business and industry, hundreds of noncredit Lifelong Learning classes, a summer Kids College program, and free adult literacy, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, and U.S. citizenship classes.
Whether your goal is a certificate or degree that gets you into the workforce quickly or a transfer degree to a four-year college, SFCC has what you need. There are more than 65 degree and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business and career and technical fields, plus an Associate of Arts degree for transfer to a four-year college, an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree and an Associate of Science in Chemistry or Engineering.
Because of SFCC's "Doing Quality Right" culture, the college is always adding new programs, degrees and services to meet student, industry and community needs. Starting fall 2013, the following new manufacturing* programs will be offered pending anticipated approval by the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education:
- Machinist Level 1 Skills Certificate (entry-level) and a Machinist Level 2 Skills Certificate (advanced)
- Total Productive Maintenance Professional Certificate (TPM)
- Pipe Welding Skills Certificate
These health care* programs and courses, which have also recently been added, provide excellent opportunities for good paying jobs as well as a quality health care workforce:
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Computed Tomography
- Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) and Certified Medication Technician (CMT)
*The above manufacturing and health care programs are available because of a grant funding by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant provides tuition assistance to eligible students.
SFCC has agreements with four-year schools that ensure credit earned here transfers to those institutions. There also are specific agreements with Central Methodist University that provides bachelor’s degree programs at Sedalia, Clinton, Lake of the Ozarks, and online; Drury University for on-ground and online programs; University of Central Missouri; and University of Missouri. CMU and UCM also offer dual admission through SFCC.
Great options for high school students
SFCC also offers terrific options for high school students,such as dual credit and advanced credit courses. The State Fair Career and Technology Center (SFCTC) on the Sedalia campus offers training in nine technical programs for high school juniors and seniors. Since 1998 SFCC has participated in the state’s A+ scholarship program, which pays for tuition at Missouri community colleges for high school students who qualify.
Fine art exhibitions, performances and athletic events
SFCC prides itself on providing cultural enrichment for the surrounding community through its flourishing theatre, music and fine arts programs. The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the Sedalia campus has more than 800 works in its permanent collection, including paintings, drawings, prints, works in clay, and sculpture. The athletic program features men’s and women’s basketball and a spirit squad, and the college sponsors numerous special events and programs throughout the year for students and community members.
Taxing district and service area
The taxing district, designed in 1966, includes most of Benton and Pettis counties. The city of Otterville was added to the district by annexation in 1985. In 1995, state legislation expanded the college's service area to include Carroll, Cooper, Moniteau, Cole, Morgan, Miller, Johnson, Henry, Saline, St. Clair, Hickory, and Camden counties.
SFCC has been affiliated with the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools since it was founded. Correspondence status was granted in 1968. Full accreditation was granted in 1976, 1981, 1988, and 1999. SFCC became accredited through admission to the NCA Higher Learning Commission's
Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) in August 2005 and continues to be accredited on an annual basis.
The SFCC Foundation
The SFCC Foundation supports the mission of the college and has assets of more than $8 million. The foundation manages more than 50 endowed scholarships and funds, which annually provide almost $70,000 in scholarship aid to SFCC students and support to the college.
Since its beginning in 1968, SFCC’s philosophy has always been "students first." We’re here for you—to guide, support and help you realize your dreams.
Updated May 2013