Thank you to the many community members and companies who supported Building Strong Futures at State Fair Community College. I greatly appreciate all who contributed their time, talents and money to this important endeavor.
A special thank you to Gary Noland, campaign chair; Wendy Faulconer and Ann Porter, Benton County co-chairs; John Meehan, treasurer; and Justin Hubbs, Ron Ditzfeld, Doug Sokolowski, Matt LaCasse, Gary McMullin, and Lisa Church, committee chairs; as well as to countless volunteers, the SFCC Foundation board of directors, and college trustees and employees.
An educated and skilled workforce is essential for economic development, growth and prosperity of our communities. SFCC has been doing just that since our doors opened nearly 50 years ago in 1968 – providing a low-cost, high-quality education for area residents. That will continue to be our goal for the next 50 years.
Although the bond did not pass with the necessary four-sevenths vote, a majority of district patrons recognized the importance of expanding technical programs and facilities to meet the growing need for skilled workers by voting yes. Thank you! The need is real.
Many workers in our manufacturing plants are nearing retirement, and the industry continues to become more high-tech. Auto and agriculture implement dealers have difficulty finding service technicians. Welding jobs are growing faster than college programs can train students. And we can’t begin to meet the job demand for precision machinists or engineering design specialists. Good jobs with good pay right here in our region are going unfilled.
That’s why SFCC will continue working hard to find solutions for our space constraints and program needs by engaging with community leaders and citizens. We plan to hold multiple focus groups and establish a citizens’ advisory committee, and we welcome your input and help as we explore next steps. If you are interested in being a part of the conversation, please email Dana Kelchner, executive director of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Joanna Anderson,