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State Fair Community College

3201 W 16th St, Sedalia, MO 65301

(877) 311-7322 | Website

Top-notch commercial truck drivers are in demand in Missouri and throughout the nation. State Fair Community College offers the region’s leading Class A CDL truck driver training program, designed by employers to put you in the driver’s seat and on the road to a great job.

The Program

Whether you aspire to drive locally, or over the road (OTR), this short-term truck driver training program provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to excel at driving and get a job. We teach you the rules of the road, how to keep logs and understand regulations and how to drive. When you complete the course, you will have earned your Class A CDL license.

The four-week program includes classroom instruction and driving time. As your

driving abilities improve, you will get to drive in increasing amounts of traffic, on different types of roads and under varied road conditions. Both low-use and high-use docks are used for practice. You will be required to pass a motor vehicle background check to be accepted by SFCC’s insurance.

Level 1 and 2 courses are available for drivers with some commercial driving experience. If you are ready to get back on the road, with a Class A or Class B license, our program will put you there! Applicants must have a current MO CDL in their possession, current DOT health card or be able to pass drug and health screenings prior to starting the program.

In September 1968, State Fair Community College opened its doors to 436 students. Located on land west of the Missouri State Fairgrounds, it had just one building – a 35,000-square-foot facility made of six modular units connected by a central hallway.

It wasn’t fancy, but to the staff, students and supporters, it was everything. That day marked the culmination of more than three years of hard work by a group of dedicated Sedalia Jaycees who lobbied to bring higher education to the area.

On April 5, 1966, voters approved the creation of the Junior College District of Sedalia. On April 10, 1968, the college officially became State Fair Community College, the outcome of a “Name the College” contest won by Smith-Cotton High School senior Brenda Weathers.

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SFCC’s founding president, Fred E. Davis

From the beginning, SFCC’s leadership has been strong and forward-thinking. The founding president was Fred E. Davis, whose energy and thoughtfulness laid the groundwork and set the standard for putting students first. The Automotive Technology Building, the Charles E. Yeater Learning Center and the Marvin R. Fielding Technical Center were built under his watch, and an additional 113 acres were purchased for future growth.

Dr. Marvin Fielding took the reins from 1984 to 1997 and oversaw the construction of three major buildings—the William C. Hopkins Student Services Center, the Stauffacher Center for the Fine Arts and the Potter-Ewing Agriculture Building.

Dr. Steve Poort served as president from 1997 to 2003, during which time the college’s service area was expanded to cover 14 counties. Two more buildings also were dedicated—the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center and Daum Museum of Contemporary Art.

In July 2003 Dr. Marsha Drennon took over as president and launched a capital campaign that resulted in construction of the Heckart Science and Allied Health Center and saw enrollment grow to more than 5,000 students a semester.

In 2013 Dr. Joanna Anderson became SFCC’s fifth president; she continues to move the college forward through the 2020 Vision Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan, both of which focus on meeting the changing needs of the students and communities the college serves.

In 2017 more than 13,758 students chose SFCC for credit and continuing education classes online and on campus in Sedalia, Boonville, Clinton, Eldon, the Lake of the Ozarks, Warsaw, and Whiteman Air Force Base.

In 2018 SFCC celebrated 50 years of living its mission to “provide relevant and innovative learning experiences that successfully prepare students and enrich the intellectual, economic and cultural vitality of the communities it serves.”

In 2020, the Board of Trustees adopted a new mission, that “State Fair Community College provides relevant and responsive learning experiences that empower our students and communities to prosper.”


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