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State Tech welcomes record enrollment

While official enrollment numbers for the fall semester won’t be in for a few more weeks, the preliminary numbers point to yet another year of growth at State Technical College of Missouri.

The STC campus went from a quiet slumber to a bustling small town with the return of thousands of students on the first day of the fall semester.   Students started the semester Monday with a new student orientation, a campus barbeque and a local merchant fair.

Ben Williams, Student Government Association President, was excited to be back on campus.  “It was nice to come back and see some old familiar faces as well as all the new ones.”

The new student orientation kicked off the main campus’s week of welcome.  New students attended workshops, met with faculty and mingled with other new students attending STC this fall.  

“The freshman class seems motivated to succeed,” said Vicki Schwinke, Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services.   Schwinke welcomed the incoming freshman at the new student orientation.  “I asked how many students in the room wanted to graduate,” commented Schwinke.  “Hands eagerly went up around the room.”

New and returning students attended a free, campus-wide barbeque outside the Information Technology Center where they could visit with local merchants at the “STC Market Place”.    Students could open new bank accounts, sample food from local restaurants or schedule their next hair cut with a local hair salon.  

On-campus residents started their first week of the fall semester on Sunday evening with a welcome party.  The party included a watermelon eating contest, water balloon volleyball, washers and horseshoes.  

The first day of classes on Tuesday began with the annual Ringing of the Bell to officially start the academic year and commemorate STC’s status as Missouri’s only state technical college.  The STC Alumni Association kicked started the day for students with free donuts and drinks.

“A new school year is a great opportunity for returning students to set new goals and for new students to start making their mark,” said Williams.  “It makes coming back an equally exciting experience for everyone.”

With more than 35 programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   STC has campuses in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.  STC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.    

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