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State Tech students return to campus August 20

On August 20, a new student orientation with motivational speaker Kyle Scheele will kick off the State Technical College of Missouri’s week of welcome.  Scheele will speak to students about reverse engineering their lives.  The goal is to have students focused on graduating from the college and finding profitable employment.

In addition to Scheele’s presentation, new students will meet with faculty and mingle with other new students attending the college this semester.  New and returning students will have the opportunity to attend a free, campus-wide barbeque and visit with local merchants outside the Information Technology Center (ITC).

Starting Tuesday, immediately following the President’s Ringing of the Bell, classes for the fall semester will begin for over 1,000 students.  Although actual enrollment numbers for the fall semester won’t be known until the start of the semester, the preliminary numbers point to another year of steady growth at State Tech.

New and returning students can expect a significant change in the ITC’s Main Stream Café.   A new buffet style food service will be available starting the first day of classes.  Through the Great Western Dining Service, students and employees will be able to pay or utilize their meal plan and eat as much as they would like for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Cafeteria renovations are underway to install a beverage bar, salad bar, deli bar and cashier station.

“We are very excited about our expanding partnership with Great Western Dining,” stated Kim Staley, Director of Business Affairs.

As well as the new food services, State Tech will also offer a new academic program.  Starting this fall, students can enroll in the Heartland International Dealers Association Option of the Medium/Heavy Truck Technology program.   The program was developed by the college in association with six regional International Truck dealers which represent over 30 individual dealer locations.

According to Vicki Schwinke, Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, the college developed the program option based on the college’s mission to prepare students for profitable employment and a life of learning.   Schwinke stated that Heartland’s rationale for establishing the option was due to dealers facing looming technician retirements, increased advancements in truck technologies, and the anticipated revitalization of the economy.   “For State Tech, the option is cost effective and utilizes existing resources,” said Schwinke.  “Best of all, students graduating with this degree will be working in high demand occupations.”

With more than 35 academic programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission to prepare students for profitable employment and a life of learning.  

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