State Tech Attract Students from Across the State

by Brandon McElwain, Director of Marketing, State Technical College of Missouri
Photos provided by State Technical College

State Technical College of Missouri has experienced massive amounts of growth over the past few years. In fact, State Tech has broken a new record each of the last five years with their number of first year students to campus. The Chronicles of Higher Education recently named it the fastest growing college in the state.

When asked how State Tech keeps this growth up year after year, State Tech President, Dr. Shawn Strong, shared his insight and vision for the campus. “It is really about value proposition. Our mission is to prepare students for profitable employment and a life of learning. Every employee at State Tech knows this and lives the mission.”

State Tech says they are the #1 college in the country, and they have the trophies to back it up. Not many 2-year colleges can say their recent graduates wear a World Series ring (Red Sox 2018), a Super Bowl ring (Chiefs 2020) and are working major PGA tour events. State Tech can, and that’s in their Commercial Turf and Grounds program alone.

There are a variety of other reasons for the growth. For example, State Tech has a 99% job placement rate. Meaning students that come to State Tech, get a job. State Tech has the 2nd highest graduation rate in the entire country. Not only that, but 10 years into their career, a State Tech graduate will have on average a higher salary than graduates from most regional 4-year universities. Those are just some of the reasons why State Tech has seen numerous #1 in the country rankings over the last few years from the likes of WalletHub, Zippia, Stacker and University HQ.

This massive enrollment growth does present new challenges, like needing more instruction space and a review of the student-to-teacher ratios within some departments.

Taking this into consideration, State Tech decided to start building. Over the past few years, State Tech has moved the health science programs to the main campus, located in a brand-new Health Science Center. They also added the Civil Technology Center and the Utility Technology Center, to transform the back end of the campus. Most recently, they also took ownership of the Osage Country Club.

The Osage Country Club will add a 30,000 square foot entertainment and event center. Within the building, there will be a pro-shop, e-sports space, 50 seat “AMC Style” theater, sports bar, and restaurant, 4 lanes of Duckpin Social bowling, and three golf simulators. Upstairs will be a 300-seat event center with full glass views of the golf course and water. Outside the clubhouse building,
Columbia Pool and Spa will begin construction on a zero-entry pool. A large patio will include fire pits and a variety of outdoor games and entertainment. Next door to the clubhouse is another exciting building project. This new building will be home to State Tech’s
Commercial Turf and Grounds Management academic program. Attached to the back of the building is a driving range that will utilize Top Range technology. State Tech is also in the process of building an 18-hole disc golf course at the country club that should be considered a “Top 100” course when complete.

After five straight years of record enrollment, this new facility will bring something unique to Central Missouri and will become a destination that will attract students from all across the state.

“We will have something for everyone. Whether it is hosting corporate retreats, weddings, or giving students and the community something to do, it does not get much more comprehensive than what we are about to do in Linn. Ultimately, this will help us continue to grow our student population and Missouri’s skilled workforce,” said State Tech President Dr. Shawn Strong.

Dr. Shawn Strong

This project is made possible thanks in part to the State Tech’s Student Government Association. The council recently passed a $5.00 addition to the original $10.00 per credit hour recreational fee. This fee allows students to golf and swim for free.

Erin Clark, Student Government Association Intramural Coordinator, commented “We believe we had to pass this for our future students, to continue to add things for them to do in Linn.”

There are a variety of new programs offered at State Tech as well. In just the past few years, State Tech has added Digital Marketing, Agribusiness, Civil Construction, Energy Technology, and our Associate of Science in Business transfer degree.

State Tech is home to more than 50 labs across campus. This includes our precision machining lab, the Lincoln electric welding center, our auto collision paint booths, an aviation hangar, automotive service bays, health science labs, the Osage country club, an indoor climbing lab with outdoor boring labs, and even 40+ acres dedicated to their heavy equipment operations program. State Tech is also proud of their unique partner programs, like the Caterpillar Think Big program, as well as our MFA option.

Dr. Strong added that they will serve the Midwest’s workforce development needs, because at State Tech we like to say:  from the classroom to your career, we are The Employer’s Choice. We are State Tech.