After months of online classes, students at State Fair Community College Lake of the Ozarks campus will be headed back to the classroom this fall.

After months of online classes, students at State Fair Community College Lake of the Ozarks campus will be headed back to the classroom this fall.

 State Fair Community College administration has announced that the college will hold classes on-ground starting Aug. 24 at all their campuses.  Special arrangements will be made for some courses that require close personal interactions with others, such as health sciences and technical courses. Students are encouraged to check with navigators and faculty if they have questions. 

SFCC made the decision following Missouri Governor Mike Parson announcement last week lifting state restrictions. 

SFCC continues to work with state and local health departments to ensure the safety of the students and employees. Details regarding the return to campus plan can be found at www.sfccmo.edu/COVID-19. Employees will return to campus on Aug. 3.

“This will affect all of our students enrolled in fall courses, as we will be adjusting classroom layouts to allow greater space between students and instructors, increased cleanings, and educating our students and employees about minimizing the spread of diseases, including at the Lake of the Ozarks campus,” according to Brad Henderson of SFCC. “ The Eldon campus will be affected differently as special accommodations will have to be made there for the nursing students. Similar arrangements will be made at our Clinton and Sedalia campus for nursing students, and other health science and technical  programs. Each program on any of our campuses is unique and will require custom solutions to create the safest environment conducive to learning.”

Henderson said SFCC officials are hoping Parson’s announcement and the school’s decision to move back into the classroom will result in higher enrollment. “As for increases in enrollment, right now enrollment is pretty much in decline across the state and there are a number of factors at play, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the self-quarantine. We are hoping that the Governor’s announcement last week and our announcement to resume programs onsite will help,” he said.  

SFCC will host another round of online coursework in July offering fall minimester classes July 30-Aug. 12; the last day to enroll is July 23. Regular fall 16- and first eight-week classes begin on Aug. 24; the last day to enroll is Aug. 23. Twelve-week classes begin on Sept. 8; the last day to enroll is Sept. 7. Classes are offered in Sedalia, Boonville, Clinton, Eldon, Lake of the Ozarks, Warsaw, Whiteman Air Force Base, and online. Go to www.sfccmo.edu/searchforclasses to view the schedule.

Students who have earned the Missouri A+ Scholarship can use those funds at State Fair Community College. In response to the disruption in higher education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development has made some changes for students who are renewing their awards for fall.

One accommodation, which applies to A+ and Fast Track funds, covers the full 2020-2021 academic year (fall and spring semesters) and allows students to renew awards in the 2020-2021 academic year if they meet satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school at the end of the spring 2020 semester. These students will be eligible to renew their awards for the 2020-2021 academic year, even if the school requires less than a 2.5 GPA. Contact SFCC’s Financial Aid and Veteran Services at finaid@sfccmo.edu or (660) 530-5834 for more information about A+ or other financial aid assistance.

Prospective students may apply online free at www.sfccmo.edu/admissions. For assistance, email admissions@sfccmo.edu or call (660) 530-5833. All campuses are closed to the public until Aug. 3, but staff are answering phones and emails.

Returning students should contact their navigators before enrolling to ensure they are selecting the classes they need to complete their certificates or degrees. 

This will affect all of our students enrolled in fall courses, as we will be adjusting classroom layouts to allow greater space between students and instructors, increased cleanings, and educating our students and employees about minimizing the spread of diseases, including at the Lake of the Ozarks campus. The Eldon campus will be affected differently as special accommodations will have to be made there for the nursing students. Similar arrangements will be made at our Clinton and Sedalia campus for nursing students, and other health science and technical  programs. Each program on any of our campuses is unique and will require custom solutions to create the safest environment conducive to learning.

As for increases in enrollment, right now enrollment is pretty much in decline across the state and there are a number of factors at play, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the self-quarantine. We are hoping that the Governor’s announcement last week and our announcement to resume programs onsite will help.