Boonville city leaders and State Fair Community College administration and board members gathered at the former Kemper Military School and College grounds for an official lease-signing ceremony on Thursday. The ceremony, 7 months in the making, marked the beginning of formal ties between Boonville and the college, which is bringing a long list of classes to prospective area students. Local instruction will prevent students from commuting to Sedalia for courses.



"I've had the pleasure of working with the mayor and the good folks in Boonville to make today happen. We started this conversation just 7 short months ago, so this is really phenomenal that we're this far down the road and that we'll be enrolling students today. We are so grateful to be here – to expand plans and services – we're absolutely thrilled," said Marsha Drennon, President of State Fair Community College.


Boonville city leaders and State Fair Community College administration and board members gathered at the former Kemper Military School and College grounds for an official lease-signing ceremony on Thursday. The ceremony, 7 months in the making, marked the beginning of formal ties between Boonville and the college, which is bringing a long list of classes to prospective area students. Local instruction will prevent students from commuting to Sedalia for courses.

"I've had the pleasure of working with the mayor and the good folks in Boonville to make today happen. We started this conversation just 7 short months ago, so this is really phenomenal that we're this far down the road and that we'll be enrolling students today. We are so grateful to be here – to expand plans and services – we're absolutely thrilled," said Marsha Drennon, President of State Fair Community College.

SFCC counselors were on hand to begin enrolling students following formalities. Santana Hopper, the first Boonville resident to enroll in Kemper SFCC courses, was honored and presented with a gift from President Drennon. Several local residents also met with counselors after the ceremony.

"This is a special day, a historical day, for you – and a historical day for State Fair Community College," said Gary Nolan, SFCC Board President.

"Today is about education and history coming together," said Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher.

Beginning on August 20, general education courses will start at Kemper. Future enrollment events are scheduled for July 12 and August 2. Each event is on a Thursday and is from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Laura Gramlich, Vice President of the Kemper Alumni Association, presented a check for $1000 for two $500 scholarships to be awarded to students who attend the campus in the fall.

"This is our former campus. Kemper Military School and College was here for well over 150 years and I can't tell you how excited we are to have State Fair now coming and following in our footsteps and starting that educational process all over again," Gramlich said.

"This is your community college. We're still looking for instructors. If you have a master's degree – especially if you're available during the day – but also if you have friends, please refer them to the SFCC website. Our idea is to hire local people," said SFCC vice president for educational and student support services, Dr. Brent Bates.

Students can register for an enrollment event by calling the SFCC Admissions Department at 660-530-5833, or obtain more information by emailing admissions@sfccmo.edu. Online, the department can be accessed at www.sfccmo.edu/admissions