History of STC
History. State Technical College of Missouri(State Tech), founded in 1961, is Missouri’s only two-year public technical college with a statewide mission. Originating as Linn Technical Junior College, the college became a part of the public higher education system in Missouri with the passing of legislation by the 88th General Assembly.
The original educational institution was established with funding from the National Defense Education Act as a public postsecondary residential technical institution. The philosophy of the original institution was “to provide two-year vocational/technical programs to all students who wish to prepare themselves for employment.”
The college has a longstanding reputation for producing graduates with the valued technical and interpersonal skills needed for advancement in the workplace. With a state mandate and college mission to “prepare students for profitable employment and a life of learning,” the college has been responsive to workplace needs.
State Tech offers more than 35 technical programs at the associate of applied science degree and certificate level. In addition, customized and contract training is offered to Missouri business and industry. In each program, the curriculum includes an integration of theory with hands-on application and experience. Such integration ensures the development of functional troubleshooting skills with traditional and innovative techniques, approaches and equipment. Also emphasized are teamwork, interpersonal skills and work ethic and the general education core contributes to a high level of critical thinking and problem solving ability of graduates. As part of their education, many students participate in on-the-job experience through internships.
State Tech monitors the economic, industrial and technological needs of the state as new programs are proposed for development. Programs recently developed include management information systems specialist with a general and automated accounting systems options; electric power generation technology; and radiation protection, instrumentation and control, reactor operations and quality control options in the nuclear technology program.
The faculty have a combination of higher education credentials and real world experiences in their professional areas of expertise. In addition, they are continually updating their skills through college coursework, industrial training and workshops.
In keeping with real world experience, students are evaluated through a one-of-a-kind system that provides potential employers with a student’s track record of success in Academic achievement, Job readiness work ethic, and Attendance (AJA@™State Tech).
State Technical College of Missouri is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. More than 10 programs maintain additional program-level professional accreditations and certifications including a new accreditation by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). Thirteen programs are accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Many instructors hold individual certifications related to their respective teaching fields.
The main campus is located along Highway 50 on 349 acres one mile east of Linn in central Missouri, 25 miles east of Jefferson City, and includes a public airport.
For the College's legislative history, see Article Mission Package.