The Olen Howard Workforce Innovation Center at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri celebrated last month with the first classes in their new 40,000-square-foot facility. The Center’s classrooms and training areas are designed to teach the latest welding techniques and computerized machine tool operations. This new space more than doubles the college’s capacity in precision machining and welding, and expands other programs such as industrial maintenance, robotics, logistics, leadership/supervisory skills, and apprenticeships.
The Innovation Center will increase the pipeline of students pursuing high-demand, technical careers; provide under-served and nontraditional populations with avenues to obtain technical skills training; and give area employers the opportunity to skill-up and train workers locally.
Thanks to the Olen Howard family, NUCOR Corporation, federal grants, local businesses, and individuals, $10 million was raised to design, build, and equip the building with the latest technology. Prost Builders is proud to have been selected as the General Contractor on this project. The on-site Prost Team included Construction Project Manager Jason Bias, Superintendent Jeremy Schulte, and Assistant Superintendent Chase Taggart.
Construction Continues At Capital City High School
Construction continues on the new Capital City High School football and soccer stadium. Prost Builders’ concrete crews completed the first football cast-in-place concrete bleachers last month. The Prost team has more than 15 craftsmen performing the concrete work for this project, which is lead by Project Manager Kevin Fahy, Superintendent Louis Giek III, Lead Carpenter Foreman Matt Schaffer, Laborer Foreman Troy Wieberg, and Ironworker Foreman Dave Horton. The stadium has risen in height and is now visible from Mission Drive and Highway 179.
Employee Spotlight: Kale Spry, Construction Manager/Estimator
In high school, Kale Spry enrolled in a computer aiding and drafting class, which sparked his interest in construction. Kale competed in Skills USA’s drafting tournament, where he won awards in both Mechanical and Architectural Drafting competitions at the state level. He then went on to compete in a national drafting competition for Architectural Drafting and won 12th place.
Kale later attended the University of Missouri as an Engineering student. After graduating, he was hired as a survey crew chief with McClure Engineering, where he stayed for four years. Kale then worked as a Project Manager with Hercon Construction, building custom homes and completing light construction projects before joining Prost Builders.
Kale and his wife Paige have renovated multiple single-family homes around northern Columbia, Missouri. Recently, they built a “barndominium” on 18 acres of land on the outskirts of Columbia. Kale and Paige spend most of their time on their dock with their two dogs, enjoying the outdoors and all it has to offer.