State Technical College of Missouri has announced a partnership with Missouri One Call to bring a “Safety Village” to the campus of State Tech.

Missouri One Call has donated $50,000 to start the initial construction of the project.

Safety Village will be a real world cityscape of about two city blocks complete with buried utilities, water, sewer and telecommunications. The area will become a state-of-the-art training facility for State Tech students and Missouri One Call employees.

“Safety Village will meet a critical need brought to us by industry. As State Tech works through challenging budget times these types of partnerships are key for the development of new programs and growth. This gift will help us support the utility industry. Safety Village will be a key piece to our continued growth as the Employers’ Choice,” said State Tech President Dr. Shawn Strong.

“State Technical College provides the best opportunity to educate excavators in the proper way to excavate new and existing underground facilities. In addition, they will train existing excavators about locating theory and practice as needed,” said Missouri One Call Executive Director John Lansford.

Missouri One Call was on campus Friday, Oct. 6, to present the $50,000 check and to tour the future home of Safety Village.

For additional information, please contact Brandon McElwain at 573-897-5351 or email at