OTC In The News: Aug. 21–28, 2015

News Releases OTC choir director receives Missouri’s premier music award Tuesday, August 25 OTC In the News Missouri police training panel to hold public hearings Friday, August 28 News Tribune Shaila’s, Nixa MO Friday, August 28 417 Magazine Police training panel…

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Former OTC student headed to university for the deaf

Doug Williams will be working on his master’s degree in deaf education at Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for the deaf, located in Washington, D.C.

Doug Williams will be working on his master’s degree in deaf education at Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for the deaf, located in Washington, D.C.

Doug Williams came to OTC in search of a language class and left with a new career.

Williams, who has an undergraduate degree in English, is now working on his master’s degree in deaf education at Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for the deaf, located in Washington, D.C.

While Williams is not deaf, the classes he attends will not have a speaking instructor.

“I’ve never been in that environment. All of the classes are signed,” he said.

The training he received in American Sign Language classes he took at OTC allowed him to pass the rigorous fluency examinations required in order to be admitted as a hearing student to Gallaudet.

“I came to OTC looking for a second language to study. I was required to study two languages. After two semesters of Spanish, I took up sign language and fell in love with it,” the Virginia native said.

”I knew that I wanted to do something with it for the deaf community. I never would have guessed when I took the classes that I would be doing this.”

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OTC In the News: Aug. 14–21, 2015

News Releases OTC Center for Workforce Development to host ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, August 14 OTC In the News Tuition rates cut for some Missouri residents next year at Northark Thursday, August 20 Harrison Daily Local firefighters prepare for possible response…

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Recycling project to benefit dental program mission

Heather Adkins (left) and Rebecca Caceres with recycling box.

Heather Adkins (left) and Rebecca Caceres with recycling box.

Normally, you wouldn’t give your toothbrush to someone once you’re done with it, but now you can, and for a good cause.

The OTC dental programs are collecting and recycling used dental products, such as toothbrushes and empty toothpaste tubes. The programs will receive money for the items and those funds will go to Project HOPE, which buys supplies for the dental students to take on the annual mission trip to Nicaragua.

Rebecca Caceres, the dental hygiene program director, said collection boxes have been placed around the Springfield campus and will be out during the fall picnic in September. The public can also contribute to the project by bringing materials to Lincoln Hall, Room 215.

Caceres said the project is sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive Co., which is contributing funds to the project as well.

“Our Colgate representative is a friend of mine and she contacted me about the project and said she thought it would be something I’d be interested in,” she said.

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OTC grad continues to stride toward her dream

Na Pham’s five-year wait is over as she takes the first step towards a dream she brought to the Ozarks from her homeland of Vietnam in 2010.

She wants to be a pharmacist.

Na Pham works in the tutoring center.

Na Pham works in the tutoring center.

The program was developed in response to current and projected shortages of pharmacy professionals in the state, particularly in underserved rural areas.

Na, who graduated from OTC in 2014 with an associate of arts in chemistry, will be one of several OTC graduates who will take advantage of the close proximity of the program.

“It’s convenient that it is offered across the street,” Na said in reference to how close the Springfield campuses of OTC and MSU are to each other.

Na was an Honors Program student at OTC and impressed Todd Yerby, the program’s director.

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