Commencement 2024

OTC is first community college in Mo. to award bachelor’s degrees

Ozarks Technical Community College’s 2024 commencement ceremony was historic. The 2024 graduation marked the first time in history that a Missouri community college has awarded bachelor’s degrees. Daniel Bowles, Samantha Gonzalez and Jade Humphreys each earned a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy. In 2021, the Coordinating Board for Higher Education approved OTC and St.…

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Three students will receive bachelor’s degrees at OTC’s commencement

Just over a third of Americans have bachelor’s degrees, and this year, Ozarks Technical Community College will directly contribute to the number of people with four-year degrees.   At OTC’s 2024 commencement, the college will make history by awarding three Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degrees to Daniel Bowles, Samantha Gonzalez and Jade Humphreys. This…

Hughlett Student Lounge Dedication

OTC celebrates another donation from long-time supporter Rick’s Automotive

Ozarks Technical Community College dedicated the Rick’s Automotive Student Lounge today, Thursday, May 9. The lounge is in the newly remodeled Industry and Transportation Technology Center. In 2022, Rick and Karen Hughlett donated to the new Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing to establish a student lounge in the PMC. “We continue to donate…

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ARCADIA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS CELEBRATE COLLEGE AND CAREER PLANS AT DECISION DAY EVENT

IRONTON, Mo. (May 6, 2024)— Arcadia Valley High School today hosted Decision Day, an event for the 81 high school seniors to announce their plans following graduation, which ranged from enrolling in college, undertaking technical training, and enlisting in the military. Missouri Commissioner of Education Dr. Margie Vandeven joined the event in recognition of the…

JMARK Team CyberSecurity

JMARK and OTC partner to advance technology education

Local information technology firm JMARK and Ozarks Technical Community College partnered to create the JMARK Cybersecurity Lab. JMARK’s strategic investment in the college’s cybersecurity program helps create career avenues for students to work at JMARK or other local companies.   Cybersecurity debuted at OTC in the fall of 2022. Immediately, cybersecurity was one of the most…

Robert-Thomas Gumersell

2024 OTC Student Commencement Speaker: Robert-Thomas Gumersell

The 2024 Ozarks Technical Community College Commencement Ceremony student speaker is Robert-Thomas Gumersell.   The 21-year-old Springfield native is receiving his Associate of Arts in General Studies and a Certificate of Specialization in Honors Studies.  Robert-Thomas, known around campus as R.T., started attending OTC as a dual-enrolled home school high school student when he was 18.…

MCCA All State 2024

OTC students honored for leadership, academic achievement

Nine Ozarks Technical Community College students were honored today, Thursday, April 11, at the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) Student Leadership and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Awards Luncheon at Stephens College in Columbia.  The PTK/MCCA All-Missouri Team recognizes high-achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence, intellectual rigor, leadership, and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. …

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JMARK CEO to speak at OTC graduation on May 16

JMARK CEO Tom Douglas will give the commencement address at Ozarks Technical Community College’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 16, at 5 p.m. Great Southern Bank Arena on the Missouri State University campus is the site for the graduation ceremony. JMARK is a Springfield-based information technology company with a “People First, Technology Second” philosophy. “Good people aspire…

Heather Eberlin

OTC ag instructor Heather Eberlin named semi-finalist for Golden Owl Award®

Educators devote limitless time, and often their own resources, to helping students pursue their passions. To recognize the contributions of Missouri’s leading agricultural teachers, Nationwide and the Missouri FFA Foundation are honoring exceptional teachers as semi-finalists for the Missouri Golden Owl Award. This was the inaugural year for the Golden Owl Award contest in Missouri.…

Springfield Votes

OTC student group to host “Springfield Votes” on March 20

Ozarks Technical Community College student group Politically Active will host “Springfield Votes” on March 20. The event will allow voters to meet with all candidates running for the Springfield School Board in the April 2 election. “Springfield Votes” will run from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing on the OTC Springfield Campus.  …

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Two OTC students participate in the Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum

Ozarks Technical Community College students Mitchell Eddings and Robert-Thomas (R.T.) Gumersell represented OTC during the annual Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values held February 16-18, 2024, in Jefferson City, Missouri. The Forum challenges students’ character development by encouraging them to reflect on their own decision-making skills, values, and belief systems. Students learn…

OTC’s bachelor’s degree enjoys dramatic growth in second year

Ozarks Technical Community College’s first bachelor’s degree program experienced dramatic growth in its second year. The bachelor’s in respiratory therapy debuted in January of 2023 with a handful of students, but when classes began for the Spring 2024 semester, the new program had 16 first-year students. “This year, we’ve had more time to attract students,…

Welding lab

OTC to offer short-term, employment-focused courses this spring 

This spring, Ozarks Technical Community College will provide short-term manufacturing and welding courses that can be completed in two to ten weeks. The classes prepare students for entry-level positions in their chosen fields.   For the spring of 2024, the following courses are scheduled for the OTC Springfield Campus.  Fundamentals of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operation…