Mo. Student Leadership Forum Group Photo

Two OTC students attend the Governor’s Student Leadership Forum

Ozarks Technical Community College students Stevi Kay Berry and Samuel Boggs were two of 60 college students nominated to represent OTC during the 37th Annual Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values held February 25-27, 2022, in Jefferson City, Missouri. The forum challenges students’ character development by encouraging them to reflect on their…

AEL and HiSET

OTC provides free adult education courses

Ozarks Technical Community College is accepting enrollment for its free Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at nine locations across the Ozarks. Students will attend an orientation and pretesting session before classes begin. The pretest allows students to be individually advised concerning the best placement and course of…

Rick’s Automotive makes six-figure donation to Plaster Manufacturing Center

The Ozarks Technical Community College Foundation received a six-figure donation from Rick’s Automotive for the Rick’s Automotive Student Lounge inside the Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Founded by Rick and Karen Hughlett in 1980, Rick’s Automotive has 40 full-time employees who service more than 1,000 vehicles per month. “OTC has been a great…

Healthy Blue and OTC launch healthcare scholarships to address workforce shortages

To help meet the need for community healthcare workers in the state, Missouri managed care provider Healthy Blue will fund scholarships for 12 students to complete the Community Healthcare Worker course through Ozarks Technical Community College. Students who begin the class this semester are eligible for the scholarship. The Community Healthcare Worker course starts on…

OTC employees and supporters earn awards at MCCA convention

The Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) honored OTC employees, alumni, donors and legislators at its 56th annual convention held in Branson Nov. 10-12. At the convention, MCCA acknowledged these donors, alumni and legislators for their commitment to OTC’s mission: Robert W. Plaster Foundation – Award of Distinction Elijah Haahr, former state representative – Distinguished Alumni…

OTC esports facility

OTC to debut esports team in 2022

For the first time in the history of the college, Ozarks Technical Community College will field a sports team. OTC will debut esports at the college in the spring of 2022 and will begin competing in the fall. Esports is competitive video gaming. “Our students have shown a desire to play video games against each…

OTC to offer no-cost, short-term training

The Center for Workforce Development at Ozarks Technical Community College will provide short-term courses this fall and winter to help potential employees gain in-demand skills to meet employer needs. Students pay nothing to attend the accelerated career training opportunities. Anyone may enroll in the classes as long as they are at least 18 years old. Students…

OTC and SPS partner on student success at Hillcrest

Ozarks Technical Community College and Springfield Public Schools entered into an agreement to place a student success advisor at Hillcrest High School. The advisor will counsel and instruct Hillcrest students on their post-secondary options, including college, vocational training and military service. The Memorandum of Understanding between SPS and OTC was approved by the Springfield School…

Plaster Manufacturing Center aerial

American National enters six-figure sponsorship for Plaster Manufacturing Center

The Ozarks Technical Community College Foundation announced a six-figure sponsorship for the Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing from insurance provider American National. American National’s investment will fund the American National Business Incubation Center. “American National is proud of the commitment to higher education in the Ozarks, and this new center continues that legacy…

Students on campus of Ozarks Technical Community College.

All OTC locations will be open Saturday, Aug. 14, for registration

To help students prepare for the upcoming fall semester, all Ozarks Technical Community College locations will be open Saturday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Student services staff will be available at each campus and center to assist students with last-minute admissions, enrollment, advising, financial aid and student accounts services. OTC’s fall semester begins on Monday,…

Veterans Upward Bound

College program for veterans to hold information sessions at local coffee shops

SPRINGFIELD, MO — Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) will host a series of informational sessions at four local coffee shops throughout August and September. Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a federally funded program that helps Greene County veterans attend college. VUB offers academic and career planning, financial aid and benefits advising, tutoring, admissions assistance and community…

Aaron Light

OTC names new dean of health sciences

Ozarks Technical Community College named Dr. Aaron Light as the Dean of Health Sciences. Light will assume his new role on July 1. He replaces Dr. Sherry Taylor, who retired in March. Currently, Dr. Light is the Program Director for OTC’s Respiratory Therapy Program, a position he has held for six years, but he’s been…