Masked students hold up their graduation tassels for the camera

OTC cancels Aug. 19 commencement ceremony

Ozarks Technical Community College canceled its commencement ceremony scheduled for Aug. 19 at JQH Arena on the Missouri State University campus. This was the make-up event for the previously scheduled May 16 graduation, which was postponed due to COVID-19. “We spent the last three months planning, reimagining and doing everything in our power to create…

OTC's Hal Higdon and Emerson's Keith Calhoun

Emerson pledges $500,000 donation to OTC’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Emerson, a global technology and engineering company based in St. Louis, donated $500,000 to Ozarks Technical Community College’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM). “The next-generation of workers is vital for continuing to serve our customers with solutions and components for energy-efficient air-conditioning systems,” said Keith Calhoun, director of operations for Emerson’s compressor manufacturing locations in…

Megan Weaver

OTC appoints new Dean of Academic Services

Dr. Megan Weaver will serve as OTC’s Dean of Academic Services beginning July 1. The OTC Board of Trustees approved Weaver’s promotion at its monthly board meeting in June. She assumes the role previously occupied by Dr. Vivian Elder, who now oversees the college’s Bioclinical Sciences Department. As dean, Weaver will lead the college’s Academic…

OTC sees double-digit gain in summer enrollment

Enrollment in summer classes at Ozarks Technical Community College increased by 15 percent for 2020 compared to 2019. That’s equivalent to 477 full-time students. All summer classes, with a few exceptions, were moved online this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ten-week and five-week summer classes at OTC began today. Eight-week summer courses start Monday,…

Branco apprentices pose in OTC's construction lab

Branco Enterprises and OTC partner to provide apprenticeships

Ozarks Technical Community College’s Center for Workforce Development and general contractor, Branco Enterprises, Inc., have entered into a partnership to administer and provide instruction for Branco’s Carpentry Apprenticeship Program based in the Springfield, Missouri area. The apprenticeship program provides on-the-job experience and classroom instruction to select employees. “The job market is tighter than ever. We…

OTC student registering for classes

OTC to host FAFSA Frenzy event in Springfield

Ozarks Technical Community College will host a free FAFSA Frenzy event on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5-7 p.m. in the Information Commons West building at the OTC Springfield Campus. The event, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, is designed to help prospective college students file their FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA…

OTC dedicates SRC Diesel Remanufacturing Lab

Ozarks Technical Community College and Springfield-based remanufacturing company SRC dedicated the college’s new SRC Diesel Remanufacturing Lab today, Tuesday, Oct. 22. SRC donated $100,000 to the college to help create the new laboratory facility. “SRC has been a great partner and advisor in helping the college match its curriculum to the needs of employers,” said…

Dake|Wells presents OTC's new master plan to the board of trustees

OTC debuts new 20-year master plan

With a focus on students, safety and accessibility, Ozarks Technical Community College unveiled its new 20-year Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan for the Springfield campus, today, Wednesday, Aug. 14. The plan projects robust enrollment growth for the Springfield location and includes additional instructional space, student life amenities and parking improvements. “On April 3 of 2020, the…

OTC officials and community partners cut the ribbon in front of the Agriculture Training Center at Richwood Valley

OTC holds grand opening for new agriculture center

OTC trustees, administrators and faculty along with K-12 school officials and community leaders gathered at Ozarks Technical Community College’s Richwood Valley Campus for the grand opening of the college’s Agriculture Training Center, today, Aug. 12. Prior to the 2019-2020 school year, OTC’s agriculture and turf and landscape programs were based at the OTC Springfield Campus.…