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…

Ag and EDS rendering

OTC Trustees approve expansion of new building at Richwood Valley

The Ozarks Technical Community College Board of Trustees approved an additional $312,948 to expand the planned Agriculture and Electrical Distribution Systems Building at the Richwood Valley campus. The building project will grow by nearly 3,000 square feet, bringing the facility’s total footprint to 19,600 square feet.   The new building will provide additional classroom space for…

Missy and Robert homelessness project

OTC students research the health and psychological impacts of homelessness

In Barrie Talbott’s Composition II course, she has her Ozarks Technical Community College students complete a research project and deliver an in-class presentation every semester.   “I want my students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills,” Barrie said. “We also work on professionalism so they are prepared for any career or advanced academic pursuits.”  …

Go Anywhere, Time(s)

Three OTC students earn humanities awards

Three Ozarks Technical Community College students won writing awards for work published in the college’s literary magazine “Go Anywhere: Time(s).” The OTC English department entered the 2022-23 edition of the publication in the Community College Humanities Association’s (CCHA) literary magazine competition. The CCHA selects first, second and third-place winners for individual student work in five…

Airframe and Powerplant building

OTC breaks ground on new aviation maintenance facility

Ozarks Technical Community College broke ground on its new Airframe and Powerplant (aviation maintenance) training facility at the old Springfield-Branson National Airport terminal today, Monday, Oct. 23. The Airframe and Powerplant program will teach students to service, maintain and repair everything on the aircraft from nose to tail, including engines, the airframe body and mechanical…

PTK Medal

Three OTC students named Leaders of Promise

Three Ozarks Technical Community College students were named 2023 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars and will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs…

Great colleges 2023

OTC named a Great College to Work For

In a noteworthy nod to the health of its professional environment, confidence in its leadership, and overall employee satisfaction, Ozarks Technical Community College earned the distinguished Honor Roll status in the 2023 listing of Great Colleges to Work For. The listing, produced yearly by the national Great Colleges to Work For® program, ranks colleges nationwide.…

Steven Fouse

New rootEd Missouri Executive Director to Lead Future of Statewide Initiative to Provide College and Career Advising to Rural Students

rootEd Missouri, a statewide initiative designed to boost outcomes for students in rural communities by placing dedicated advisors in rural high schools to provide students with college and career planning support, today announced Steven Fouse will serve as its first executive director and will guide the next chapter of the successful initiative. Fouse brings to rootEd Missouri more than 15…

Strategic Plan unveiling

OTC unveils its new five-year strategic plan

Ozarks Technical Community College released its new Strategic Plan, “Dream.Plan.Build. 2023-2028,” at an employee kickoff event, today, Wed., Aug. 16. The new plan focuses on three commitments for the college: Student Success, Institutional Excellence and Local Communities. College leadership created the guiding document to establish OTC as a national leader among community colleges. “OTC is…

Samantha Towles with Sen. Eslinger and OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon

Monett High School “rootEd Advisor” Receives Statewide Award for Helping Rural Students Succeed After Graduation

A college and career advisor at Monett High School was today surprised with rootEd Missouri’s “Advisor of the Year” award, which recognizes exemplary efforts to help high school students in rural communities develop and achieve strong plans for life after graduation.   Samantha Towles was announced the winner at a special ceremony hosted by rootEd Missouri…

Sunset over Information Commons Dome

OTC receives two grants from the Musgrave Foundation

Ozarks Technical Community College received two grants from the Jeanette L. Musgrave Foundation totaling nearly $86,000. The two grants will benefit the college’s nursery at Study Elementary and a student group focused on civic engagement. As part of the Musgrave Foundation’s “Change for Children” program, OTC received a $50,000 grant for the college’s Study Nursery…

Information Technology Infrastructur

OTC to offer two no-cost summer training courses

Ozarks Technical Community College will offer two no-cost, short-term training courses at its Springfield campus in the summer of 2023. Students can choose from an information technology boot camp or an entry-level computer numerical control (CNC) machine class. The Information Technology Boot Camp prepares students to complete the A+ Certification exam. The A+ Core 1…