OTC and other colleges partner for mass vaccine clinic

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Ozarks Technical Community College, Missouri State University and other area higher education institutions invite community members to a COVID-19 vaccine mega-event April 8-9 at Missouri State University’s Hammons Student Center. Clinic organizers hope to vaccinate 10,000 people over the two days. The vaccine that will be offered is the one-dose Janssen…

Paramedicine Program students in the ambulance simulator at OTC.

OTC to offer EMT course in Lebanon

Ozarks Technical Community College will offer the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course at the Lebanon center beginning in the summer of 2021. Currently, OTC offers EMT training at its Springfield and Table Rock locations. The EMT course at Lebanon begins June 1, and classes will be held from noon-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In…

OTC and STLCC earn initial approval to offer bachelor’s degrees in respiratory therapy

Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) approved Ozarks Technical Community College and St. Louis Community College to offer bachelor’s degrees in respiratory therapy. This marks the first time any community college in Missouri has been approved to offer bachelor’s degrees in any subject. The approval by CBHE is the first step in a multi-tiered…

OTC earns $25,000 grant to establish STEM scholarships for women

SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Ozarks Technical Community College Foundation was awarded a $25,000 grant to fund scholarships for female students pursuing education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Coca-Cola Foundation Women in STEM Scholarship will give 25 students a $1,000 scholarship ($500 each semester) for the 2021-2022 academic year. “We’ve seen women thrive…

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All OTC locations open Saturday, Jan. 9

In an effort to help students prepare for the upcoming spring semester, all OTC locations will be open Saturday, Jan. 9 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 account services. Current and prospective students can…

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OTC and Burrell partner to offer mental health services to students, employees

Ozarks Technical Community College and Burrell Behavioral Health have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide mental health services, free of charge, to OTC students and employees. Burrell will provide the following services: A part-time mental health counselor for students at the OTC Springfield Campus. A part-time mental health counselor for students at the OTC…

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OTC’s free Adult Education and Literacy Program accepting new students

Ozarks Technical Community College is accepting enrollment for its free Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) classes held at several locations across southwest Missouri. The classes provide individualized learning programs for adults who want to prepare for the High School Equivalency (HSE) exam, learn English as a second language or improve their reading, math and writing skills. To…

Paramedicine Program students in the ambulance simulator at OTC.

OTC, SBU agree to paramedic-to-nursing bridge program

Thanks to a new agreement between Ozarks Technical Community College and Southwest Baptist University, OTC paramedic graduates will have the opportunity to seamlessly transfer into SBU’s Associate of Science in Nursing program. “By establishing this pathway with SBU, we give our paramedic graduates the opportunity to build upon the education and experience they already possess,”…

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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…

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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…