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OTC chancellor invited to federal science summit

Missouri community colleges will have a strong advocate at the State-Federal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Summit in Washington D.C. June 25-26. Ozarks Technical Community College Chancellor Hal Higdon will attend the summit hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. According to the invitation letter from Jeff Weld, the senior policy…

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OTC students earn 70 medals at SkillsUSA state competition

Students representing the various technical programs of Ozarks Technical Community College brought home 70 medals from the SkillsUSA state competition, held April 5-7 on the campus of State Technical College of Missouri in Linn. Nearly 100 OTC students participated the event, where thousands of technical education students from across the state competed in a variety of categories including graphic communications, culinary…

Message from the Chancellor

I want to thank everyone who gave Ozarks Technical Community College a vote of confidence at the ballot box yesterday. The renewal of the nickel of property tax allows us to continue providing the region with affordable, accessible educational opportunities. The additional nickel of property tax allows us to educate and train more students than…

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OTC to develop new Registered Apprenticeship programs through grant

Ozarks Technical Community College, in collaboration with local business and industry members, community partners, and regional workforce development agencies, will receive a $186,780 grant from the Missouri Registered Apprenticeship Grant Program. Funds will be used to expand and develop Registered Apprenticeship programs across southwest Missouri. Through the grant, OTC will establish 12 new or expanded…

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OTC Fine Arts to present: The Traveling Symphony’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Ozarks Technical Community College’s Fine Arts Department will present: The Traveling Symphony’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in April. The immersive theatrical experience will take place at several outdoor spaces around Springfield. All performances are free and open to the public. Inspired by “Station Eleven,” a novel by Emily St. John Mandel, the plot follows a…

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OTC Communications and Marketing wins two national awards from NCMPR

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) honored Ozarks Technical Community College’s Department of Communications and Marketing with two silver Paragon Awards at its national conference, held March 18-20 in Las Vegas, NV. This is the second time OTC has received honors from NCMPR at the national level. OTC’s Communications and Marketing team earned…

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OTC to host community job fair

Ozarks Technical Community College’s Career Services will host a job fair on Wednesday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the OTC Springfield Campus in Lincoln Hall, room 211. The event is free and open to the public. The job fair is designed for both career-minded individuals and those seeking seasonal or part-time employment. Several…

Murphy-Hoffman Company contributes to OTC diesel expansion

Ozarks Technical Community College will name its diesel technician training center expansion after Murphy-Hoffman Company (MHC), a lead supporter of the capital project. The expansion, which will add four new truck bays and classrooms with learning labs, is expected to increase the college’s Diesel Technology enrollment capacity by 45 percent. “Partnering with an organization that…

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OTC partners with industry leaders to offer new remanufacturing curriculum

Beginning in the fall of 2019, technical education students at Ozarks Technical Community College can pursue their degrees with an emphasis in remanufacturing. The college’s diesel, automotive and manufacturing students will have the opportunity to enhance their employability with a series of courses developed specifically to prepare students for high-demand jobs in the remanufacturing industry.…

OTC wins $50,000 Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award

Ozarks Technical Community College’s Dental Hygiene program is a winner of the inaugural Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation. The Dental Hygiene program will receive $50,000 and is among just eight exceptional community college programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), recognized for providing…

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OTC named a Military Friendly School

Victory Media, an online information platform for military personnel returning to civilian life, has named Ozarks Technical Community College a Military Friendly School. OTC is one of only three community colleges in Missouri to receive the designation and the only community college in the state in the “Large Community College” classification. “As a military veteran…

OTC, Evangel sign Behavioral Health articulation agreement

Graduates of Ozarks Technical Community College’s Behavioral Health Support program will have the opportunity to transfer seamlessly into Evangel University’s Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health program thanks to a new articulation agreement signed between the institutions. Evangel’s Behavioral Health degree program was established in the fall of 2017. The new program, offered entirely online,…

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Adult Education and Literacy volunteers needed at OTC

Volunteer positions are available for Ozarks Technical Community College’s Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) classes, which will be held this spring in the following counties: Greene, Stone, Taney, Christian, Webster, Polk, Dallas, and Laclede.  Volunteer schedules vary by location. Most volunteers average 2-3 hours of work per week. AEL volunteers assist instructors in preparing adults…

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OTC, Missouri State sign aviation articulation agreement

Graduates of Ozarks Technical Community College’s aviation program will have the opportunity to transfer seamlessly into Missouri State University’s Bachelor of General Studies program thanks to a new articulation agreement established between the two institutions. OTC’s first cohort of aviation students began their training this fall. The college’s two-year program prepares students to enter the…

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OTC IT department wins cloud computing award

Ozarks Technical Community College’s Information Technology department received a Cloud Leadership award from E&I Cooperative Services, a not-for-profit purchasing company that serves educational institutions. David Esping, OTC’s chief technology officer, and Eric Kyle, director of network software, accepted the award at the annual EDUCAUSE conference, held Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in Philadelphia, Pa. OTC was chosen…

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OTC’s Matthew Simpson honored by MCCA

SPRINGFIELD, MO — Ozarks Technical Community College’s Matthew Simpson accepted the Missouri Community College Association Technology Innovation Award at the association’s 53rd annual convention held this week in Branson, Mo. Simpson, OTC’s college director of research, strategic planning and grant development, helped to create the college’s current Guided Self-Placement instrument. Rather than traditional placement exams,…