The new semester begins Jan. 19, and we’ve compiled our favorite OTC hacks to make your life a little easier in the coming weeks. Keep reading to learn how you can sign up for emergency text alerts, connect with student support services, report COVID-19 concerns and more.
1. Sync your OTC email to your phone.
2. Sign up for emergency text alerts.
Be the first to know of any sudden campus closings or security incidents through our free text alert system. You can sign up to receive these important messages at otc.edu/text.
3. Bookmark OTC’s student support services web page
Whether you need to speak with an academic advisor, counselor, IT support professional or financial aid representative, our student support services page can connect you with someone who can help. Schedule in-person or virtual appointments, call or LiveChat with us. We’re just a click away.
4. Review OTC’s COVID-19 response plan before returning to campus
Visit otc.edu/covid to familiarize yourself with the college’s pandemic response plan. In addition to masking, handwashing and social distancing throughout the spring 2021 semester, we ask that you report any or all COVID-19 concerns – such as exposures, illness or test results – at this link. A designated OTCCares representative will reach out to you with your next steps. By taking these protective measures, we can mitigate the spread of the virus and keep the OTC community healthy.
5. Take advantage of OTC’s free tutoring services.
Could your math, speech, writing or science skills use a tune up? We have tutors ready to help you in person or online this spring. And it’s all free. You can learn more about our tutoring sessions here.
6. Checkout tech items at OTC’s library
Laptops and Wifi Hotspots are available for checkout at the Springfield Campus Hamra Family Library. The items are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be checked out for up to three weeks at a time. Email email@example.com for more info.
7. Download Office 365 for free.
As an OTC student, you have access to Office 365 including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams – all for free. Click here to download your copy.
8. Visit the PC Repair Clinic.
If your laptop is giving you trouble, visit the PC Repair Clinic at the OTC Springfield Campus, Graff Hall 105. The clinic can help with all sorts of computer problems including broken or cracked LCD screens, viruses, slow performance, data backup and recovery, and more. For more information, call 417-447-8113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Get Canvas help when you need it.
Got questions about Canvas? Bring your Canvas-related questions and etext access issues to the OTC Springfield Campus, IC 104. You can also email email@example.com for support. To learn more about how to use Canvas, self-enroll in the free and optional Canvas Orientation for Students course (completion is not required and you can come and go from the class as needed).
10. Grab a free Eagle Breakfast at the OTC Springfield Campus
Visit by Café 101 weekday mornings between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. for a free Eagle Breakfast. Each meal includes your choice of oatmeal with fruit, cold cereal with fruit, biscuits and gravy with fruit, or a breakfast sandwich (fruit not included.) You can also grab a small coffee, small fountain drink or small hot chocolate. All Eagle Breakfast options will be visibly marked in the café.
Eagle Breakfast is a new pilot program offered for a limited time at the OTC Springfield Campus. You must bring a valid student ID to participate. Students can receive one Eagle Breakfast meal per day. Visit otc.edu/eaglebreakfast for more information and FAQs.