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OTC tutoring center wins Teaching and Learning Award

The Speckman Tutoring and Learning Center at Ozarks Technical Community College has been named the winner of the Blackboard Catalyst Awards program’s Teaching and Learning Award, which honors outstanding use of technology for instructor efficiency and learner engagement.

Jacob Lewellen, director of the Speckman Tutoring and Learning Center, and his team will be honored during “BbWorld,” Blackboard’s annual user conference. This year’s conference will be held in July in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Catalyst Award winners represent some of today’s finest examples of leveraging technology to improve the education experience,” said Ray Henderson, chief technology officer and president of Academic Platforms at Blackboard. “Each winner has established best-in-field approaches in critical areas including online learning, course development, school communication and mobile education. We congratulate the winners on their vision and their excellent work, and we celebrate this accomplishment with them.”

Blackboard is a global leader in technology that improves the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online.

For a complete list of Blackboard Catalyst Award winners, visit


Mark Miller

College Director of Communication

Phone: 417.447.2655


Laura French

Coordinator of Public Information

Phone: 417.447.2659


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