Innovation Celebration 2024

OTC’s Innovation Celebration rewards transformative thinking

The annual Innovation Celebration featured ideas to support student success and awards for Ozarks Technical Community College’s top employees.   OTC’s full-time employees gathered at the White River Conference Center to celebrate the college’s student-centered culture on Tuesday, Feb. 20.  At OTC, faculty and staff continuously create new ways to support students, improve on-campus life…

OTC’s bachelor’s degree enjoys dramatic growth in second year

Ozarks Technical Community College’s first bachelor’s degree program experienced dramatic growth in its second year. The bachelor’s in respiratory therapy debuted in January of 2023 with a handful of students, but when classes began for the Spring 2024 semester, the new program had 16 first-year students. “This year, we’ve had more time to attract students,…

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…

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.”  …

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…