Ozarks Technical Community College

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Ozarks Technical Community College
Ozarks Technical Community College Logo.jpg
Established April 3, 1990
Type Community College
President Dr. Hal H. Higdon[1]
Location Springfield, MO, USA
Colors Blue and White
Mascot Eagles
Website www.otc.edu

Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) is a community college in Springfield, Missouri, established by Springfield and thirteen surrounding public school districts on April 3, 1990.[2] Students can earn a one-year certificate, two-year Associate of Applied Science degree (A.S.) or Associate of Arts degree (A.A.). In 1996, OTC received accreditation from the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In Spring 2007, OTC received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to deliver all of its degree programs online. The college had a fall 2013 enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. The college upholds a core-set of values that include accessibility, diversity, community, integrity, learning, innovation, respect, personal growth and quality opportunity.

OTC Mission Statement: to provide accessible, high quality and affordable learning opportunities that transform lives and strengthen the communities we serve.

OTC Vision Statement: to serve communities by expanding opportunities for personal and professional growth through our commitment to excellence and innovation.

History[edit]

Residents of Springfield and 13 surrounding public school districts voted to establish a "community technical college” on April 3, 1990. As the region's new comprehensive community college, Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) provided an open admission, two-year college with a focus on technical education.

In September 1991 – with 1,198 college credit students – OTC opened its doors at Cox Medical Center North and at Lincoln Hall and Graff Hall (facilities that formerly housed the Graff Area Vocational Technical Center). These two buildings became the cornerstone of the first OTC campus. Since 1991, more than 200,000 citizens of southwest Missouri have taken advantage of one or more of the college's educational services.

Ozarks Technical Community College received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools on its first attempt in 1996. In February 2001, OTC was given a ten-year reaccreditation from the North Central Association.

Enrollment grew at an annual compound rate of 13.3 percent between 1991 and 2009. The Norman K. Myers Technical Education Center opened in 1997, the Information Commons and Information Commons East opened in 1998-1999, and the Industry and Transportation Technology Center opened in 2000.

Renovation of OTC’s historic Lincoln Hall was completed in 2001, after the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in May 2000. The Information Commons West opened in 2002 and a newly renovated Graff Hall reopened in the fall of 2003.

OTC Richwood Valley Campus opened in the spring of 2007. Named for the historic area where the campus now stands, OTC Richwood Valley is located on Highway 14 between the cities of Ozark and Nixa.

The college's growth continued in the fall of 2007, when its fine arts programs moved to the third floor of the Jim D. Morris Building, in the historic Gillioz Theater complex in downtown Springfield. Later that fall, the Center for Workforce Development expanded into a new location just west of the OTC Springfield Campus.

In 2008, the OTC Waynesville Center moved to a new 10,000-square-foot facility in the Townfield Plaza Center in Waynesville, Missouri. OTC also assumed the operation of the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Gibson Technical Center in Reeds Spring, Missouri.

In February of 2011, the North Central Association granted OTC another ten-year reaccreditation. That summer, OTC became the Ozarks Technical Community College system, a transition that put the institution in a better position for future growth and expansion plans.

In the fall of 2011, the OTC Lebanon Center moved into new facilities donated by Reuben and Mary Lou Casey. OTC also began construction on its third full-service campus, the OTC Table Rock Campus in Hollister, Missouri. In the spring of 2012, construction began on a new home for the OTC Waynesville Center. The OTC Table Rock Campus and OTC Waynesville Center opened in the fall of 2013.

Academics[edit]

View a full list of OTC programs HERE.

Technical Education Programs - provide certificates, associate degrees and short-term programs that enable students to pursue or advance their education.

General Education - provide courses which lead to Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Arts degrees that transfer to four-year universities.

Developmental Education - provide courses which improve basic education, reading, writing, mathematics and study skills.

Customized Training - provide training to address specific needs of area businesses and industries to further economic development in the region.

Continuing Education and Community Service - provide a variety of non-credit courses and lifelong learning opportunities, which are responsive to the needs of the region.

Student Services - provide services to assist students in fulfilling their educational goals including orientation, assessment, advisement, financial aid, personal and career counseling, job placement, accommodation services for students with disabilities, a library and fitness center.

Vocational Education[edit]

Beginning its life as Graff Vocational School, OTC continues to offer courses to High School students allowing them to earn college credit prior to graduation.

Center for Workforce Development[edit]

The Center for Workforce Development addresses the ever changing needs of the Springfield workforce. Included is the Transport Training Institute[3]

OTC Foundation[edit]

The OTC Foundation was established in 1995 to help meet the growing needs of the College by identifying and mobilizing broad-based regional sources and resources. Recognizing the diverse educational objectives that comprise the OTC mission and its primary focus on job skill education and training, the Foundation strives to develop an expanding financial support network for the College and its students.

The OTC Foundation is the fund-raising arm of the college, raising private funds necessary to ensure we are able to offer students and the OTC community a college that's focused on their success.[4]

Campus[edit]

Springfield (Main) Campus[edit]

Student organizations and groups[edit]

OTC offers a over twenty clubs covering wide range interests including:

  • Baptist Student Union (BSU)
  • B.E.S.T.
  • Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
  • Christian Campus House
  • Computer Programmers and Users Society (CPU)
  • Criminal Justice Society
  • Dental Assisting (DAS)
  • Dental Hygiene (DHY)
  • El Club de Espanol (SPN)
  • Equality - OTC's Gay/Straight Alliance
  • Honors Society
  • Hospitality/Culinary Student Association (HCSA)
  • International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
  • Jazz Club
  • Society for Occupational Therapy Assistants (SOTA)
  • OTC College Republicans
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Physical Therapy Association (PTA)
  • PLANET
  • Respiratory Therapy Association (RTA)
  • Secular Students of OTC
  • Sensational Singers
  • Society for the Awareness of the Natural Environment (SANE)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
  • Student-Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA)
  • Student Nurse Association (SNA)
  • Surgical Technology
  • Veterans at OTC (VOTC)

Student Government Association (SGA)[edit]

SkillsUSA[edit]

Main article: SkillsUSA

OTC students (both secondary and post secondary) participate in the SkillsUSA competition every year. Students brought home six gold medals in 2009.[5]

Athletics[edit]

OTC does not offer athletics in the traditional sense, however numerous intramural teams exist.

Notable alumni[edit]

Phil Robinson (Audio Engineer for Kenny Chesney) [6]

References[edit]

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