Michele Skalicky

A new study finds that Ozarks Technical Community College has a total impact of $234 million in its 12-county service area.

The economic impact study also found that the present value of higher future earnings that OTC students will receive over their working careers is $357 million. 

Matt Morrow, president of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, said the study confirms "what intuitively most of us understand and know already, which is that successful communities are built on strong foundations."

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Ozarks Technical Community College is teaming up with the Associated General Contractors of Missouri to form a student chapter.

One of the main goals behind the new student organization is to provide more networking opportunities for construction students.

"They're going to start seeing more contractors in front of them saying I'm hiring and this is what I'm looking for," said Justin Frese, who teaches construction technology at OTC.

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Ozarks Technical Community College is getting more money to provide free job training and employment opportunities to people who receive food stamps.

The $231,730 is coming from SkillUP Missouri, a program piloted by the Missouri Community College Association, The Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division and University of Missouri Extension. It’s part of the United States Department of Agriculture Family Nutrition Services' Supplement Nutrition Assistance program.


Ozarks Technical Community College is working to develop and revise its strategic plan to reflect education and training needs of southwest Missouri, and it wants to know what the public thinks.  OTC will host a series of public listening sessions this month and next where community members are invited to provide feedback on key issues and new opportunities for growth, according to a news release.

"As the community’s college, we want to know how we can further serve our students and continue to meet the region’s workforce needs,” said OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon.

OTC Planning to Construct New Building

Jun 28, 2017
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For the first time in nearly 10 years, Ozarks Technical Community College will build a new facility on its Springfield campus.

Officials are looking to add a new 21,600 square foot facility at a cost of $2.6 million.

The idea for a new facility came about a year ago. That’s according to Mark Miller, the college’s director of communications.

“We worked with the City of Springfield to reroute Central Street so it kind of goes around to the north of our campus here in Springfield.”