Tuition for some students at Ozarks Technical Community College next school year will go up. The OTC Board of Trustees unanimously approved the tuition increases Monday.

The cost for general education courses will go up $10 a credit hour while technical courses will see a $2 per credit hour increase.

OTC Chancellor Dr. Hal Higdon said the school has already had its state funding cut by $1.2 million.  He says the tuition increases were necessary to make up for an expected $1.4 million cut in state funding in the next school year.

OTC Table Rock Campus
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A new partnership will benefit students in the Hollister area wishing to go into healthcare as well as area healthcare providers.  KSMU's Bart Anders has more.

Incoming OTC students attending the Table Rock Campus will have a new program to choose from in the fall of 2017. OTC partnered with CoxHealth to establish an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program at the Hollister, Missouri college.

City of Springfield

Plans are to relocate the portion of Central Street that goes through the OTC campus.

Andrew Flippin, a professional engineer with the City of Springfield, said OTC has been acquiring property north of campus over the last decade for future expansion.  He said that plays into the plans for re-routing Central.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, in one of his first stops since delivering the State of the State Address on Wednesday, talked about efforts to keep tuition affordable.  During the press conference at OTC’s Springfield campus, Nixon said the community college continues to play a vital role in the educational and economic strength of the region.

According to Nixon, the best economic tool our state has is education.  And, he said that’s why he’s taking steps to keep tuition down.

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The Jared Atrium at Ozarks Technical Community College was the site of one of today 's ceremonies honoring veterans.  The OTC Choir performed, the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard presented the colors and the featured speaker was Retired Army Colonel and local attorney David Appleby.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky brings us this sound portrait.

Ceremonies were also held on the OTC Richwood Valley Campus and at OTC's Waynesville Center.