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Nearly 61 percent of voters in Taney County said yes to the Branson School District joining Ozarks Technical Community College.

That means that OTC tuition for Branson students, which is now considered in-district, will be reduced to $95 per credit hour. In turn, the owner of a $100,000 home in Branson will pay an additional $36 per year.

The annexation of the Branson School District also allows OTC to expand its number of course offerings, according to OTC Table Rock Campus President Cliff Davis.


The OTC Foundation, the fundraising arm of Ozarks Technical Community College, has received a donation of 7.69 acres of land in Republic, Mo.  The land is located south of U.S. 60 in west Republic near the Christian County line.  According to OTC, "this seven-figure, in-kind gift was made possible by one of the Lester E. Cox companies consisting of the Bussey, Cox and Lipscomb families."


The Missouri Community College Association honored the late Special Agent Sgt. Joseph M. Peters with its Distinguished Alumni Award at a ceremony in Branson Thursday. 

The Sgt. Peters earned a certificate in electronic media production from Ozarks Technical Community College and went on to serve in the US Army in the Criminal Investigations Division.  He was assigned to the Fifth Military Police Battalion in Vincennes, Italy.


Missouri Community Colleges are being told by education officials that the state might reduce reimbursements for the A+ scholarship program.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

The program gives high school graduates who meet certain criteria, reimbursements for two years of classes at a community college in the state.

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Another community organization has a lifesaving device ready to go if it's needed.  AED Solutions, a program of Ozarks Technical Community College, presented Crosslines with an automatic external defibrillator or AED.  Crosslines, a food pantry run by Council of Churches of the Ozarks, requested the device from AED Solutions to provide emergency support to its clients, volunteers and staff.   AED's can help when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest.  A heart's normal rhythm can be restored with an electric shock delivered by an AED.   Crosslines director Tom Faulkner said they serve appro