Ozarks Technical Community College

Mark Miller
Sarah Teague / KSMU

Ozarks Technical Community College will use a $1.3 million grant to assist veterans in Greene County. Funding from the Veterans Upward Bound Program was announced Friday on the eve of Veterans Day.

OTC plans to use the grant for 125 veterans each year for the next five years. The funding will provide financial aid and academic advisement, benefit counseling and referral to community resources.

OTC Table Rock Campus
Kristina Bridges-Templeton

Three more technical degree programs are available next fall for students enrolled at Ozarks Technical Community College Table Rock Campus.

The school in Hollister announced Wednesday it has added Construction Technology, Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and Computer Information Science to its offerings.

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."

OTC Foundation

Ozarks Technical Community College says its Foundation raised $18 million in a recent campaign aimed at funding several capital projects.

It helps renovate Hamra Library, creates a new Jared Family Welcome Center for prospective students, and an outdoor classroom at the Lewis Family Early Childhood Education Center.

In a news release, OTC says funding will also allow expansion of the Diesel Technology training facility at its Springfield campus. This will triple the size of training space and increases program enrollment capacity by 45 percent.   

Dr. Hal Higdon
Submitted Photo / OTC

The chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College is this year’s recipient of the Missourian Award. Dr. Hal Higdon will be formally acknowledged at a ceremony next month.

The Missourian Award — established in 1994 by Mr. Ralph Slavens — honors outstanding Missourians who have made widespread contributions to the state through civic, business, arts or political work. Honorees are selected by nomination and chosen by a committee of past recipients.

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