Ozarks Technical Community College

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Missouri State University-West Plains will have a new chancellor as of June 1.

The new chancellor is no stranger to higher education in the Ozarks. Dr. Shirley Lawler will take over the position following the retirement of outgoing chancellor, Dr. Drew Bennett.

Lawler will be the first woman to lead the Missouri State University-West Plains campus, according to a release from MSU.

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The line worker training program , which will debut this fall at Ozarks Technical Community College Lebanon Center, will lead to an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Distribution Systems. 

Local electric companies, private donors and the college partnered to develop the curriculum and secure needed equipment.    

OTC Chancellor Dr. Hal Higdon said this is another example of how the college aligns its degrees and curriculum with community and industry needs. 

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Voters in several school districts across Southwest Missouri will decide two property tax issues for Ozarks Technical Community College Tuesday.

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The Dental Hygiene program at Ozarks Technical Community College is the recipient of .the inaugural Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award, presented by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation.

The program’s director, Rebecca Caceres, said only 10 percent of colleges nationwide were invited to apply.

"So, it's an outstanding recognition for not only the program but OTC," Caceres said.

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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.

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