Ozarks Technical Community College

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Roughly 68 percent of the nation’s community college students test into noncredit developmental educational courses, requiring extra preparation to be ready for college level courses.  Ozarks Technical Community College reports that 53 percent of its freshmen population were placed in at least one developmental course for the 2014-2015 school year.  A pilot based upon similar programs across the country launched this year seeks to increase the success rate for students. 


Students at Ozarks Technical Community College who live in and close to Springfield will see a tuition increase of $3 per credit hour this coming fall.

The measure was approved Tuesday by the OTC Board of Trustees.

Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor of OTC, says there are two main reasons for this increase.

“Number one, increased costs, number two, we continue not to be funded adequately by the state of Missouri,” Higdon says.

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Voters in Taney County will decide three proposals on April 7th dealing with education.   

One question asks whether the Branson School District should become a part of and be annexed to Ozarks Technical Community College.

Cliff Davis, president of the OTC Table Rock Campus, explains that a vote “yes” will reduce OTC  tuition for Branson students.

If the proposition passes, residents of the Branson School District can attend OTC at $95 per credit hour, as opposed to the out of district rate of $142 per hour.

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In an effort to expand opportunities and allow students to stay close to home, Ozarks Technical Community College and Missouri State University announced a partnership Thursday at OTC’s Table Rock Campus.  This partnership will allow students to be able to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in communications  or English with an emphasis on professional writing at the Hollister campus.