Ozarks Technical Community College

Kristina Bridges-Templeton

Ozarks Technical Community College was recently recognized as one of the nation’s Top 100 Associate Degree Programs by Community College Week, appearing on more lists than any other college in Missouri. KSMU’s Anna Thomas reports.

Out of about 1,000 community colleges nationwide, OTC ranked 36 for associate degrees awarded. The college has increased its number of associate degrees awarded by 43 percent in the last year.

Shannon Bowers

Colleges in Springfield are experiencing fluctuating amounts of students enrolled in summer courses from past years due to several factors, including a better economy. KSMU's Taylor Brim has more.

To date, Missouri State University is the only higher learning institution in Springfield with an increase in student enrollment for the summer. On opening day of summer classes, there was a 4.8% increase in student head count from 2013. Andrew Wright, the Director of Admissions at Missouri State, attributes this to the growing catalog of online classes Missouri State provides.

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On April 23, five colleges and universities in the Springfield area will kick off a new initiative to help men graduate from college. The initiative, Bridge Springfield – Brother to Brother, is a partnership between Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical Community College, Drury University, Evangel University and Southwest Baptist University.

The kickoff meeting is at 7 p.m. April 23 in Meyer Library.

Francine Pratt, chapter adviser, discusses the goals of Brother to Brother.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) Friday touted the recently-approved Senate solution to student loan interest rates during stops in Springfield and Hollister. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more.

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