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Ozarks Technical Community College is getting more money to provide free job training and employment opportunities to people who receive food stamps.

The $231,730 is coming from SkillUP Missouri, a program piloted by the Missouri Community College Association, The Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division and University of Missouri Extension. It’s part of the United States Department of Agriculture Family Nutrition Services' Supplement Nutrition Assistance program.


Ozarks Technical Community College is working to develop and revise its strategic plan to reflect education and training needs of southwest Missouri, and it wants to know what the public thinks.  OTC will host a series of public listening sessions this month and next where community members are invited to provide feedback on key issues and new opportunities for growth, according to a news release.

"As the community’s college, we want to know how we can further serve our students and continue to meet the region’s workforce needs,” said OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon.

OTC Planning to Construct New Building

Jun 28, 2017
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For the first time in nearly 10 years, Ozarks Technical Community College will build a new facility on its Springfield campus.

Officials are looking to add a new 21,600 square foot facility at a cost of $2.6 million.

The idea for a new facility came about a year ago. That’s according to Mark Miller, the college’s director of communications.

“We worked with the City of Springfield to reroute Central Street so it kind of goes around to the north of our campus here in Springfield.”


Tuition for some students at Ozarks Technical Community College next school year will go up. The OTC Board of Trustees unanimously approved the tuition increases Monday.

The cost for general education courses will go up $10 a credit hour while technical courses will see a $2 per credit hour increase.

OTC Chancellor Dr. Hal Higdon said the school has already had its state funding cut by $1.2 million.  He says the tuition increases were necessary to make up for an expected $1.4 million cut in state funding in the next school year.

OTC Table Rock Campus
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A new partnership will benefit students in the Hollister area wishing to go into healthcare as well as area healthcare providers.  KSMU's Bart Anders has more.

Incoming OTC students attending the Table Rock Campus will have a new program to choose from in the fall of 2017. OTC partnered with CoxHealth to establish an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program at the Hollister, Missouri college.