City of Springfield

Plans are to relocate the portion of Central Street that goes through the OTC campus.

Andrew Flippin, a professional engineer with the City of Springfield, said OTC has been acquiring property north of campus over the last decade for future expansion.  He said that plays into the plans for re-routing Central.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, in one of his first stops since delivering the State of the State Address on Wednesday, talked about efforts to keep tuition affordable.  During the press conference at OTC’s Springfield campus, Nixon said the community college continues to play a vital role in the educational and economic strength of the region.

According to Nixon, the best economic tool our state has is education.  And, he said that’s why he’s taking steps to keep tuition down.

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The Jared Atrium at Ozarks Technical Community College was the site of one of today 's ceremonies honoring veterans.  The OTC Choir performed, the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard presented the colors and the featured speaker was Retired Army Colonel and local attorney David Appleby.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky brings us this sound portrait.

Ceremonies were also held on the OTC Richwood Valley Campus and at OTC's Waynesville Center.

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Nearly 61 percent of voters in Taney County said yes to the Branson School District joining Ozarks Technical Community College.

That means that OTC tuition for Branson students, which is now considered in-district, will be reduced to $95 per credit hour. In turn, the owner of a $100,000 home in Branson will pay an additional $36 per year.

The annexation of the Branson School District also allows OTC to expand its number of course offerings, according to OTC Table Rock Campus President Cliff Davis.


The OTC Foundation, the fundraising arm of Ozarks Technical Community College, has received a donation of 7.69 acres of land in Republic, Mo.  The land is located south of U.S. 60 in west Republic near the Christian County line.  According to OTC, "this seven-figure, in-kind gift was made possible by one of the Lester E. Cox companies consisting of the Bussey, Cox and Lipscomb families."