OTC unveils three new technical programs on the Table Rock campus

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Three new technical programs will soon be available on the Table Rock campus of Ozarks Technical Community College.

OTC officials said on Wednesday that students will be able to enroll in programs – building technology, computing and heating, refrigeration and air conditioning – starting in the 2018-19 year.

The campus, opened in 2013, currently offers transfer and nursing degrees.

“We promised the towns of Branson and Hollister that we plan to become a comprehensive community college offering general education, paramedic education and technical education,” said Cliff Davis, president of OTC’s Table Rock campus. “This is the first wave. There is more to come.”

In early October, the OTC board of directors unanimously agreed to make a pact with the town of Hollister to secure 5.5 acres and two buildings along Missouri 165, just north of the existing campus of 9 acres.

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It currently houses the city’s public works offices, the police department and a small park and gazebo. OTC plans to use a building in the near future and over time take over the remaining structure and area.

“When the Branson School District voted to join the CTO Tax District in the spring of 2015, the college promised that we would bring vocational and technical training to the Table Rock campus,” CTO Chancellor Hal said. Higdon, in a press release. “These new programs for the Table Rock campus are the college that keeps its promise.”

OTC hopes to announce more programs on campus by early fall 2019.

Davis said Matt Hudson, dean of technical education at the OTC, and Robert Griffith, dean of academic and student affairs at the Table Rock campus, had met with business and industry leaders in the counties of Stone and de Taney to help them determine which tech programs to prioritize next fall.

Back to the first three programs selected:

  • Construction Technology – Students learn a wide range of skills that prepare them for entry-level construction jobs. The program teaches students everything from framing and roofing to flooring and foundations. The degree is recognized by Associated General Contractors of America.
  • Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning – Students are exposed to technically advanced equipment to prepare them for work in the HVAC industry after graduation. Classes include refrigerants and refrigerant handling, residential heating and air conditioning, and air handling.
  • Computer Information Science – Students learn to develop computer applications in the business environment of local industries using current programming languages, database programming, and other development tools. Courses include website development, software engineering, and computer programming.

Davis said the programs will be open to high school and college students.

“We will partner with Branson High School and Hollister High School and they will send students to these programs,” he said.


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