Ozarks Technical Community College celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015 to commemorate a critical step taken by voters on April 3, 1990, which approved the establishment of the Junior College District of Central Southwest Missouri.
As a result of the vote in 1990, Heart of the Ozarks Community Technical College was founded as the region’s first open admission, two-year community college with a focus on technical education. Students could earn a one-year certificate, two-year associate of applied science degree (A.A.S.) or associate of arts degree (A.A.).
In September 1991, with 1,198 credit-seeking college students, OTC opened its doors at 815 N. Sherman, which formerly housed the Graff Area Vocational Technical Center and would later become known as Lincoln Hall and Graff Hall. These buildings became the cornerstone of the newly established educational institution and the OTC Springfield campus.
In 1994, the college shortened its name to Ozarks Technical Community College. Two years later, the institution received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Community Colleges. Read more of OTC’s history here.