OTC Opens Agriculture Training Center

Ozarks Technical Community College’s agricultural programs have a new home after the grand opening of the Agriculture Training Center on the Richwood Valley Campus.

The school’s agricultural offerings had been previously based at the urban Springfield campus.

“If you’ve been to our Springfield campus, you’ve probably noticed that it’s located in a fairly urban setting,” Dr. Hal Higdon, OTC chancellor, said in a statement. “Here at Richwood Valley, there is more space to improve and enhance the experience for the students who wish to pursue careers in agriculture or turf and landscape.”

The Richwood Valley Campus, located between Ozark and Nixa on Highway 14, has 82 acres with woods and a natural spring.

The $2.1 million project gives the school 8,000 square feet in the Center, including a 2,400 square foot greenhouse.

OTC officials credited area taxpayers with helping them be able to open the facility and expand opportunities to area students.

“This move would not have been possible without taxpayers saying yes to a tax levy increase in 2018,” OTC Board of Trustees Chair Jennifer Kennally said in a statement. “When we asked for an additional nickel of property tax, we said we would move our agriculture programs here to Richwood Valley. This is progress as promised, and it’s a big win for our students.”