Ozarks Technical Community College is preparing for a milestone anniversary by looking long-range into the future.
The College announced a new 20-year Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan for the Springfield campus ahead of their 30th Anniversary in 2020.
“On April 3 of 2020, the college will commemorate its 30-year anniversary. We have come a long way during those three decades,” OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon said in a statement. “This gives our college leadership confidence that OTC is on firm footing, and we have a plan to carry us through the school’s Golden Anniversary.”
The master plan includes a number of new structures, including two parking garages, one each on the north and west size of the campus, a “student life building” south of the Information Commons West and a life sciences building north of Chestnut Expressway west of Sherman Avenue.
The school says the reason for a “student life” building and other changes to commit to enhancing non-classroom life for students stems from a drop in the average age of OTC students. In 2014, the average age of an OTC student was 25 years old. In the last school year, it had dropped to 20 years old.
The parking garages will be part of the school’s plan to make the interior of the campus more pedestrian friendly and increase the school’s campus walkability. The school says that will be a major enhancement to vehicle and pedestrian safety.
The school is currently building the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, the only one in southwest Missouri, and say the facility is on schedule to be ready for the start of classes in the 2022-2023 term.