OTC Receives $500,000 Donation to Manufacturing Center

Ozarks Technical Community College has announced a half million dollar donation to the school’s new Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

Emerson, a St. Louis based technology and engineering company, announced the donation in what the school hopes will be the first in a series of corporate donations to help fund $10 million of the $40 million facility.

“The next-generation of workers is vital for continuing to serve our customers with solutions and components for energy-efficient air-conditioning systems,” Keith Calhoun, director of operations for Emerson’s compressor manufacturing locations in Missouri, said in a statement. “We make millions of compressors in our Lebanon and Ava facilities every year, and we can only do that with the right workforce. That’s why this commitment from Emerson to OTC is right in our wheelhouse.”

The Center for Advanced Manufacturing is aimed at education in robotics, mechatronics, and automation. The building will also feature spaces where outside companies can come in to test new equipment with the help of OTC students.

“Emerson is a major player in the economic impact of this community. They are showing their appreciation to the community and their faith in OTC by investing in the CAM,” Hal Higdon, OTC chancellor, said in a statement.

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