OTC’s Republic Center Officially Opens

Ozarks Technical Community College officially opened their Republic, Missouri facility with a gala grand opening attended by community partners and state legislators.

The new 30,000 square foot facility stands on almost 7.7 acres of land on the west side of Republic. The land for the center was donated to the college in 2015 by the Bussey, Cox, and Lipscomb families.

“It was an easy decision for the family to donate land to OTC,” Larry Lipscomb said in a statement. “The college is vital to the economic growth of southwest Missouri, and the new Republic center will play a major role in educating the next generation of workers.” 

OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon lead the ceremony for the opening where he thanked the three families for their donation, and those in attendance for their continued support of the school.

“The OTC Republic Center stands as a result of the support we’ve received from our donors and statewide elected officials,” Higdon said. “Now, our life-changing educational programs are even more accessible to our students living to the west of Springfield.” 

The OTC Republic Center will begin holding classes on August 24 in eight state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, science labs, a student common area, testing center, and writing area. Over 100 students have registered for classes at the center for the inaugural session. The center is built to handle up to 1,200 students.

The $7.3 million cost for the center included multiple funding sources and donations, including:

  • $1.25 million from the State of Missouri
  • $250,000 from the Sunderland Foundation
  • $2.3 million interest-free loan from the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program via Webster County Electric

The completion of the Republic Center fulfills the second goal in the second initiative of OTC’s strategic plan. The next facility scheduled to be built is the Center for Advanced Manufacturing, located on the Springfield campus, and should begin construction in the fall.

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