A Dream from California

A Dream from California



America's most famous highway -- Route 66 -- connects the Missouri town of Lebanon with the
Golden State of California. But there is another Lebanon-California connection that will live on for
generations, just as the renowned roadway has.

Reuben and Mary Lou Casey of San Clemente, Calif., made a generous donation of property and
buildings worth $2.6 million to Ozarks Technical Community College. It is the largest gift in the
College's history, which will be used to expand and enhance the educational offerings to residents
in Laclede County.

Their reason for making OTC the recipient of their philanthropy was simple -- it felt right.

After hearing OTC's proposal on what it would do with the 70,000 square feet of space contained
in two buildings and the 13 acres of land, the Caseys decided the College would be the best fit for
their Lebanon property.

"We're a firm believer in community colleges. OTC really wanted it. They were enthusiastic about it
and that's why we chose them. So, it was a good fit," the Caseys say.

The buildings contain the same space as a typical supermarket and will allow OTC to offer expanded
classes and services long into the future.

"There are many community colleges that don't have that much space on their entire main campus. This
gift will allow us to expand our offerings in Lebanon in both credit and workforce development programs,"
says Dr. Hal Higdon, president of Ozarks Technical Community College.

"As demand for education in the Lebanon area has continued to increase, we have encountered physical
space issues. We look forward to having the necessary facilities to meet the community's needs."

Cliff Davis, vice president for Advancement and executive director of the OTC Foundation,
says the impact of the Caseys' donation to the College will be widespread.

"The positive impact of the gift will be felt by students, employees and the community," Davis says.

The Caseys and their son all attended community colleges and giving back to a community college was
important to them.

"That was our whole focus. We wanted to help people who live in that that area. It allows OTC to offer
more educational opportunities," they say.