A Giving Company
A Giving Company
When Glenn Larson gives back to a community, he does it in a big way.
Mr. Larson, owner of Peterbilt of Springfield, Inc., recently donated trucks and financial support to Ozarks Technical
Peterbilt gave the OTC Foundation a gift of two diesel tractors, valued at $59,000, for the College's Transport
Training Institute, which trains commercial truck drivers for immediate job placement.
In addition, Mr. Larson, who has a daughter attending OTC at the Richwood Valley campus, pledged $100,000 to
endow the Larson Family Scholarship, designed to help students in need of financial assistance.
"The trucks will provide valuable hands-on opportunities for the students in the Transport Training Institute and the
endowed scholarship will help countless students for years to come pay for their education," says Dr. Hal Higdon,
president of Ozarks Technical Community College.
The quality of the transport program and its graduates impressed Mr. Larson enough to get involved.
"OTC has a good program and we like to help anyway we can. We know the college's program and we're happy
with the students we've recruited," Mr. Larson says.
The Transport Training Institute is a unique program developed by OTC's Center for Workforce Development in partnership
with leaders in the southwest Missouri truck driving industry. The institute, which is headquartered at the former Price Cutter
Park in Ozark, has produced more than 130 commercial truck drivers since its inception in April of 2007.
"We will continue to recruit from OTC. The College's students are our future," Mr. Larson says.
And thanks to Mr. Larson's gifts to the institution and the OTC Foundation, the future remains very bright.