Honors Program

OTC Honors Program

The OTC Honors Program is designed for high achieving students who want more out of their college experience.  Through the program, students are encouraged to embrace a lifestyle of learning and investigation, expand their experiences and opportunities, and seek out excellence and success both inside and outside of the classroom.  The OTC Honors Program is more than just taking great honors courses; it is about connection with other honors students and faculty, opportunities to explore and create, and elevating your appetite for learning and personal growth. 

To complete the OTC Honors Program, students must successfully complete a minimum of 5 Honors designated courses, dedicate a minimum of 25 hours of service with a single non-profit entity and write a minimum 3 page paper on the experience to be presented at an OTC Honors Orientation Session.  In addition, students must complete a minimum of 5 hours of campus service per semester (Fall/Spring) with student organizations or at volunteer events of their choice), and maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

The Honors Program is a dedicated academic program of study designed to promote academic excellence in OTC students.  The program offers degree tracks in General Education, Allied Health and Technical Education allowing students to complete their desired Associates Degree with distinction from the Honors Program. 

Benefits of the OTC Honors Program:

  • Receive Associate's Degree with Honors Program Distinction, shown on transcript and diploma.
  • Transfer of Honors Credits into many University Honors Colleges.
  • Scholarship opportunities, dedicated academic advising and priority class registration.
  • Smaller class sizes for Honors Courses and an engaging learning community of high achieving students and selected faculty.
  • Commencement acknowledgement of Honors Program completion.
  • Unique workshop, conference, special event and travel opportunities.

Goals of the OTC Honors Program:

  • Encourage critical thinking through curriculum that requires analysis, interpretation, synthesis, and problem solving.
  • Provide an enriched and innovative program of study to students who demonstrate a motivated and inquiring attitude toward education.
  • Foster team building, collaboration, and leadership through the skillful use of communication.
  • Promote responsible and challenging actions for the common good as active, engaged citizens.
  • Build a network of academic and community resources.


Honors Program Important Links

Honors Program Contact Information

 Honors Program Director

 Todd Yerby
 Springfield Campus  
 Information Commons East 352  Office: 417-447-8229
 1001 E.Chestnut Expressway  Fax: 417-447-8249
 Springfield, MO 65803  Email: honors@otc.edu