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OTC Honors Program

Do you ever want more out of your education? Are you tired of the same classes taught the same way? The same experiences as everyone else? The same results: a great GPA but not a lot more to show for it? Anthropologist Roger Lewin once said that, "Too often students are given answers to remember, rather than problems to solve."  If you want more out of your education, more out of your life, more out of your college experience, then you should join the Ozarks Technical Community College 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. 

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.


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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