Fall classes begin with 15,212 students enrolled

Fall classes begin with 15,212 students enrolled

Monday, August 22, 2011

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Mark Miller
College Director of Communication 417.447.2655 millerm@otc.edu
Laura French
Coordinator of Public Information 417.447.2659 frenchl@otc.edu

With fall classes beginning today, enrollment at Ozarks Technical Community College has increased once again.  A total of 15,212 students are enrolled this semester, 8.8 percent more than the fall of 2010.

"Our student population continues to grow because we continue to offer what the citizens of southwest Missouri need," explained Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College.  "With the opening of our new facility in Lebanon and our new classrooms in Springfield, we are working hard to provide the classes and study spaces our students need to succeed."

The breakout of enrollment among Ozarks Technical Community College's six locations is as follows:

Campus/Education Center Students Percent Growth
OTC Springfield Campus 10,281 6.2 percent
OTC Richwood Valley Campus 1,293 7.3 percent
OTC Lebanon Center 658 7.6 percent
OTC Branson Center 502 8.8 percent
OTC Waynesville Center 410 20.9 percent
OTC Online 2,068 15.9 percent
                                          Total 15,212 8.8 percent

However, a total of 4,709 students are taking at least one online class.  The College has offered online classes for several years, but demand has increased exponentially since OTC made it possible for students to earn a complete Associates degree online.