OTC breaks ground for Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Table Rock Campus

OTC breaks ground for Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Table Rock Campus

Thursday, October 27, 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

Ozarks Technical Community College will soon begin construction on the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center at its new Table Rock Campus, thanks to a significant seven-figure gift from the Robert W. Plaster Foundation. The gift, along with the design and floor plans for the Center, was announced this morning at the College’s groundbreaking ceremony in Hollister.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Plaster Foundation, and we appreciate the investment that they have chosen to make in OTC,” said Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College.  “This gift will make it possible for OTC to open our new campus with a four-story, state-of-the-art facility.  The Table Rock Campus will be fully equipped to train and educate the citizens of Stone and Taney Counties from day one.”

OTC purchased a total of 8.25 acres located between Highways 65 and 165, including the former Crockey’s Restaurant, in December of 2010.  In addition to the purchased land, the City of Hollister donated a contiguous .83 acres, bringing the total land now owned by the College to 9.08 acres.  The empty restaurant was demolished and the land cleaned for construction over the summer.

Citizens in the Hollister School District voted to join the Ozarks Technical Community College district in April of 2010.  Among other community benefits, joining the OTC district allows Hollister residents to pay the in-district tuition at the College, which is significantly lower than the cost for students living outside of the district. 

Located at 10698 Historic Highway 165 in Hollister, the campus will open its doors to students in the fall of 2013.