Spring classes begin with 7 percent increase in enrollment

Spring classes begin with 7 percent increase in enrollment

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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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 spring classes beginning today, enrollment at Ozarks Technical Community College has increased once again.  The total enrollment across the College’s six locations has increased by 7.0 percent from the spring of 2011.

“Even as enrollment continues to increase year after year, our state financial support continues to erode,” explained Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College.  “The state funding situation must be addressed, because we cannot continue to provide the programs, services and facilities our students need under the current state funding situation.”

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

Campus/Education Center Students Percent Growth
OTC Springfield Campus 9,465 5.3 percent
OTC Richwood Valley Campus 1,145 4.5 percent
OTC Lebanon Center 633 17.4 percent
OTC Branson Center 457 11.7 percent
OTC Waynesville Center 374 23.4 percent
OTC Online 2,075 10.0 percent
                                                Total 14,149 7.0 percent

 

However, a total of 4,151 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.