OTC receives $2.2 million Labor Department grant

OTC receives $2.2 million Labor Department grant

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo - Ozarks Technical Community College was notified today by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's office that it has been awarded a $2,228,414 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The grant comes from the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program. It will be used for the Colleges Technology-Enabled Pathways in Healthcare program that supports innovative approaches to current and future workforce needs in the health services and sciences industry.

OTC will work with area employers as it develops hybrid opportunities in health services in addition to creating a Biomedical Equipment Technician focus in the Industrial Maintenance path that will lead to qualificationsfor repairing and maintaining medical equipment in health service institutions. The initiatives included in the grant are:

  • Creating hybrid classes for Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

  • Adding hybrid Biomedical Equipment Technician option to the Associates degree in Industrial Maintenance

  • Enhancing veterans services through evaluation for credit for prior learning

  • Expanding options to underserved counties in southwest Missouri, including Laclede and Taney counties

"We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Labor for providing OTC with the funds to further develop high demand Allied Health programs, said Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College. Enhancing these programs will provide more career opportunities for graduates to enter the health care industry.