OTC receives the MCCA Technology Innovation Award

OTC receives the MCCA Technology Innovation Award

Friday, January 31, 2014

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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

George Lamelza, college director of web services at Ozarks Technical Community College, was recognized by the Missouri Community College Association for his innovative website design at a ceremony held in St. Louis in late 2013.

Mr. Lamelza and Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College, received the association's Technology Innovation Award, which is presented annually to a Missouri community college in recognition of a project that makes exemplary use of technology.

OTC's newly redesigned website is a radical departure from the average college or university site, which often features photos, headlines, horizontal and vertical menus, and other tools. The OTC homepage has small navigation bars at the top of the page and a large search box in the middle of the screen.

The design was based on nearly five years of analytical studies, usability testing and a student-centered strategy of making information easy to find, use and disseminate. The new site garnered national attention and has become a highly used tool by students, faculty, staff and community members.