Spring classes begin with more than 11,000 students enrolled

Spring classes begin with more than 11,000 students enrolled

Monday, January 11, 2010

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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.  A total of 11,379 students are enrolled this semester, 14.3 percent more than the spring of 2009.  Enrollment is up by more than 11 percent at the Springfield campus, with 7,901 students taking classes this spring.  Online enrollment continues to grow dramatically:  a total of 3,637 students are taking at least one class online.  The number of students taking the majority of their courses online has increased to 1,406, up almost 33 percent from last spring.

“People continue to see the community college as a path toward employment and a better life,” explained Dr. Hal Higdon, president of Ozarks Technical Community College.  “While this mass migration to our college causes further strain on our parking, study space, classroom space and college services, we are continuing to put every effort into meeting the needs of our students.”

The Richwood Valley campus has 915 students enrolled, an increase of nearly 19 percent.  The Lebanon Education Center is up by more than 18 percent, with 414 students enrolled.  The College’s Branson Education Center is serving 354 students this semester, up nearly 16 percent from last spring, and the Waynesville Education Center is showing an increase of more than 59 percent, with 175 students enrolled.