Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

Recent news and accomplishments of OTC students will be highlighted online regularly.  For previous features or more information, contact


OTC Fine Art Gallery to feature student work

The OTC Fine Art Gallery is proud to present the Student Showcase Fall Exhibition 2012!  An opening reception will be held in the gallery, located on the third floor of the historic Gillioz Theater complex in downtown Springfield, during First Friday ArtWalk on Friday, December 7, from 6-10 pm.

In addition to the art on display, this month's opening reception will also feature musical and theatrical performances from students in OTC's Fine Arts programs. 

The OTC Fine Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information contact Kat Allie at 417-447-8977,, or


OTC class holds disaster preparedness event

The students of OTC's "Society and the Modern Zombie" class hosted a Disaster Preparedness Event Friday, November 30, in the Information Commons Atrium.  Booths showcased student projects, including how to filter water, store food safely, make your own household cleaning supplies, prepare a bug-out bag for your home and car, make your own candles, use common household items for short-term survival, and much more.  As the Director of the Center for Disease Control points out, "If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse, you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack."

For photos of the event, visit OTC's Facebook page,


OTC Brings Home Awards from 48th Annual MCCA Convention

Representatives from Ozarks Technical Community College have returned from the 48th Annual Missouri Community College Association Convention with four awards in hand, including two for a pair of outstanding students. Held in November in Kansas City, the convention drew hundreds of faculty, staff, and administrators from the 12 community college systems across the state.

Two students were chosen for the Student Leadership Award:  Christina Polosky, a student at the OTC Richwood Valley Campus, and Fran Ferguson, a May 2012 graduate.  Polosky plans to graduate from OTC in December of 2012.  She has been involved in Phi Theta Kappa, and has served as a tutor at the OTC Richwood Valley Campus. After OTC, she plans to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a degree in Math.

Ferguson has also been involved with Phi Theta Kappa, as well as OTC's Student Government Association.  In the fall of 2013, Ms. Ferguson plans to attend Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where she will study psychology and communications.  After that, she plans to attend Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, to finish a master's degree and Ph.D. in positive psychology and leadership studies. 

The Missouri Community College Association is a professional education association designed to promote the growth and development of Missouri's community colleges and community college employees. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information, and networking opportunities in service of the state's 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.