Richwood Valley enrollment growth continues

Richwood Valley enrollment growth continues

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By Steve Koehler

 Enrollment at the Richwood Valley campus of Ozarks Technical Community Center continues to grow at a steady pace.

 The campus, now in its third full year, has seen a 28.6 percent increase in enrollment over last fall, with almost 1,100 student currently taking classes.

 “The large jump in enrollment can be attributed to several factors including convenience, the addition of two allied health programs, and the economy,” said Stephen Biermann, administrative dean of the Richwood Valley campus.

“Christian County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state of Missouri and many area students, including those living in southeast Springfield, have found Richwood Valley to be closer to home than the Springfield campus.  Many students also find smaller class size, easy access to parking, and quick service in our Student Services area to be a big benefit.”

Some additions and changes have helped attract more students to the Christian County campus.

 New additions to the Richwood Valley course offerings include two allied health programs, Medical Lab Technician and Physical Therapy Assistant.  Both of these courses of study are now available only at this location.  

 A collaboration with Drury University also allows Business and Education majors the opportunity to earn a 4-year degree in either of these disciplines at the Richwood Valley campus.
 
The addition of a new walking trail and a nearly complete FEMA storm shelter also benefits our neighbors.  Both of these features are designated for public use and benefit the surrounding community.

  Richwood Valley serves as a prime example of how residents will respond positively if the education facility is located nearby.

 “If residents can attend college locally, limit spending on transportation, and still have the time to work and care for their families, they are more likely to seek and accomplish their educational goals,” said Dr. Sue Moore, OTC’s dean of Extended Campuses and College Outreach.

 Overall, enrollment at OTC’s two campuses and three education centers is up nearly 16 percent.

 “As we have continued to grow as an institution, our student population has also grown, and we are working hard to meet the needs of each student,” said Dr. Hal Higdon, president of the College.

 “However, with state funding continuing to diminish, there is little we can do to alleviate our physical capacity issues, particularly at the Springfield campus.”

 Steve Koehler is coordinator of publications at Ozarks Technical Community College.