Learning to Teach


Markie Aldridge

Associate of Arts in Teaching

Richwood Valley Campus

Richwood Valley Campus

  • Opened in January 2007 with 521 students enrolled
  • Fall 2010 enrollment: 1,203
  • The campus offers 91 different course subjects
  • 70,000 total square feet
  • There are 14 classrooms, six computer labs, five science labs and two Allied Health labs
  • Built in 2009, the FEMA storm shelter has 9,842 square feet
  • The campus is located on the site of the small community and school of Richwood, which existed from 1870-1930
Richwood Valley Campus

Markie Aldridge's love of children is the top reason she wants to be a schoolteacher.

Markie is a student at Ozarks Technical Community College's Richwood Valley campus and will earn her Associate of Arts in Teaching degree this spring before transferring to Drury University to complete her studies.

"I love kids. That's the main reason I'm going into teaching in the elementary area. While I am teaching, I would love to start working on my Masters degree and then maybe one day come back and teach at OTC," Markie says.

Picking OTC as her college of choice was easy. "From the time I walked through the door, I was greeted with a smile and someone willing to help me. I had no idea what I wanted to become and most definitely had no idea of what classes to take," Markie says.

Markie is also impressed with the faculty and the intimate class size.

"The faculty and staff are always friendly and outgoing. The smaller class sizes are amazing. I feel like I really get to know my teacher and fellow students as well," Markie says.

Markie says the Richwood Valley campus is one of the best in the region to attend.

"While it is a small campus, it provides the benefits and facilities of a much larger college. I always recommend OTC to my friends. I know quite a few people from my hometown of Bradleyville and the surrounding areas who have attended or are attending OTC. They love it here, too," Markie says.

"I was greeted with a smile and someone willing to help me."