Area Hospitals Value OTC
Holly Carpenter & Deneau Henry
St. John's and Cox Hospitals
Impacting Our Economy
Impacting Our Economy
- Over their working lifetimes, associate degree grads in the OTC service area earn
$381,300more than someone with a high school diploma
$168.6 millionAmount OTC alumni contribute in added income to the region every year
$211.8 millionOTC's yearly total economic impact on the College's service region
- College operations generate
$31.6 millionin net added income to the community
- Higher student income and associated effects on business productivity add
$58,400,000annually to the state's economy
- OTC students save Missouri
$2.9 millionper year from improved lifestyle behaviors and reduced welfare costs
Besides providing the region with an economic stimulus, Ozarks Technical Community College provides the region a well-trained, highly skilled workforce, especially in the field of Allied Health.
Both CoxHealth and St. John's Hospitals report using OTC as a main source to meet its nursing needs.
"We are facing a shortage of health care professionals and OTC continues to be responsive to our community's needs. It's very satisfying to work with them on things such as scholarships and program development to meet those needs," said Robert Bezanson, president and chief executive officer of CoxHealth.
The feeling is the same at St. John's Hospital.
"OTC helps fill the nursing needs we have with their well-trained graduates that come from an outstanding Allied Health program. Their program makes a difference in our ability to deliver high quality care to our patients," said Jon Swope, St. John's Health System president / CEO.
The skills of OTC alumni translate into higher earning for them and increased output of businesses, according to a recent economic impact study on OTC. The added income from alumni in the workforce, including Allied Health, is $168.6 million a year.
"About 98 percent of all hires in St. John's Respiratory Care are OTC graduates. Their lab and program is excellent and students come out ready to go because they are trained on the exact equipment we use. St. John's is grateful to have such a great training ground for our future hires," said Jim Pattinson, St. John's Respiratory Care director.
Deneau Henry, who left a 20-year career in retail to become a Registered Nurse through the OTC nursing program, said she constantly talks to others about her OTC experience.
"I'm always talking up OTC. The faculty was outstanding and I was really prepared for working here," she said.
Tregg Geren, director of nursing at St. John's, said OTC is becoming well known for the quality of nurses it graduates.
"I can tell you that the OTC program has gained a positive reputation for producing high-quality nurses. I think the level of performance I have seen speaks to the quality of the OTC nursing program," he said.
Mary Braun, director of nursing at CoxHealth, said the nursing candidates graduating from OTC are impressive.
"The Practical Nursing graduates from OTC are high-quality candidates. I am continually impressed by the graduates' high degree of professionalism -- this is one of the key attributes we are looking for in our nursing staff," she said.
Holly Carpenter, a nurse in St. John's neurosurgical unit and an OTC nursing graduate, said the quality of the program was outstanding.
"I was so prepared to take this job thanks to the training and education I received. I have nothing but good things to say about OTC," she said.