Actively engage the community and external groups to best meet the educational and workforce needs of OTC’s service area.


Emerson, a global technology and engineering company based in St. Louis, pledged $500,000 to Ozarks Technical Community College’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM). OTC and Emerson have had a relationship for years. Currently, Emerson employs 32 OTC graduates, and more are pursuing their degrees from the college. In addition to providing facilities for OTC technical education programs, CAM will feature space for companies like Emerson to conduct research and develop new processes and equipment. As CAM’s first six-figure gift, this will build the foundation for public support of the project as the college begins construction in fall 2020.
OTCs Hal Higdon and Emersons Keith Calhoun


Goal #1: Maintain alignment between the college’s operations and area workforce needs to provide graduates with rewarding employment outcomes that strengthen our community.

Key Deliverables:
  • Conduct an annual skills gap analysis evaluating area employment needs, future trends and current graduate production.
  • Identify opportunities to expand high-demand programs based on area needs.
  • Continue to actively engage advisory groups for all career and technical programs to ensure alignment of training with industry needs.
  • Survey area employers annually to assess community needs and satisfaction with OTC graduates hired (where applicable).
  • Ensure that employability skills are integrated into every student’s education and evaluate methods of documenting employability skill outcomes.

Goal #2: Develop partnerships with area employers, school districts, universities and organizations to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for the OTC service area.

Key Deliverables:
  • Identify opportunities to create or expand school district partnerships to increase the number of area high school students who have access to OTC training or educational opportunities.
  • Work with area employers who offer tuition reimbursement programs to provide their employees with access to low-cost, high-quality education that is relevant to their job.
  • Provide training programs to meet the occupational continuing education requirements of area employers.
  • Increase productive apprenticeship and internship opportunities for OTC students, aligned with workforce needs.
  • Conduct outreach with area homeschool families and organizations to provide their students with an effective path to educational opportunities at OTC.
  • Collaborate with area universities to develop effective transfer pathways for OTC students and follow up to evaluate student performance after transferring.

Goal #3: Continue a high level of engagement with the community so that OTC can keep informed on community needs and provide awareness of OTC services.

Key Deliverables:
  • Maintain an annual presence at well-attended community events to provide area residents with convenient opportunities to share feedback.
  • Identify opportunities to allow residents and community groups to tour OTC locations and receive information on the services and opportunities provided by the college.
  • Develop a volunteer program to provide qualified area residents with the opportunity to engage with the college and support students through efforts like tutoring.
  • Pursue outreach efforts, including on-campus events, for area middle and high school students to inform them of available career educational opportunities and resources such as the A+ program.

Goal #4: Improve the college’s fiscal sustainability and capacity to meet community needs through increased external funding.

Key Deliverables:
  • Increase private support of the college through the OTC Foundation endowment and donor base.
  • Secure external grants and contract funding to support the college’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Creation and maintenance of a project priority list by every division for use in identification of external funding opportunities.
  • Maximize net revenue from ancillary and auxiliary funding sources to support college operations.
  • Engage with the community, legislature and state government to maintain awareness of OTC’s fiscal needs and outcomes provided.



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