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STRATEGIC INITIATIVE TWO

Increase and sustain the college’s physical and online capacity to ensure every citizen in OTC’s service area has an opportunity to access college services.

PROGRESS HIGHLIGHT:

INCREASE ONLINE COURSE SUPPORT
The Center for Academic Innovation switched into high gear as they helped faculty transition to fully online learning in spring 2020. Students and faculty transitioned from the seated classroom to virtual classroom to maintain academic continuity and finish out the spring semester. Students and faculty had to quickly learn an array of new instructional technology—such as Canvas and Zoom. In under three weeks 3,765 OTC students with no prior OTC Online course enrollments transitioned from seated classes to “distance learning” during the pandemic and global shutdowns. Of those, 3,611 remained active in their courses. It was thanks to the quick adoption of educational technologies, the hard work of faculty and staff, the flexibility of administration, and the dedication of our students that made it possible for learning to resume allowing OTC students to successfully complete the spring 2020 semester
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GOALS AND DELIVERABLES

Goal #1: Add technical training facilities and programs to meet community needs for retaining and attracting manufacturing firms.

Key Deliverables:
  • Construction of a Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Technology to allow for the addition of new programs in the field of advanced manufacturing and training space to meet the needs of area employers.
  • Centralization of technical education programs in Springfield into a single building allowing for an integrated approach to training.
  • Relocation of the agriculture program to the Richwood Valley Campus to allow for improved facilities and alignment with emerging regional needs.
  • Expansion of technical education programs at the Table Rock Campus to meet the training needs of area employers and school districts.
  • Annual survey of area manufacturers to evaluate their needs and satisfaction with OTC training opportunities.

Goal #2: Evaluate physical facility capacity and usage system-wide to ensure that OTC’s service area needs are being met.

Key Deliverables:
  • Completion of a new facility master plan for the OTC system.
  • Construction of an educational center using donated land in Republic to improve educational access for the western portion of the OTC service area.
  • Annual review of service area population trends, high school and OTC enrollment to ensure that the college has the physical capacity to meet community needs.
  • Evaluate classroom utilization across the OTC system to maximize the number of students served with existing classrooms and identify opportunities for classroom redesign to improve student learning.
  • Continue the relocation of parking at the Springfield campus outside of the campus core to improve pedestrian access and safety, analyze parking demand as part of master planning process and evaluate external funding opportunities to improve parking and access to alternative transportation.

Goal #3: Modernize and maintain the college’s information technology infrastructure to support college operations.

Key Deliverables:
  • Evaluation of existing software and hardware to identify opportunities for cost-savings and improved services.
  • Annual assessment of information technology life-cycle and needs.
  • Reduction of deferred maintenance costs through modernization efforts and maintenance of equipment within operational life-cycle.
  • Development of a capital budgeting process to link life-cycle assessment and budgeting processes.
  • Annual survey assessment of employee information technology needs and satisfaction.

Goal #4: Improve the ability of OTC Online to meet increasing online student demand.

Key Deliverables:
  • Increase support services and technology resources for students taking online courses at each OTC location to promote educational access and success.
  • Assess the different support needs of online students to ensure that OTC provides it at times and formats that work for these students; develop a support structure based on online best practices such as intrusive advising and mentorship models.
  • Evaluate online instructional design and delivery to identify and share practices that support student success in online courses.
  • Improve information on online course experience and expectations for students during the onboarding process to help in their course selection decisions and in preparing for success.
  • Identify opportunities to expand allied health capacity using a hybrid approach to course delivery.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVE TWO WORKGROUP

CHAIR

Blayne Radford

GOAL LEADS

GOAL #1

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GOAL #2

Danny Gutirrez

GOAL #3

Eric Kyle

GOAL #4

Dr. Julie Coltharp

MEMBERS

Dave Esping
Dr. Matt Hudson
Marla Moody
Rob Rector
Dr. Sherry Taylor
Melissa Wittmer
Kaylyn Martin
Danelle Maxwell
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David Hale
Matt Harris
Dr. Gavin O’Connor
Donna Pritchard
Raymond Wade
Scott Walker
Niki Wallen
Danny Gutirrez