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Ozarks Technical Community College officials cut the ribbon on the new Technical Education Center at its Table Rock Campus.
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Ozarks Technical Community College officials cut the ribbon on the new Technical Education Center at its Table Rock Campus.

OTC cuts ribbon on Table Rock campus expansion

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Last edited 1:14 p.m., Aug. 14, 2018

Ozarks Technical Community College officials yesterday cut the ribbon on an expansion at its Table Rock campus in Hollister.

The expansion that created the campus’ Technical Education Center coincides with OTC’s launch this month of construction technology, heating, refrigeration and air conditioning, and computer information science classes in Hollister, according to a news release and past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

The OTC Board of Trustees voted in October 2017 to enter a memorandum of understanding with the city of Hollister for 5.5 acres of land, including two buildings, north of the 9-acre Table Rock campus. Through the agreement, OTC signed a five-year lease and renovated a former Hollister Public Works building for the Technical Education Center.

School officials intend to purchase the acreage, which also includes a police station, at the end of the five-year lease, according to the release.

OTC spokesman Mark Miller said it cost $893,000 for the infill of the new Technical Education Center. OTC agreed to lease the building for $84,400 per year for five years, and at the end of the lease, to buy it and the land for $1.1 million, Miller said.

“The city of Hollister has been an outstanding partner to OTC from the very beginning,” said Cliff Davis, president of OTC’s Table Rock campus, in the release. “Its leaders understand the importance of investing in technical education, and the region’s economy will only continue to grow as we educate and train the next generation of workers.”

OTC’s fall classes start Aug. 20.

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