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OTC Foundation receives $30K

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The Ozarks Technical Community College fundraising arm has received $30,000 from John Gentry, president and chairman of the board of Springfield-based Positronic Industries. Gentry also is a member of the OTC Foundation Board of Directors.

The funding was split into two pledges to be utilized by the OTC Foundation - half will go toward the school's middle college program and the other half will help fund the expansion of the Information Commons West building on the Springfield campus, according to a news release.

“The needs of our students are at the forefront of all of our fundraising efforts,” OTC President Hal Higdon said in the release. “Each of these pledges will directly benefit the students, whether by supporting those who are involved in a unique program or by helping to create much-needed additional classroom space.”

The OTC Middle College program is a partnership with Springfield Public Schools that allows some underperforming students to earn a high school diploma, receive college credits and learn career and technical skills. The students who are selected through an assessment/interview process can choose to participate in the college's early childhood development, medical services or diesel/automative technology programs, according to the OTC Web site.

The Information Commons West is set to undergo renovation starting in February, a $2 million project that will add 10 additional classrooms and three faculty offices, according to previous coverage.

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