WAYNESVILLE – Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) will open a new OTC Waynesville Center facility in August, a modernized campus that will bring new educational opportunities to the area.
For more than two years, Vice Chancellor for OTC's Administrative Services Rob Rector and college architect Harlan Hill have spent countless hours on the construction work in Waynesville and Hollister, Mo., the most aggressive projects since OTC founded the Springfield campus in 1990.
In addition to the Waynesville Center, the College has also been working on major in-fill work at the OTC Lebanon Center, which will also be finished this summer, as well as a new building in Hollister.
Between them, Rector and Hill have driven tens of thousands of miles from Springfield to Hollister, Lebanon and Waynesville twice a week since the project began. Rector has headed the projects for nearly three years and Hill has been on board for 18 months.
"It has been quite the challenge, but fortunately the professionalism of the contractor and design team for each project has kept my job manageable," Hill said.
The Waynesville center has a new one-story building with more than 28,500 square feet, and features 11 classrooms and computer labs, two science labs, a student commons and lobby area, a quiet study space, and administrative offices.
Rector said when the project is finished, it will mark the first time in the five years he's been at OTC that there hasn't been a major construction project upcoming or in progress.
Hill said it might take some time to adjust before jumping into work on the College's master plan.
"I have been running at a high level of attention and awareness for quite awhile," Hill said. "I will most likely go into a sense of neutral while the RPMs are still racing until I get the green light for the next project."
*The Ozarks Technical Community College system offers associate degrees and certificates in a variety of technical, allied health, and two-year transfer degree programs, as well as workforce development opportunities and community enrichment courses. Classes are available at six locations throughout southwest Missouri, including the option to earn a complete associate degree online.