Students, professors, administrators and community members filled the lobby area of the Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) Waynesville Center on Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of the new facility.
“It’s exciting to see a standing-room-only crowd here today and it’s especially exciting to be in this beautiful building,” said Dr. Hal Higdon, OTC Chancellor.
Higdon said that he was also happy to report the project was completed “on time and under budget.
The $5 million facility is 28,560 square feet, with 324 available parking spaces. It features 11 classrooms, four computer labs, two science labs, a student commons/lobby area, a study space and administrative offices.
“We are really proud of this facility,” Higdon said. “We felt like it was something that needed to happen.”
OTC expects a capacity of about 1,200 students at the new facility, where as the current Waynesville facility held about 400 students. The location also offers room for a 10,000 square foot expansion.
Larry Snyder, chairman of the OTC board of trustees, credited the City of Waynesville for helping make this facility possible.
“The City [of Waynesville] was tremendous in helping us make that decision,” he said. “They borrowed the money and we committed to paying them back over a 20-year period. That was probably the most help from any city we’ve been a part of.”
Classes began in the facility on Aug. 19. The new OTC campus will offer a two-year Associates of Arts degree, an Associates of Arts in teaching, an Associates of Applied Sciences and Early Childhood Development, and an Associates of Applied Science in Business and marketing degrees.