OTC shows off programs to Lt. Governor as it braces for budget cuts

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Tuition rate hikes and job freezes face the leaders at Ozarks Community Technical College because of state budget cuts.

Those leaders hope to make the case against the cuts to an important visitor Friday.

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson will visit the OTC campus and a building that houses some of the college’s manufacturing classes. Those classes will cost students more money because of budget cuts.

Educators say students will have to pay up to $10 extra per credit hour, and 19 jobs at the college will also go unfilled.

In total, OTC has to cut $1.4 million dollars if the proposed budget goes through. Parson’s visit comes in the middle of a legislative session,

Educators say they want him to see what they're losing with the cuts.
"We have the most first generation college students, the most low income college students and the most displaced workers who are coming back to get educated so when we cut community college funding, we're really cutting the most vulnerable people in our society who are working to help themselves and I think he's going to see that message today and not just hear it from us," said OTC spokesman Mark Miller.

The OTC stop is one of a half-dozen stops Parson will make in Springfield Friday. He’ll talk to local people about seniors and veteran’s issues, domestic violence, education and tourism.