On April 3rd, the community will have the opportunity to vote for Proposition A and B. If approved, these propositions will give OTC an extra $3.3 million and allow the college to expand its programs.
If approved, OTC will continue to receive a .05 cent tax levy per $100,000 of assessed valuation through 2038, for the purpose of funding ongoing operation costs of the district, technical programs, and workforce development initiatives.
If approved, OTC will be authorized to impose a new .05 cent tax levy per $100,000 of assessed valuation through 2038, for the purpose of funding ongoing operation costs of the district, technical programs, and workforce development initiatives.
If both propositions pass, OTC has plans to install a brand new center for high tech training on its campus. The Center for Excellence for Advanced Technology and Manufacturing will significantly expand technical and allied health programs.
OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon spoke of the purpose of installing this new center saying, “We are going to put people in living-wage jobs. That is the big difference. We are a growing community. We have low unemployment but low wages. The best way to address that is these high-tech, middle-skill jobs.”
Low wages here in Southwest Missouri is certainly a reality. It is up to us to decide if giving OTC the ability to increase its technical programs with this new center is going to help alleviate the problem.