Fort Leonard Wood community members will soon have access to more educational opportunities on the installation due to a new agreement with Ozarks Technical Community College. OTC and Fort Leonard Wood officials signed a memorandum of understanding Jan. 24, which gives the college approval to teach courses at the Truman Education Center on post.
OTC plans to offer emergency medical technician training on the installation this spring. Ultimately, college officials plan to expand these offerings to include computer information science, early childhood development, hearing instrument science and more.
“We’ve served military personnel for a long time at the OTC Waynesville Center, and we look forward to providing our service men and women with more accessible educational opportunities on (post),” said Hal Higdon, OTC chancellor.
With its close proximity to Fort Leonard Wood, a majority of Waynesville center students are active-duty military, veterans or dependents. Much like the center, OTC courses at Fort Leonard Wood will be open to all students, including civilians.
“The benefits of OTC on-boarding are many,” said Norris Johnson, Truman Education Center education services officer. “They offer affordable, quality education programs, provide academic and testing services, offer job placement services, facilitate grant applications and offer tutoring services on request. This is a win-win for both our military community and OTC.”
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. Classes are available at six locations throughout southwest Missouri, including the option to earn a complete associate degree online.
“OTC coming on the military installation as an on-post education provider increases the career path options for service members, family members and civilians,” Johnson said. “Additionally, those who do not choose to pursue academic degrees can instead elect to pursue programs which lead to national, industry-wide certifications.”
For more information on OTC and other educational institutions available on Fort Leonard Wood, call the Truman Education Center at 573.596.0172.