HOLLISTER, Mo. — Work is currently underway on a major expansion project at the campus of OTC Table Rock, in Hollister.
The $1.9-million project is the result of Branson residents voting themselves into the college’s taxing district last April.
“We told the Branson residents, ‘if you will vote us into the taxing district, we’ll do this,’” says Davis.
“It’s so exciting for us,” he says. “We have this big beautiful building you can see from the road, but really, internally, we just had a handful of classrooms and now we’re going to be a full service operation.”
For the last two years, Davis says more than 30-percent of the building, including all of the fourth floor, has remained unfinished.
In just a few months, the college will have 12 new classrooms, new laboratories, a tutoring center and additional office space for faculty members.
“Then we have our learning center just across from that,” Davis says while giving KOLR10 a tour of the top floor. “So it will be a nice way for the students to engage with the faculty, right here.”
The expansion is expected to double the campus’ current capacity –- helping to draw in more students like Hollister resident, Anthony Hendrickson.
“It’s only like maybe 10-minutes away from my home,” says Hendrickson, “so it’s different from going up to Springfield or somewhere else.”
Hendrickson is currently enrolled at both OTC and Hollister High School.
“Essentially, if I make it all the way through the program, I’ll graduate with both a diploma and an associates degree,” he says.
The new expansion will also allow the Table Rock campus to add new programs such as an Associate of Science in Nursing.
“Right below us on the third floor,” Davis says, “[we will have] a large laboratory for that program.”
In some shape or form, all four floors will receive an upgrade during the project – putting the college in a better position to meet the needs of the community now and into the future.
“I would love to see us double from 600 [students] to 1200, in a year or two,” Davis says.
The project is expected to be complete by December of 2016.