Ozarks Technical Community College has acquired a national reputation for
academic and technological innovation, excellence and service, and is committed to
shaping the future of manufacturing.

The Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing will be dedicated
to serving as the regional hub for all advanced manufacturing and technology-related education and training.

A skilled and well-trained workforce is the lifeblood of a community and it is vital
that OTC be prepared to train and support the talent pipeline. This responsive
center will provide a skilled workforce for existing employers and help attract new
manufacturing businesses to the region. The center’s innovative footprint will include:

  • Specialized hands-on learning environments
  • Customizable simulation training centers
  • Custom business solutions
  • Business incubation test centers
  • Short- and long-term training opportunities
  • Industry partner space

Consider a gift today to become a champion of OTC students and the advanced manufacturing programs that will lead us into the future.


The Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing is a $40 million transformative investment that will have a $431 million impact on the economy in ten years. It will be made possible through the resourceful combination of public financing and philanthropic investment from generous supporters.

Voters in OTC’s taxing district made the decision in April 2018 to invest in the Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing by approving a five cent property tax increase. OTC is building on this with a capital campaign led by the OTC Foundation.

Now is the time to invest in the future of southwest Missouri and inspire our students and local industry with a spectacular new space where they will collaborate, create, and dream—space that optimizes processes, integrates emerging technologies and discovers next-generation capabilities.


“Multi-Craft values the high-quality education and training OTC will provide to the local workforce and is committed to serving as a business and industry partner.”

Greg Herren, General Manager, Multi-Craft Contractors, Inc.

“OTC’s Robert W. Plaster Center for Advanced Manufacturing is an opportunity for Southwest Missouri to change the landscape of its regional economy. AmProd values the opportunity to be a key partner in this important work.”

Bill Hammitt, President, COO, AmProd Holdings

“Students are starting to make the connection that advanced manufacturing is not only a path to a meaningful, well-paying job, but to the restoration of their communities and their environment.”

Joe Reynolds, President, Central States Industrial