The dental hygiene program at Ozarks Technical Community College was singled out this week.
The OTC program, started in 2001, was a winner in the inaugural Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
The Springfield-based program will receive $50,000. Half of this award will be allocated for further program development. The other half will go to scholarships for students, who will be known as Siemens Technical Scholars.
“We are deeply honored by this recognition from the Aspen Institute and Siemens Foundation, and I believe this recognition is due largely in part to the collaborative, student-focused culture that exists within our dental programs,” said Rebecca Caceres, OTC Dental Hygiene program director, in a news release.
“The STEM Award will only further our students’ success by allowing us to invest in curriculum development, program enhancement and student scholarships.”
Only eight community college programs were recognized by the inaugural award for providing outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, health care and information technology.
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