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Schedule an Appointment / Connect with OTC Advising

To connect with an OTC Academic Advisor, please select your student status below:

Information & Registration Assistance Sessions

Are you looking for general information on OTC programs, admissions, and financial aid? Would you like additional guidance on completing the registration and payment plan process? Sign up for a group session!

General Information Session

This session will provide a general overview of programs of study offered at OTC, the admissions process, financial aid, and tips for college success. Both students and parents/student supporters are encouraged to attend.

To attend an upcoming session, please complete the General Information Session Sign Up.

Registration Help Session

Do you know which courses you want to take at OTC, but need help with the technical aspect of how to register through myOTC? This session will provide students with instruction on how to register for classes and set up a payment plan. This session will not provide individualized academic advising for those who need assistance with degree planning.

Note: All first-time students must complete a STAR or Distance Advising prior to registering for classes. If you have not completed this requirement, please do so before signing up for a registration session.

To attend an upcoming session, please complete the Registration Help Session Sign Up.

Connect with Transfer Advising

Students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending OTC should contact a transfer advisor with that school. A transfer advisor will be able to provide advisement on what degree and courses to complete at OTC. To connect with a transfer advisor, please see below.

Missouri State University
Donna Rebmann

Drury University
Tranna Shaughnessy

Other College or University
We suggest contacting the school’s admissions office for assistance with locating a transfer advisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Distance Advising

What is Distance Advising?

Distance Advising is the online alternative to the Student Advising and Registration (STAR) seminar. Distance Advising is delivered through OTC’s online learning system called Canvas. Distance Advising is self-paced and students are required to work through seven steps and have their course plans reviewed by an Academic Advisor before being released to register for their first semester at OTC.

Is Distance Advising required?

Student Advising and Registration (STAR) is required for students who have never attended college. It is also strongly recommended for students transferring to OTC.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on-campus, seated STAR seminars are not being scheduled. During this time, students will complete their STAR requirement through the online alternative called ‘Distance Advising.’

Do I have to complete Distance Advising if I already completed STAR?

No. If you have already attended an on-campus Student Advising and Registration (STAR) seminar, you do not need to complete Distance Advising.

If you are required to complete Distance Advising prior to registering, you will see a notification in myOTC. This notification will say ‘Complete Student Advising & Registration (STAR) before registering for classes.’

How do I start Distance Advising?

Before enrolling in Distance Advising you must apply to OTC and have an active myOTC account. Once you have an active account, you can self-enroll in Distance Advising by visiting the link below. If you are not already signed in to Canvas, you will be prompted to do so. Once enrolled in Distance Advising, you will work your way through each of the seven steps.

Distance Advising Self-Enrollment

Please be aware, you must use Chrome or Firefox to access Canvas and the Distance Advising course.

What do I do if I encounter a problem while completing Distance Advising?

Please email DistanceAdvising@otc.edu from your OTC student email.

Preparing for Your Advising Appointment

How should I prepare for my advising appointment?

To make the most of your upcoming advising appointment, we suggest doing the following prior to your appointment:

  • Ensure you know how to log in to your myOTC account
  • Consider your educational and career goals
  • Review your degree audit within the ‘Student Planning’ section of myOTC
  • Plan your next semester courses in the ‘Student Planning’ section of myOTC
  • Create a list of questions you would like to ask the Academic Advisor

What documents do I need for my advising appointment?

If you are participating in Zoom advising, you will need to have a photo ID. The advisor will ask you to show your photo ID before accessing your student account information.

For email, telephone, and Zoom advising, you will need

  • Your myOTC login information
  • Access to your OTC student email
  • Access to your degree audit
  • A list of courses you would like to take next semester
  • A list of questions you would like to ask the advisor
  • Paper and pen for taking notes

How long is an advising appointment?

The length of your advising appointment will depend on your specific advising needs. Zoom and telephone advising appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes. To make the most of your advising appointment, we suggest taking actions to prepare. Please review the ‘how should I prepare for my advising appointment’ drop down for more information.

Email Advising

Who do I contact for email advising?

Students are encouraged to contact advising@otc.edu for assistance. Please be sure to send your email from your OTC student account. OTC is unable to provide account specific information to anyone emailing from a personal email account.

Phone Advising

What do I do when it's time for my advising appointment?

When scheduling your telephone advising appointment you will be asked to provide your phone number. At the time of your appointment, an Academic Advisor will call you at this number. Please be aware that the call may say ‘Private Number’ or ‘No Caller ID.’ Be prepared to answer a few identifying questions at the start of your conversation. Answering these questions will allow the Academic Advisor to access your student account and provide you with more personalized advising information.

What information can I discuss during phone advising?

You can discuss the same information you would during an in-person advising meeting. As long as your advisor is able to verify your identity, together you will be able to discuss things like:

  • Your educational and career goals
  • Your degree audit
  • Course planning
  • OTC resources
  • OTC polices
  • Transfer resources (if applicable)

Zoom Advising

What is Zoom?

Zoom allows you to connect live with others via virtual web conferencing. During a Zoom advising session you will be able to see and talk to an OTC Academic Advisor in real time.

How do I join a Zoom advising meeting?

When you schedule your advising appointment you will be provided with a Zoom meeting link.

Connecting on a Laptop or Desktop Computer

Click the Zoom link provided when you set up your advising appointment and follow the instructions. It’s best if your computer has a webcam, microphone, and speakers (most laptops and some desktops have these built-in), but if you don’t have these things, try joining by mobile phone or tablet.

Connecting on a Mobile Phone or Tablet

Click the Zoom link provided when you set up your advising appointment. You will be prompted to download the free Zoom mobile app. Follow the instructions and you’ll be connected to your Zoom session.

Video Tutorial for Joining a Zoom Meeting

For a video tutorial on joining a Zoom meeting, please visit the Zoom YouTube channel.

What information can I discuss during Zoom advising?

You can discuss the same information you would during an in-person advising meeting. As long as your Academic Advisor is able to verify your identity, together you will be able to discuss things like:

  • Your educational and career goals
  • Your degree audit
  • Course planning
  • OTC resources
  • OTC polices
  • Transfer resources (if applicable)

What do I do if I have technical difficulties during Zoom advising?

If your ZOOM session is in progress and you’re having difficulty hearing or seeing what is going on, use the type chat feature within ZOOM to let your advisor know what is going on. If you’ve determined that the issue is on your end, don’t spend too much time troubleshooting if you have other equipment to switch to. For example, if you are on a laptop or desktop computer and have a smartphone or tablet, switch to another device.

Tip: log in to your session 15 minutes early to make sure your technology is working. Most sessions will be available in advance to test your connection.

If you are still having difficulties, here are additional troubleshooting steps you can take:

If you still can’t troubleshoot the issue on your own, call the Helpdesk at 417-447-7548 or email helpdesk@otc.edu

Advising Resources

How do I use myOTC to register for classes?

For step-by-step guidance on using myOTC to register for classes, please see the ‘myOTC Guides’ tab of the Academic Advising Student Resources website. Guides include:

Additionally, the Academic Advising Student Resources website includes video tours of myOTC.

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