From the President to Parents
As you consider college choices, my hunch is you are feeling a keen sense of stewardship. Not only do you want your child to spend your money wisely, you want them to spend their lives wisely. The college your child attends will shape their thinking, values, friendships, skills and vocational direction, and you know your guidance will play a part in their choice. That is a significant stewardship. You want to be sure you give the best advice you can.
It is our hope that the Parent’s portion of the website will give you a feel for some of the distinctives of Ozark Christian College, such as:
Our focused vision.
The mission here at OCC is to train men and women for Christian service. We try to do that one thing well. Like a kingdom West Point, we are dedicated solely to training leaders for the spiritual battle.
Our Scriptural foundation.
Our degree programs certainly include general education and practical studies, but the core of our curriculum remains the Biblical component. We believe God’s Word gives our students the best preparation for life and ministry.
Our international influence.
At first glance, our 95 acres in Joplin, Missouri may not look like a global crossroads, but it really is. Last semester, we had 16 countries represented in our student body. Our graduates, serving now in over 50 countries, often return to campus, giving our students an international education right here in the heartland.
Our personal approach.
While we pursue academic excellence without apology, we also recognize that discipleship happens best "life-on-life." You will find that our college family—from professors and residence hall directors to coaches and maintenance personnel—takes the time to invest personally in our students. Often it is what happens outside the classroom that takes a college experience from good to great.
Our desire with these Parent pages on the web site is to help you help your child. We know it is a precious stewardship to shape the direction of your child’s one and only life, and if there is any way we can assist you, please let us know. Prayerfully consider trusting Ozark with the education and further discipleship of your child. Wherever God leads you, we pray He will give you His wisdom, peace and joy as you follow Him.