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Midland College

Midland College (MC), known as “Your College,” is focused on providing higher education, community services and cultural enrichment to the Midland community. MC offers a rich and exciting range of opportunities and services, as well as a quality educational experience that is both affordable and comfortable. Every semester, over 5,000 credit students attend MC — considered to be one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation — at approximately one-third the cost of other Texas four-year public institutions.

MC has been serving Midland and the surrounding region for over 40 years. During that time, Midland College has made an indelible mark on the community. The college has a service area of five counties encompassing 12,008 square miles. According to 2012 census data, approximately 200,000 people reside within the five-county service area. The area includes Midland County and the counties of Crockett, Pecos, Reagan and Terrell.

In addition to offering courses in a traditional classroom environment at the main campus, MC provides educational opportunities through online offerings and interactive television. The college’s Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC), located in Fort Stockton, Texas, offers credit, developmental education and continuing education courses to the residents of rural Pecos County, 107 miles southwest of Midland.

Academics

Midland College provides students one-on-one interaction with top faculty in an environment that stresses student accomplishment above all else. The average class at MC has just 29 students, so students receive lots of personalized attention from accomplished faculty members. The Midland College Honors Program offers additional opportunities for academically talented students, including the chance to take courses for honors credit, work one-on-one with an instructor in their area of interest, go on special field trips, and transfer to an honors program at a four-year college or university.

Midland College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award certificates as well as associate and bachelor’s degrees. MC’s five instructional divisions (social/ behavioral sciences and business, applied technology, health sciences, math and science, and fine arts and communications) provide the academic breadth of a much larger institution with the close family atmosphere of a private college. Associate degrees and certificates are offered in more than 50 programs of study. Courses in the college’s academic programs transfer easily to four-year universities throughout the nation. MC’s career and technical programs provide the skills necessary to enjoy a successful career.

MC is also one of only three community colleges in Texas approved to offer a bachelor’s degree. MC’s Bachelor of Applied Technology degree in Organizational Management is designed to broaden career opportunities for Associate of Applied Science graduates and better their chances for promotion to supervisory positions. This unique program is intended for students who have completed Associate of Applied Science coursework requirements in areas related to business, health care, information systems, public service and most technical trades.

The college’s University Center offers students multiple options for completing their education. Programs and courses are offered by Texas Tech University, Sul Ross State University and Western Governors University. These programs and courses are taught at the junior, senior and graduate levels and complement MC’s offerings. MC’s baccalaureate degree and the University Center partnerships enable students to complete upper-level degrees without leaving the Midland College campus.

Modern Facilities

Midland College has invested more than $40 million in new construction and campus renovation projects since 2006. One of the most recently completed projects is the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College, which provides future health care specialists the opportunity to work in a mock hospital setting. This innovative facility is equipped with the Laerdal Company’s SimMan and SimBaby mannequins, a Gaumard Noelle birthing simulator, and a variety of recording devices and health care equipment used for training students in their roles as health care professionals.

The MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC) is located approximately three miles from the main campus at 3200 W. Cuthbert. The ATC features cutting-edge facilities and equipment. It is a unique educational venture involving Midland College, the Midland Independent School District, the Midland Chamber of Commerce and a number of community organizations. The ATC is designed to deliver workforce education programs to support the development of a skilled technical workforce for the area, allowing students to earn high school diplomas, college certificates and Associate of Applied Science degrees. The facility also enables Midland area residents to further enhance their technical skills through industry-recognized certifications and other continuing education opportunities.

Another off-campus facility is the Cogdell Learning Center. Located at 201 W. Florida, the center provides free community services such as the Midland Need to Read program, GED classes, ESL (English as a Second Language) tutoring, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) assistance, and computer lab access. An on-site adviser is available to help students choose courses for their degree plan and register for Midland College classes. MC’s Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC), also located in this facility, promotes economic development in Midland by assisting small business and new entrepreneurial ventures. The BDEC is equipped to offer assistance with preparing a business plan, starting a new business, purchasing or expanding an existing business, exploring financing options, and identifying additional business support.

The Midland College Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC), located on the corner of Illinois and Main streets in downtown Midland, was created through the consolidation of the Permian Basin Graduate Center and MC’s Petroleum Geotechnology Training Center. The center provides quality continuing education for the Permian Basin energy industries. It is one of seven mid-career training centers worldwide recognized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Seminars and course offerings are designed to keep oil and gas industry professionals current in their areas of expertise. Many of the classes qualify for the re-certification credits that engineers, geologists, CPAs and petroleum landmen use to maintain their professional certification status.

Scholarships

The Midland College Financial Aid Office works closely with students to eliminate the financial barriers associated with seeking a degree. The office provides information about loans, grants and the hundreds of scholarships that MC offers to help make college more affordable.

Of particular interest is the Legacy Scholarship — a collaborative funding partnership among Abell-Hanger Foundation, the Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust, the Chaparral Foundation and the Scharbauer Foundation. The Legacy Scholarship provides over $2,000 per eligible Midland County high school graduate each year. To be eligible, students must graduate from high school or complete their GED in Midland County, maintain a 2.75 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale, complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service each academic year, and attend a special Legacy Scholar orientation meeting.

Student Life

Midland College offers students the opportunity to live on campus while tending to their studies. O’Shaughnessy Hall, Nadine & Tom Craddick Hall, and David E. Daniel Hall offer semi-private suites for single students. The Family Housing Units offer apartment-style units for students with children.

The Student Activities Office provides co-curricular activities and support to students who are seeking to make the most of their college experience. Student government, clubs and organizations, and all other student-related activities operate through this office. Annual events include Club Fair, Halloween parties, canned food drives, Homecoming events and Casino Night, just to name a few.

Midland College is a member of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference and offers scholarship athletic programs in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, women’s softball, men’s golf, and women’s volleyball. Intramural sports also offer students the opportunity to participate in their favorite sports during leisure time or in competitive tournaments. Intramural activities include flag football, basketball, volleyball, tennis and other activities requested by students.

Cultural Enrichment

Those in search of cultural enrichment opportunities will find plenty to love at Midland College. MC offers live world-class performances, cultural programs, lectures, art exhibits and other special events to students and the entire Midland community.

Live performances sponsored by the Phyllis and Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series have included noted acts such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Garrison Keillor, Dave Barry and Marvin Hamlisch. The amazing performances are provided at no cost as a way to encourage Midland’s tradition of excellence in the arts.

The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series has featured globally acclaimed speakers such as Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Fareed Zakaria, John Updike, Bill Moyers, Sandra Day O’Connor and Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson. The notable lectures offered to members of MC’s Permian Basin Energy Leaders (PBEL) group have included local oil and gas legends such as Jim Henry and Clayton Williams. These lectures are also free to students and any interested community members.

Vision, Mission and Values

Upon establishment, Midland College embraced the core values of faith, knowledge, truth, understanding and wisdom, as evidenced by the college seal. The college’s values now also include quality, diversity, continuous enrichment, effective learning, academic freedom, stewardship, collaboration and accountability. MC’s vision is to be West Texas’ premier learner-centered institution, offering programs and services that support and inspire student learning and community enrichment.

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