Midland College • About Us
MC offers associate degrees, certificates, and workforce and continuing education opportunities in more than 50 programs of study and is one of only three community colleges in Texas approved to offer a bachelor’s degree. Every semester over 5,000 credit students attend MC at approximately one-third the cost of other Texas four-year public institutions. The college also offers a variety of community services, cultural and educational enrichment opportunities to the West Texas region.
The college began in 1972 and has a service area of five counties encompassing 12,008 square miles (about the size of the state of Maryland). According to 2012 census data, approximately 200,000 people reside within the five-county service area. The area includes Midland County and the remote counties of Crockett, Pecos, Regan 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 located in Fort Stockton, Texas, offers credit, developmental education and continuing education courses to the residents of rural Pecos County, 107 miles from Midland.
Unlike many community colleges, Midland College offers several higher education opportunities beyond the first two years of college. Upper-level degrees are offered through a variety of opportunities, including a baccalaureate degree offered by MC and partnerships with several major universities.
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. 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-level, and complement and enhance 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.
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. With 21st Century campuses, the college will empower students to achieve success. 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.
Williams Regional Technical Training Center
The Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC) of Fort Stockton is a full service extension campus of Midland College dedicated to serving the educational needs of the Fort Stockton community and surrounding region. The WRTTC is a 20,000 square foot facility featuring extensive classrooms, biology lab, nursing labs, computer labs, distance learning labs and more.
The WRTTC offers the first two years of college classes to transfer to a four year university and also offers technical workforce training certificates and associate degrees in various areas.
Midland College Advanced Technology Center
Cutting-edge facilities and equipment at Midland College’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC), located at 3200 W. Cuthbert in Midland, ensure that MC can meet area technology training needs.
The ATC 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.
The ATC houses more than 80,000 square feet of instructional space that features high-tech computer classrooms with high-speed Internet access, a multimedia teleconferencing classroom and the Elizabeth & Herb Blankenship Lecture Hall. Specialty laboratories at the ATC include welding, electronics, automotive technology and medical simulations labs. The Franz Weis Industrial Technology Training Center, with an exhibit honoring internationally known race car engine builder Franz Weis, is available for customized training and tours. The Workforce Continuing Education and Health Sciences Continuing Education departments offer short-term courses and training as needed by Permian Basin business and industry.
State-of-the-art equipment in all instructional areas provides students with “high-tech, high-touch” instruction and hands-on application of skills. The computer classrooms and labs are equipped with state-of-the-art systems and software that are used to train students in contemporary software applications, computer graphics and electronics. Computer applications and skills used by business and industry are taught in all instructional programs. A sophisticated computer network allows the ATC to accommodate 700+ computer workstations.
The ATC is a true community partnership involving the support of Midland-area educational, city, community and business leaders. The project partners have embraced a vision to pool collective resources to establish an innovative enterprise for the purpose of training versatile individuals for the workforce and the community.
Midland College Cogdell Learning Center
The purpose of the Cogdell Learning Center, located at 201 W. Florida in Midland, is to refer residents of south and east Midland to Midland College resources. Just as importantly, the center helps Midland College provide services needed by these residents. Current services provided include:
• Midland Need to Read provides adult literacy training free of charge.
• General Education Development (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered free of charge.
• Free assistance is offered to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to plan the college enrollment process. An on-site advisor is available to help students choose courses for their degree plan and register for Midland College classes.
• The Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) promotes economic development in Midland by assisting small businesses and new entrepreneurial ventures. Free counseling is available for preparing a business plan, starting a new business, purchasing or expanding an existing business, exploring financing options, and identifying additional business support.
• There is free access to a computer lab with Internet, educational software, career decision-making software and keyboarding tutorials.
• A community lecture hall features seating for 50, a symposium-interactive lectern and a wireless Internet environment for laptop computer use.
Midland College Petroleum Professional Development Center
Midland College’s Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC), located at 221 N. Main Street in Midland, was created through the consolidation of the Permian Basin Graduate Center and Midland College’s Petroleum Geotechnology Training Center. Housed in the Jack G. Elam Building in downtown Midland, the center is a state-of-the-art educational facility designed specifically for the regional energy industry.
The center provides unique programs developed for working geoscientists, engineers, landmen, accountants, field operations personnel and anyone working in energy-related fields. The center consistently offers industry updates — technological and otherwise — to working professionals.
The PPDC is one of only seven mid-career training centers worldwide recognized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).