Working at Midland College
Midland College (MC), is a comprehensive public community college providing higher education, skills development, continuing education, community services and cultural enrichment to the Midland community. With online, hybrid and traditional face-to-face classes, Midland College provides the flexibility students need to complete their academic and career goals. MC is especially suited to helping students adapt to a changing labor market by being able to quickly provide training required by business and industry. The College often partners with local businesses and expeditiously develops continuing education courses in response to industry needs.
The main campus is situated in central Midland on over 200 acres and offers a range of academic programs, student services and activities, residence halls and dining services. Other Midland locations include the Advanced Technology Center, a state-of-the-art facility focusing on introductory health sciences, applied technology and workforce continuing education programs; the Cogdell Learning Center, an outreach site for south and east Midland that also provides GED® and English as a Second Language classes; and the Petroleum Professional Development Center, which provides quality continuing education for the Permian Basin energy industries. Midland College’s branch campus is located approximately 90 miles southwest of Midland in the rural West Texas town of Fort Stockton.
Over 800 full- and part-time employees work at MC, and 9 percent of them have worked for the college full-time for over 20 years. In addition to generous paid time-off policies, MC employees who work 12 months also enjoy three-day weekends in the summer. The college offers professional development opportunities through the on-site Teaching & Learning Center and LinkedIn Learning. Various college endowments help fund out-of-town conferences and other employee development activities. Employees and their dependents also benefit from MC scholarships for all credit MC classes. MC employees enjoy camaraderie and fellowship at monthly lunches and other events, such as the annual President’s Holiday Party.
Thanks to very generous endowments, the Midland College Foundation hosts lecture and performing arts series every fall and spring at no charge to employees and the West Texas community. Past world-renown experts for the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series include Doris Kearns Goodwin, Dr. Fareed Zakaria, Bill Bryson, Dr. Jane Goodall, Thomas Cahill, Captain Jim Lovell, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Lisa & Laura Ling, and Dr. Michio Kaku. Past entertainment sponsored by The Phyllis and Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series includes Jay Leno, Lyle Lovett, Gladys Knight, The 5 Browns, the Russian National Ballet Theatre, Garrison Keillor, the Ten Tenors and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. These are just a few of the speakers and entertainers who have come to Midland College over the past 25 years.
Although MC offers two bachelor degrees, the college's mission remains focused on community college objectives. Courses in the college’s academic programs transfer easily to four-year universities, and MC’s career and technical programs provide the skills necessary to enjoy a successful career. The excellent faculty and small student to teacher ratio of 17:1 ensures individualized attention in an environment that fosters student success.
Affordability is a key component of Midland College, with tuition being one-third the cost of Texas four-year public institutions. Thanks to generous donors and sound financial investments, Midland College is able to award over $1 million annually in scholarships. The college’s Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund provides approximately $500,000 each year for innovative projects and research, employee professional development, campus improvements and employee tuition assistance grants for advanced degrees.
Friendly West Texas Hospitality Welcomes You
Midland, Texas is a warm and inviting West Texas city, conveniently located on Interstate 20, halfway between Fort Worth and El Paso. Midland is a thriving community of more than 120,000 people. The Permian Basin, of which Midland is the geographic center, contains over 16 percent of the nation’s oil reserves. Although petroleum products are the economic mainstays, the community has a stable, multi-faceted economy.
Midland features unique museums, delicious food and exciting music and nightlife. The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum is an amazing journey spanning over 230 million years of history. Midland’s Museum of the Southwest, located on the grounds of the historic Turner Mansion, allows opportunities to discover art and history, a children’s museum and a planetarium. Other museums located throughout the city include the Commemorative Air Force Museum, the George W. Bush Childhood Home and the Haley Library and History Center.
The Midland College Phyllis and Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series and the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series present world-renowned entertainment and lectures free of charge on the Midland College main campus four times each year. In addition, the Midland/Odessa Symphony & Chorale currently includes over 70 professional musicians and is ranked by the League of American Orchestras as a metropolitan orchestra. The symphony proudly holds the distinction of being one of the largest professional performing arts organizations in West Texas. The symphony, as well as Broadway touring productions and entertainers from Nashville, Hollywood and New York, performs in the dazzling Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, the premier concert facility in the region.
On average, there are 266 beautiful days of sunshine per year in Midland to participate in a variety of recreational activities, including golfing, cycling and enjoying leisurely walks through safe, family-centered neighborhoods. Midlanders also take pleasure in viewing the tremendous West Texas sunsets from the comfort of their own porches. For those who want to venture a little farther, the Guadalupe Mountains, the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park provide nearby opportunities for hiking, camping and stargazing.
Midland brings together everything desired in a modern city without the inconvenience of traffic congestion.
Midland is a city where the possibilities are as endless as the horizons!
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