Who are MC alumni?
All students who took a continuing education class for personal enrichment, students who attended for one or two semesters then transferred to a university, former Kids' College students, GED recipients, College Classics students, Early College High School graduates, and, of course, MC certificate completers, associate degree graduates and baccalaureate graduates are encouraged to join.
Midland College selects 2020 Alum of the Year
When Jeremiah (Jeremy) Blair talks about his job as an Enrollment Navigator at Midland College, he says he has two unique advantages.
“It helps that I graduated from MC,” said Blair. “I can honestly tell interested students it is a great place. It also helps that I am 26 years old. I can relate to students because I was in their shoes not too long ago. I remember what it was like to feel lost in the college process. My Mom and Dad helped me. My mom started at MC, and now she has her Master’s degree so she was able to guide me a lot. However, some students do not have that same support, and that is where my colleagues and I come in.”
As an Enrollment Navigator, Blair helps students make sure they have submitted the necessary paperwork so they can register for classes. He also gives tours of the campus.
Joining the Midland College Alumni Association is one of the best ways to show your Chaparral pride! Throughout the year the Association sends out publications and hosts a number of events to help you maintain a close connection to Midland College. We also provide opportunities for you to network, socialize, and give back.
The past year’s events included a mixer at Twist Restaurant & Bar, a clean-up of our new Keep Midland Beautiful Adopt-A-Spot, and a volunteer opportunity during Lone Star Pet Sanctuary’s Runnin’ Fur Rescues Spooky 5K.
Each year our alumni also generously help raise funds to award a scholarship to a deserving Midland College student planning to transfer to a four-year institution.
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Midland College alumni make me proud to be the college’s president. Our alumni do great things, and I hope that you have pleasant memories of your time at Midland College. In my 10th year as president of Midland College, I am more impressed by the achievements and commitment of our alumni than ever.
We say that Midland College is Your College, and that is especially true for our alumni. We want you to stay engaged in the ongoing life of the college. Join us at Chap Center for the upcoming Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series event on September 25 featuring U.S. Army retired General David Petraeus and on October 9 for the fall installment of the Phyllis and Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series featuring country music legend Emmylou Harris. Bring your family to the Allison Fine Arts Building on December 6 for Holiday Evening, a fun-filled evening of music, art, food and visits with Santa.
Exciting things continue to take place at MC. We will begin the 2018-2019 academic year with the groundbreaking of the June and Frank Cowden, Jr. Dining Hall. When it is completed in spring 2020, I invite you to join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the beautiful new facility located adjacent to the Scharbauer Student Center.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments or would simply like to “reconnect” with Midland College, I welcome you to contact us. We love hearing from our alumni and the great things you are accomplishing!
Steve Thomas, Ph.D.
President, Midland College
In May 2004, 18-year-old Adriana Ortega was sitting in her living room and crying as she was holding her infant son and watching the televised graduation ceremony for her Midland High School classmates. Ortega was not there because she had dropped out of school two years earlier to get married. “Watching my friends graduate made me realize that I needed to get a high school diploma, so I started taking GED® classes at Midland College, and 3 ½ months later, I had a high school diploma,” explained Ortega.
Ortega remained married raising her son Santiago and daughter Karyme, who was born two years later. When Karyme started pre-school in 2010, Adriana decided it was time to take her education one step further, so she enrolled in classes at Midland College. “I wasn’t sure what my major would be,” said Ortega. “I enrolled in a few business-related classes, and then one day, as I was sitting in a Business Systems class taught by Sylvia Brown, I realized that a business career was my calling. What can I say . . . I like ‘paperwork!’”
While she was taking classes, Ortega worked full-time as an administrative assistant, was married and raising two young children. In 2013, she graduated from Midland College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Systems and soon obtained an administrative assistant position at D&H pumps. She was also active in Midland College’s Students in Philanthropy organization and was a member of Sigma Kappa Delta, the English Honor Society.
“I really enjoyed having Adriana as a student,” said Business Systems Department Chair Sylvia Brown. “She was always eager to learn new things. She fully participated in all the classroom activities. I could tell that she has the confidence needed to accomplish everything she sets her mind to do.” In 2015, Ortega enrolled once again at Midland College — this time pursuing a baccalaureate degree in Organizational Management. She excelled in her classes and was able to further her career when she accepted a position as an administrative assistant working for a local oilfield service company, Badger Daylighting.
However, life wasn’t exactly idyllic for Ortega and her family. In 2016, Adriana and her husband of 15 years divorced. She suddenly became a single mother; however, she was determined to complete her degree. Ortega said it was hard to juggle finances. In July 2017, she was forced to obtain a part-time job working two evenings each week at Kirkland’s at Midland Park Mall. Fortunately, her college tuition was being financed in part through the Midland Uptown Business & Professional Women’s scholarship.
“It wasn’t easy raising a family, working and going to school,” stated Ortega. “My family had to make lots of sacrifices, but it is worth it.” In May 2018, Adriana Ortega graduated from Midland College with a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree in Organizational Management. In June, she celebrated two years of employment at Badger.
“Every student has a different path to graduation,” explained Organizational Management Associate Professor Ryan Peckham. “Adriana’s work ethic and determination have never wavered, and even in the face of adversity, she has persevered. I am proud of her, but more importantly, she should be very proud of herself.”
Adriana Ortega wants to take her career even further. She said that she will spend extra time this summer and fall with her children — Santiago is now 15, and Karyme is 13. However, she plans to get right back in school in January, either taking paralegal courses or working on an MBA.
The 18-year-old high school dropout who was sitting in her living room crying as she was watching her classmates graduate is now a 33-year-old college graduate determined to excel in her career.
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