The strong partnership between Midland College Petroleum Professional Development
Center (PPDC) and Permian Basin STEPS (Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production
Safety Network) is one that gives back to others. The PPDC and STEPS will be gathering
needed food items for the West Texas Food Bank at 8:30 am during the Tuesday, November
8, 2022 STEPS meeting at the Midland College Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room.
Meeting attendees will contribute food and monetary donations, and staff from West
Texas Food Bank will be on hand to receive the donations. This is the second year
that the PPDC and STEPS have partnered for a holiday food drive.
STEPS and Midland College share a strong focus to make a difference in the community
by helping others, especially in a time of need such as the holiday season.
“Reaching out to help the community makes all of us stronger when we recognize how
small gestures can make a tremendous impact on others’ lives,” Erin Van Evera-Welch,
Midland College PPDC director, said.
All Permian Basin STEPS meetings are hosted by the Midland College PPDC and take place
on the second Tuesday of every month from 8:30-11:30 am in the Midland College Scharbauer
Student Center Carrasco Room. Meetings consist of one or two guest speakers giving
presentations pertaining to various safety topics, a safety case study discussion
and “lessons learned” for all attendees to participate in sharing first-hand safety
lessons/tips. Most of the attendees have ties to the energy industry; however, the
meeting is open to the public.
Midland College PPDC (Petroleum Professional Development Center)
The Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) of Midland College provides high
quality, timely and pertinent continuing education opportunities for the Permian Basin
regional energy industry. PPDC facilitates dynamic interaction between the community,
the college and the industry through strong collaborative efforts with local professional
societies. The PPDC also administers the Midland College Risk Management Institute
(RMI), which provides safety training. For more information, contact the PPDC at (432) 683-2832 or view course information on the Midland College website.
Permian Basin STEPS (Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network)
The purpose of Permian Basin STEPS is to work cooperatively with the oil & gas industry
and OSHA with one common goal--"Incident Free Work Place." Meetings consist of a
network of information including lessons learned, best practices, updates from OSHA
concerning regulation, and presenters that cover a cross section of information pertaining
to energy industry safety. Visit Permian Basin STEPS website for more information.