Petroleum Professional Development Center

Petroleum Professional Development CenterPPDC



The Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) of Midland College is located in the Jack G. Elam Building at the corner Main Street and Illinois Avenue, in downtown Midland. The entrance for the center is on the 100 block of W. Illinois Avenue.


  • Four classrooms including a 50-person capacity auditorium
  • State-of-the-art computing and instruction equipment
  • Classes, Workshops, and Lunch & Learn educational events


Curbside parking in this part of downtown Midland is extremely limited, the parking lot immediately across the street from the PPDC is reserved for Midland City Hall use, and the parking structure next to the PPDC is reserved for private use.

ppdc_parkingBy agreement between the PPDC and First United Methodist Church of Midland, center visitors and students may use the church parking lot on the west side of the 300 block of N. Main Street, just 1/2 block north of the center. Look for this sign in the lot.

PPDC Floor Plan (pdf)


Oil & Gas Training

ppdc_logoThe Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) of Midland College provides quality continuing education for the Permian Basin energy industries. The center is one of seven mid-career training centers worldwide recognized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

The mission of the PPDC is to provide quality continuing education designed to keep oil and gas industry professionals current in their areas of expertise through dynamic interaction between the community, the college, and the industry. The PPDC will provide high quality, timely, and pertinent educational opportunities to meet the professional development needs of those working in the regional energy industry.

Many of our classes qualify for re-certification credits that Professional Engineers, Professional Geologists and Petroleum Landmen use to maintain their professional certification status.

The PPDC also holds various symposiums on timely issues important to the region's oil and gas industry.