Midland College • About Us
Midland College (MC) offers associate degrees and certificates 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 6,500 credit students attend MC — considered to be one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation — at approximately one-third the cost of other Texas four-year public institutions. Highlights of service include:
• Midland College offers a unique scholarship opportunity to students. The Legacy Scholarship — a collaborative funding partnership among the Abell-Hanger Foundation, the Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust, the Chaparral Foundation and the Scharbauer Foundation — provides tuition-free education to eligible Midland County high school graduates who attend Midland College. The scholarship builds citizenship and a commitment to the community by requiring recipients to complete community service hours.
• In addition to many academic and transfer opportunities, Midland College provides a broad variety of continuing-education programs, serving more than 6,000 community members every year, on the main campus or one of their satellite campuses, including the Advanced Technology Center, Cogdell Learning Center and the Petroleum Professional Development Center.
• The 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.
• MC’s University Center provides academic partnerships with area universities, including Texas Tech, Sul Ross State University, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Victory University and Western Governors University. These partnerships enable students to complete certain bachelor’s degrees from one of these schools without leaving the Midland College campus.
• MC hosts, free to the public, world-class performances and distinguished lectures each year, sponsored by the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series, the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series and the Friends of the Series.
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).
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.