Midland College • About Us
Midland College (MC) is known as “Your College.” The college’s focus is on providing higher education, community services and cultural enrichment to the Midland community. MC offers a rich and exciting range of opportunities and services, as well as a quality educational experience that is both affordable and comfortable. Every semester over 5,000 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.
MC has been serving Midland and the region for over 40 years. During that time, Midland College has made an indelible mark on the community, and the college strives to be student centered. The college has a service area of five counties encompassing 12,008 square miles (about the size of the state of Maryland). According to 2012 census data, approximately 200,000 people reside within the five-county service area. The area includes Midland County and the remote counties of Crockett, Pecos, Reagan and Terrell. In addition to offering courses in a traditional classroom environment at the main campus, MC provides educational opportunities through online offerings and interactive television. The college’s Williams Regional Technical Training Center, located in Fort Stockton, Texas, offers credit, developmental education and continuing education courses to the residents of rural Pecos County, 107 miles southwest of Midland.
MC provides students one-on-one interaction with top faculty in an environment that stresses student accomplishment above all else. Associate degrees and certificates in more than 50 programs of study are offered, and MC is one of only three community colleges in Texas approved to offer a bachelor’s degree. Courses in the college’s academic programs transfer easily to four-year universities throughout the nation, and MC’s career and technical programs provide the skills necessary to enjoy a successful career. The average class size at MC is small (average 29 students), so students receive lots of personalized attention from accomplished faculty members. MC’s five instructional divisions (social and behavioral sciences, applied technology, health sciences, math and science, and fine arts and communications) provide the academic breadth of a much larger institution with the close family atmosphere of a private college.
MC’s 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. The college’s University Center offers students multiple options for completing their education. Programs and courses are offered by Texas Tech University, Sul Ross State University and Western Governors University. These programs and courses are taught at the junior-, senior- and graduate-level, and complement and enhance MC’s offerings. MC’s baccalaureate degree and the University Center partnerships enable students to complete upper-level degrees without leaving the Midland College campus.
Midland College offers students the opportunity to live on campus while tending to their studies. O’Shaughnessy Hall, Nadine & Tom Craddick Hall and David E. Daniel Hall offer semi-private suites for single students. The Family Housing Units offer apartment-style units for students with children.
Midland College is a member of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference and offers scholarship athletic programs in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball, women’s softball, men’s golf and women’s volleyball. Intramural sports also offer students the opportunity to participate in their favorite sports during leisure time or in competitive tournaments. Intramural activities include flag football, basketball, volleyball, tennis and other activities requested by students.
The Student Activities Office provides co-curricular activities and support to students. Student Government, clubs and organizations and all other student-related education, service-oriented and programming activities operate through this office. Annual events include Club Fair, Halloween parties, canned food drives, Homecoming events and Casino Night, just to name a few.
MC offers hundreds of scholarships to help make college more affordable. Of particular interest is the Legacy Scholarship — a collaborative funding partnership among Abell-Hanger Foundation, the Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust, the Chaparral Foundation and the Scharbauer Foundation. The Legacy Scholarship provides over $2,000 per eligible Midland County high school graduate each year.
More than $40 million has been invested in new construction and campus renovation projects since 2006. Two of the most recently completed projects include a new academic classroom building with state-of-the-art classrooms and the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College, which provides future health care specialists the opportunity to work in a mock hospital setting.
The MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC) is located approximately three miles from the main campus at 3200 W. Cuthbert. The ATC features cutting-edge facilities and equipment. It 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.
Cogdell Learning Center is located at 201 W. Florida, the center provides FREE community services such as the Midland Need to Read program, GED® classes, ESL (English as a Second Language) tutoring, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) assistance, on-site advising and computer lab access. MC’s Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) is also located in this facility and promotes economic development in Midland by assisting small business and new entrepreneurial ventures.
The Midland College Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC), located on the corner of Illinois and Main streets in downtown Midland, was created through the consolidation of the Permian Basin Graduate Center and MC’s Petroleum Geotechnology Training Center. The center provides quality continuing education for the Permian Basin energy industries. It is one of seven mid-career training centers worldwide recognized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). Seminars and course offerings are designed to keep oil and gas industry professionals current in their areas of expertise. May of the classes qualify for re-certification credits that professional engineers, geologists, CPAs and petroleum landmen use to maintain their professional certification status.
MC offers FREE live world-class performances, cultural programs, lectures, art exhibits and other special events to students and the entire Midland community. Of special interest are the live performances sponsored by the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series, the globally acclaimed lectures offered through the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series and the notable lectures offered to members of MC’s Permian Basin Energy Leaders (PBEL) group. Past PBEL presenters have included local oil & gas legends such as Jim Henry and Clayton Williams.
Vision, Mission and Values
MC’s vision is to be West Texas’ premier learner-centered institution offering programs and services that support and inspire student learning and community enrichment. With 21st-Century campuses, the college will empower students to achieve success. Upon establishment, Midland College embraced the core values of faith, knowledge, truth, understanding and wisdom, as evidenced by the college seal. The college’s values now also include quality, diversity, continuous enrichment, effective learning, academic freedom, stewardship, collaboration and accountability.