Statement of Purpose
Midland College is a comprehensive public community college dedicated to educational excellence. The faculty and staff are committed to instruction that sustains a life-long quest for knowledge and provides students with academic, intellectual, occupational, and professional proficiency-including knowledge in and appreciation of the arts and sciences; critical thinking; clear and effective communication; problem solving; and technical skills. The College serves the diverse learning communities of its region by providing a range of flexible programs from community service and enrichment to the baccalaureate degree.
- Midland College will provide an academic and occupational focus for business and professional learning environments through the following options:
- Certificates in career and technology programs
- Transfer coursework and Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees
- Associate of Applied Science degree
- Bachelor of Applied Technology degree
- Midland College will provide flexible educational opportunities by combining traditional methods with effective and innovative teaching methods, including interactive distance learning, computer-based instruction, and developmental assessment and response.
- Midland College will respond to community, business, professional, and regional needs by providing credit, non-credit, and continuing education courses; workforce training; community service; and cultural opportunities.
- Midland College will provide student services to reduce barriers to success and strengthen efforts in student retention.
- Midland College will cooperate with other institutions and agencies through articulation agreements and the University Center in seeking and creating new avenues for student access to post secondary education.
- Midland College will provide services which create and support a strong infrastructure, such as accounting and business services, campus security, human resources, campus planning and evaluation, physical plant operation and maintenance, technology support, student services, and media services.
History of Midland College
Midland College began in September 1969 as the Midland campus of the Permian Junior College system. It was re-created in 1972 with the formation of the Midland College District. Bonds in the amount of $5,100,000 were issued for the construction of a 115 acre campus. Ground breaking at the new campus was held October 23, 1973. In 1975, spring semester classes were held in the new buildings. The Pevehouse Administration Building (which holds the I. A. O’Shaughnessy Presidential Suite and the Orpha Olsen Gibson Board Room), the Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building and the Maintenance Facility were the forerunners of the complete campus. The Murray Fasken Learning Resource Center, the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center (which houses the Harriet and Harvey Herd Faculty Lounge and the Carrasco Room), the Technology Center and the Physical Education Building were completed for the Fall 1975 semester. With an eye for continued growth, enrollment and programs, the Allison Fine Arts Building, including the McCormick Gallery and the Wagner & Brown Auditorium, an addition to the Technology Center and the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center with a seating capacity of 5,000, were dedicated in 1978.
A residence hall for athletes was built in 1983. The Davidson Family Health Sciences Building, including the Davidson Lecture Hall and the original Helen L. Greathouse Children’s Center, was completed for the 1985 Fall semester. Landmarks of the Midland College campus are the beautiful Hodge Carillon Tower, the Marian Blakemore Memorial Fountain and the Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Beal Plaza. Fifty-six additional acres were purchased in 1988.
A twelve-court tennis center is the result of a joint project of the City of Midland and Midland College. Six new courts were added in 1991. In the fall of 1991, an addition doubling the size of the Scharbauer Student Center was completed, and in 1992, the Cogdell Learning Center was established. The Williams Regional Technical Training Center of Fort Stockton opened in 1996 and was dedicated in 2002. The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series was also established in 1996. Fifty-three acres north of the campus were purchased in 1999, yielding a campus of 224 acres. Also in 1999, O’Shaughnessy Hall, a women’s residence hall, was dedicated, and the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series was established.
The Advanced Technology Center, including the Franz Weis Industrial Technology Center and the Elizabeth & Herb Blankinship Lecture Hall, and a men’s residence hall opened in 2000. The Jack E. Brown Dining Hall and the Dorothy and Todd Aaron Medical Science Building, including The Gregory Bartha, M.D. Atrium, were opened in 2001. The Nadine & Tom Craddick Resident Hall was dedicated in 2003 and the Dollye Neal Chapel and Hall’s Way, a pedestrian bridge between Midland College and Midland Community Theatre, were dedicated in 2004. The Petroleum Professional Development Center was acquired and renovated; the Cogdell Learning Center was renovated; and the Fox Science Building, including the Joseph Earnest Daniel Lobby, was dedicated in 2005. A $41.8 million bond was also issued for the expansion of learning facilities and campus improvements, and the college was accredited as a Level II (four-year) institution to offer a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree. In 2006, construction began on the bond projects. The Pedestrian Mall, the Cogdell Learning Center renovation and the Maintenance Facility were completed in 2007. The F. Marie Hall Academic Building was completed and dedicated in 2008. The new Helen L. Greathouse Children’s Center and the Phase II of the Fox Science Building were completed in 2009, and in 2010 the Scharbauer Student Center, Physical Education Building and the Cogdell Learning Center were renovated. Midland College was named an All-Steinway School and the Bryce and Isabel McClintic Rea Center for Music Technology and Creativity was also established in 2010.
Midland College Sites
The Midland College (MC) main campus is located at 3600 North Garfield, Midland, Texas. MC also has a variety of sites and facilities throughout its service area including the Williams Regional Technical Training Center, an accredited branch campus, located in Ft. Stockton. In addition to the sites described in the following, MC offers limited classes at public school facilities in the communities of Big Lake, Fort Stockton, Greenwood, Iraan, Ozona, and Sanderson.
Advanced Technology Center
The Midland College Advanced Technology Center (ATC) is a unique educational venture involving Midland College, the Midland Independent School District, and a number of community partners. The ATC, located at 3200 W. Cuthbert in Midland, delivers workforce education programs that support the development of a skilled technical workforce for Midland and the Permian Basin. The facility contains more than 80,000 square feet of instructional space that features high-tech computer classrooms with Internet access, multimedia classrooms, and a tiered lecture hall.
Educational programs and courses taught at the ATC include all aspects of computer information technology; industrial technology emphasizing welding technology, metallurgy, and automotive technology; and entry-level health services. State-of-the-art equipment in all instructional areas provides students with “high-tech, high-touch” instruction and hands-on application of skills.
The ATC also enables Midland-area residents to further enhance their technical skills through industry-recognized certifications and other continuing education opportunities. The Midland College Workforce Continuing Education Department, located at the ATC, offers customized short-term courses and training as requested by Permian Basin businesses and industries. For information regarding the ATC, visit www.midland.edu/atc or telephone (432) 697-5863.
Franz Weis Industrial Technology Center
The Franz Weis Industrial Technology Center and accompanying exhibit are located at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, adjacent to the Automotive Technology laboratory. The exhibit depicts the life and works of Franz Weis, a master engine builder who resides in Midland. Between 1965 and 2001, Mr. Weis built engines for Indy-type racing cars that won 107 races, including cars driven by Jim Hall, Al Unser, Sr., Bobby Rahal, Emerson Fittipaldi, Arie Luyendyke, and Al Unser, Jr. Mr. Weis won the Vandevell Engine Builder of the Year award for 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990. The Franz Weis Industrial Technology Center is used for special high school and college automotive classes as well as industry training for automotive technology professionals. For additional information regarding the Franz Weis Industrial Technology Center, telephone (432) 681-6344.
Aviation Maintenance Technology Hangar
The Aviation Maintenance Technology program is located at Midland International Airport, Hangar E, 2405 Windecker. An advanced state-of-the-art training facility, this site offers students training on actual aircraft. The program offers certificates in Airframe Maintenance and Powerplant Maintenance. Upon successful completion of training, students are qualified to take Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) examinations for Airframe or Powerplant licenses. For information regarding the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, visit www.midland.edu or telephone (432) 685- 4799 or (432) 563-8952.
Cogdell Technical Building
The Codgell Technical Center (CTB), located at 111. E. Florida next to the Midland College Cogdell Learning Center, is an advanced training facility offering hands-on training in diesel technology. The program offers basic and advanced college credit certification as well as Continuing Education classes. For information regarding the Cogdell Technical Building and classes that are offered, please call (432) 620-0246 or (432) 685-4676.
Cogdell Learning Center/Cogdell Annex Building
Established in 1992 as a presence in South Midland, the Cogdell Learning Center has as its mission providing quality learning and life-enhancing opportunities through programs that effectively address the unique needs of South and East Midland residents. The Center serves as a gateway to Midland College and other community resources for individuals who wish to further pursue personal, career, and academic goals.
The Cogdell Learning Center is located at 201 W. Florida, and its services include: community outreach; free GED and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, a public access computer lab, adult literacy tutoring, basic computer classes; business counseling and technical assistance. Cogdell staff provides assistance with college and career planning, admissions, registration and the financial aid process, including advice on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Cogdell Learning Center also administers the Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship developed specifically to support individuals whose education re-entry began at this site. Midland College now offers a limited number of credit and non-credit courses in the new Cogdell Annex Building at 211 W. Florida. Beginning in Fall 2010, the college will offer a limited number of credit and non-credit courses in a new classroom building at this facility.
Cogdell features a state-of-the-art lecture hall with interactive mulitmedia equipment. For additional information regarding the Cogdell Learning Center, visit www.midland.edu/cogdell or telephone (432) 684-4100.
Petroleum Professional Development Center
The Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) of Midland College 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 located at 221 N. Main Street in downtown Midland, the center is a state-of-the-art educational facility designed specifically for the regional oil and gas industry. The center provides unique programs developed for working geoscientists, petroleum engineers, landmen, accountants, and field operations personnel and offers industry updates to area oil and gas professionals. The PPDC is one of seven mid-career training centers worldwide recognized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). For additional information regarding the PPDC, visit www.midland.edu/ppdc or telephone (432) 683-2832.
Professional Pilot Preparation Hangar
The flight instruction portion of the Professional Pilot Preparation Program is headquartered in Hangar 10 at Midland Airpark, 901 Airpark Road. In addition to providing shelter for the program’s many aircraft, the hangar houses a state-of-the-art flight simulator, offices for flight instructors and an operations and dispatch area. For additional information, visit www.midland.edu or telephone (432) 685-4668.
Williams Regional Technical Training Center
The Midland College Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC), located at 1309 West I-10 in Fort Stockton, was built in 1996 to advance higher education in the region and to enhance workforce development. The WRTTC was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as the first branch campus of Midland College in 1998. In 2000, the facility size was doubled as a result of an aggressive community fundraising initiative.
The WRTTC campus serves its students through university parallel and occupational/technical certificate and associate degree programs, a wide variety of continuing education offerings, and programs offered in collaboration with the Fort Stockton Independent School District (FSISD). Offerings are supported by advanced instructional technology, interactive television and computerized distance learning technology which link many WRTTC programs to the Midland College campus.
The WRTTC worked with the Midland College Health Sciences Division to begin a program that brings LVN’s to Registered Nursing status within one year. This new program is servicing LVN students throughout the region to work to provide Registered Nurses for this vast rural area.
For additional information regarding the WRTTC, visit www.midland.edu/wrttc or telephone (432) 336-7882.