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2012-2013 Catalog & Student Handbook 
2012-2013 Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Programs, Resources and Enrichment

Travel Study Programs

Travel courses offer an exciting learning laboratory full of experiences, opportunities, and connections. They are also a great way to earn extra credits. Midland College offers several national and international travel courses across several disciplines. For information on current offerings, contact the International Studies Office (432) 685-6828.

Murray Fasken Learning Resource Center (LRC)

The LRC is a repository of 66, 241books and bound journals, 96,659 microforms, 3,187 DVDs, videos, and CDs, and 249 magazine, journal, and newspaper subscriptions which support the Midland College curricula. In addition, over 45,969 e-books are available to students through EBSCO and CredoRef, along with many full-text, multidisciplinary databases. The LRC is a participant in TexShare programs for enhanced access to learning resources. Special subject collections include Health Sciences and Law. The collection is primarily for students, staff, and faculty use. Materials are available for checkout through current Midland College ID cards. Library holdings are described by an electronic catalog, enabling author, title, subject, and keyword searches. Labs in the LRC provide word processing and related software. The LRC’s web site ( is extensive. Included are library research tutorials, the electonic catalog of holdings, description of library policies and services, and extensive links to hundreds of recommended websites and databases for virtually all academic subjects.

Information Technology Labs.

The college provides computers for student use in the following locations:

  • Lobby of the Murray Fasken Learning Resource Center
  • Room 213B-Fasken LRC (General Purpose Lab)
  • Room 107-WRTTC
  • Room 235-Fasken LRC (Modern Languages Lab)
  • Room 110-Technology Center (Information Technology Lab)
  • Room 138-Technology Center (Math Lab)
  • Room 149-Technology Center (Information Technology Lab)
  • Room 185-Allison Fine Arts Bldg. (Journalism Lab)
  • Room 244-Davidson Family Health Sciences Building (Health Science Lab)
  • Room 125-SSC Career Center

Facility Reservations

The Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Administrative Services serves as reservations officer of all public use of facilities on campus. Sponsors of organizations desiring to schedule events on campus should contact the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Administrative Services to reserve appropriate facilities for a function. For more information about what facilities are available to the public, visit or contact (432) 685-4530.

Adult Basic Education

The Department of Adult Basic Education (ABE) offers a variety of programs to help adults increase their academic and workforce skills. Students are provided with the opportunity to improve their skills in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, language arts, and English. There are no fees for any ABE program. A registration class is required before students enter the instructional classes. Individuals must be at least 17 years of age to enroll. Call the ABE Department at (432) 685-6819 for procedures and documentation requirements. Current offerings are:

GED® - General Education Development

These classes are designed for persons who have not completed high school. Men and women in study individual materials that are on their own level and progress at their own speed. Students preparing to take the GED® test are given instruction in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science through instructor-led, computer- assisted, and independent study. Some students need minimal preparation, while others may attend classes for a year or longer. Students are encouraged to take a section of the GED® test whenever they and the instructor feel the results will be positive. The GED® test is comprised of five individual tests: Language Arts: Writing, Language Arts: Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. In order to receive a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency, a student must pass all five tests with a combined score of 2250 (450 Average) and with no one test scoring below 410. Successful completion of the GED® test may be necessary for job qualification, or it also may qualify the student for college or technical school admission. Call (432) 685-6819 for more information.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL (English as a Second Language), refers to the study of English by non-native speakers. Classes provide students with the opportunity to improve their speaking, reading, writing and listening English language skills. These skills are taught in conjunction with life skills to help the student function fully in the community. Multiple levels of instruction are available. Call (432) 684-5323 for more ESL information.

Multi-Use Computer Lab

Multi-level computer instruction assists students with the English language as well as provides instruction in general academics (reading, math, science, social studies, language arts). Instruction is available to better prepare individuals for the workforce.

ESL History & Government

This is an ESL class for Resident Legal Aliens who want immigration and naturalization information to prepare for United States citizenship. The focus of this class is American history and government. Resident aliens are prepared for United States citizenship with individualized academic instruction. Class size is limited and students wishing to participate must call the ABE office, at (432) 684-5323, for class information.

Workforce Education

ABE Class Locations

In addition to Midland College, classes are held at various locations including Midland College Cogdell Learning Center, WorkforceSolutions-Permain Basin and Williams Regional Technical Training Center, Ft. Stockton.

Midland College ABE is involved in community partnerships with MISD, MISD Even Start, Casa de Amigos and Midland Need to Read programs. Additional class sites and community partnerships are established as determined by needs and funding. For further information, call (432) 685-6819 or check out ABE at

Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC)

The Midland College Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) is located at the Midland College Cogdell Learning Center at 201 W. Florida. The BEDC promotes economic development in the community by providing comprehensive management, financial, and technical assistance and training to small businesses, entrepreneurial ventures, and non-profit organizations in the form of seminars and free, confidential counseling. The BEDC also provides free one-on-one credit counseling and home ownership counseling to the public. For more information, visit or contact the BEDC at (432) 684-4309.

Business Training

Customized training opportunities are available for entities within the private and/or public sector through the Midland College Workforce Continuing Education Department. Diverse training opportunities include, but are not limited to: technical training, software training, supervisory and management training, and vocational training. The adaptable nature of this training program provides local business and industry a great tool to meet their staff development needs. For more information please call Jan Crumpton at (432) 681-6301.

Workforce Continuing Education

Workforce Continuing Education offers certification and mandatory licensure updates and seminars for the professional. Classes have also been developed for students to enhance their occupational skills or retrain for other career opportunities.

Concurrent courses are those CREDIT courses that may be taken as NON-CREDIT. Most credit courses, subject to approval and space availability, fit into this category.

Midland College works with individuals, and groups to plan continuing education courses, seminars and forums.

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Courses - Initial job skills, skills upgrading, instructional classes for career certifications and retraining are the main focus of these courses.

Health Sciences Continuing Education

A multi-faceted program offering educational courses with clinical experiences for entry-level health careers, such as Certified Nurses Assistant and Phlebotomy. In addition to course offerings, this program is approved as a provider by the Texas Department of State Health Services in the areas of: Massage Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapists, Emergency Management (EMS), Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, Texas State Board of Professional Counselors, also, the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification, and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability for Nurses Aide and Medication Administration for the Nurse Aide to provide educational activities to those licensed or certified in the State of Texas or nationally. For further information, regarding courses or seminars offered in the Health Sciences Continuing Education department, please call (432) 681-6354 or (432) 681-6305.

Transportation Training

This program provides individuals with the proper training in order to obtain a CDL License to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely within the rules and regulations set out by the Department of Transportation. We offer a four-week program that is 160 hours and consists of instruction in the classroom. Training is provided in pretrip, post-trip and backing. The last 80 hours involve actual hands-on driving by the student. Upon completion of the class, the student will receive a Class A License with the ability of obtaining endorsements in Hazmat, Doubles and Triples and Tankers.

Customized courses, to fit the needs of individual companies, are provided in various transportation areas, such as contract training ranging from 90 to 120 hours or one-day 10 hour safety classes with specific training in hours of service, hazardous materials and transportation security awareness.

Job placement assistance is available to qualified students who seek a career in the Transportation Industry. The program is located the Advanced Technology Center, (432) 681-6317.

Petroleum Professional Development Center

The Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) located at 221 N. Main Street, in downtown Midland, is a unique educational facility designed specifically for the local oil and gas industry. The PPDC offers Continuing Education Unit courses designed to help oil and gas industry professionals stay current in their technical fields. Dynamic interaction between the community, the college, and industry enables the PPDC to provide high quality instruction in meeting the training needs of the community it serves. For more information please call (432) 683-2832 or visit

Workforce Education, Community Programs, Continuing Education Policies and Registration Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees must be paid in full by 12:00 p.m. (noon) two business days prior to the first class day. *Some departments may require payment earlier, students need to verify, at time of registration, when their payment will be due. Students will only be contacted if a course is cancelled or if any changes are made to the course information originally published in the Continuing Education course schedule. Tuition and fees are based on the number of course hours, instruction costs, and equipment and building use.

*Fees: Out-of-state fees may apply and will be noted in course information. An out-of-state resident is defined as a United States citizen, 18 years-of-age or older, who has not been a resident of Texas during the 12 months prior to registration.

Payment Options

Please note: if you have a prior balance, a hold, which prevents registration, will be placed on your account. You must contact the cashier’s office at (432) 685-4531 and resolve the issue BEFORE being permitted to register for Continuing Education courses.

Cash, checks, money orders, traveler’s checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted for course payment. Course payments may be made in person, by phone or online at the following locations:

Main Campus
3600 N. Garfield
(432) 685-4518

Advanced Technology Center
3200 W. Cuthbert
(432) 681-6326 or 681-6330

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Courses that lack sufficient enrollment will be cancelled by 12:00 p.m. (noon) two business days prior to the first class day. If a course is cancelled, the Continuing Education department makes every effort to notify all registered students promptly. Students will only be contacted if a course is cancelled or if any changes are made to the course information originally published in the Continuing Education schedule.

Each Continuing Education class has a minimum student enrollment requirement that has to be met in order for the class to make. Paid students that are enrolled in a cancelled course will automatically be issued a refund from our accounting department. No cash refunds will be issued.

Students will receive a 100% refund (less a $10 processing fee) if they drop by 12:00 p.m. (noon) two business days prior to the first class day. They will receive an 80% refund (less $10) if they drop before the second class day. With the exception of extenuating circumstances, students will not receive a refund for a one-day class if they drop on the day of the class. No refunds will be given after the second class day. It is the student’s responsibility to cancel their registration. Allow 30 days for refund processing. No cash refunds will be issued.

Social Security Numbers

A social security number is required to identify students’ permanent records. The Midland College registration system automatically encrypts a student’s social security number into a student identification (ID) number. The student ID is used for all internal printed material and provides additional protection of a student’s privacy. Students are urged to become familiar with their student ID number and to use it when communicating with College offices. Students are requested to provide their social security number to the College for maintenance of their student records; it also allows the College to meet federal and state-reporting requirements (Personal Enrichment is excluded from state-reporting requirements).

Grading, Certificates, and Transcripts

The final grade in most Continuing Education Department courses is an “S” (satisfactory completion) or a “U” (unsatisfactory completion). Personal enrichment courses may be excluded from the grading process.

After eligible courses are graded, official transcripts will be available. All transcript requests must be submitted in writing, or in person, to the Continuing Education Department.

In most cases, a certificate of completion will be provided for graded continuing education courses. There is a $15 fee for each additional or replacement certificate requested.


Continuing Education classes qualify eligible participants to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The CEU is a nationally recognized standard of measurement earned for participation in qualified programs. One unit is awarded for every ten hours of instruction. Upon successful completion of qualified course the participant will receive a Midland College certificate with awarded hours and CEUs.


Unless otherwise noted, books and supplies are not included in the tuition costs. Some courses require the purchase of special books or equipment. Supply lists are provided at the time of registration or on the first class day. Midland College bookstore hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For more information call (432) 685-4545.

Parking Permits

Students enrolled in Continuing Education courses on the Midland College main campus, will receive their parking permit on the first day of class from the instructor, or students can pick up parking permits in the Continuing Education office, Pevehouse Administration Bldg., room 100.

Students taking Continuing Education courses at the Advanced Technology Center or the Petroleum Professional Development Center do not need a parking permit.

Personal & Community Enrichment

Community Programs Continuing Education

The Community Programs Continuing Education department has a long history of providing learning opportunities in the community. Courses occur throughout the year, vary in duration, and occur on-and off-campus. Courses provided fall under three categories:

Personal Enrichment courses include dance, music, drawing, painting, language, health/fitness, and other special interest courses. In addition, a multitude of online course offerings are available. If interested in online courses, visit to review over 250 course offerings.

College Classics offers a series of courses designed especially for local residents who are 50 and older. Volunteer instructors from Midland College and the community present such subjects as Computer Basics, Movies in Review, Toning with Tap, and a host of others. The fall semester includes two sessions. The spring semester includes three sessions. A registration fee of $25.00 per semester enrolls students for as many courses as a student wishes to take.

Kids’ College is a summer enrichment program for students who have completed the first through sixth grades. Students always have fun in arts, performing arts, languages, crafts, computers, science/math, personnel development, and sports classes. Families are able to schedule their child in one or two classes per day. The program runs 16 days each summer divided into two sessions.

For information about any of the above course offerings, call (432) 685-4518.

Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series

This series presents, twice a year, speakers whose academic accomplishments, civic leadership, and/ or public achievements will interest, enrich, and enlighten Midland students and citizens. Departments and other groups also schedule guest lecturers and speakers to promote student interest in current topics.

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
7:30 p.m.
September 20, 2012

Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series

This series presents, twice each year, cultural and artistic performances of international interest and scope to stimulate and inspire the Midland arts community which prides itself on a rich tradition of excellence in the performing arts.

Lyle Lovett & his Large Band
Special concert in honor of Midland College’s 40th anniversary
8:00 p.m.
September 1, 2012

Al G. Langford Chaparral Center


This 5,000 seat capacity coliseum provides a setting for athletic events, performances, shows and conferences. It is the primary location of the College’s Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series and Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series. In addition to removable flooring appropriate for athletic events, the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center is supported by flexible stage, curtain and lighting structures that may be arranged to suit the nature of the event and the size of the audience. For additional information, contact the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center Director at (432) 685-4582.

Dollye Neal Chapel

The Dollye Neal Chapel was created and endowed through the generosity of Dollye Neal Ballenger as “a place apart” on the main Midland College campus for staff, faculty, students, supporters and officials. The Chapel has no religious affiliation and is open weekdays to all providing a proper setting for private meditation and reflection. It also serves as a venue for small events such as weddings and student and faculty meetings suited to the Chapel’s special environment. The Dollye Neal Chapel is complemented by Hall’s Way, a pedestrian bridge that connects the College campus to the adjacent Midland Community Theatre. For information regarding the Dollye Neal Chapel, telephone (432) 685-4770.

McCormick Gallery

Given as a gift by Colonel and Mrs. Walter B. Smith, in memory of her parents, W.F. and Mary McIntyre McCormick, and her brother George D. McCormick, the McCormick Gallery was established in 1978. The gallery is located in the main foyer of the Allison Fine Arts Building and annually hosts multiple exhibits of works in a wide range of media. For additional information regarding the McCormick Gallery, telephone (432) 685-4770.

Studio 3600 is a Midland College studio gallery within the McCormick Gallery. It offers a special series of exhibitions held at least twice a year featuring primarily the work of Midland College students who have displayed exceptional growth and originality. These shows allow students to display a body of work rather than individual works usually seen in end-of-the-semester student shows. The Studio 3600 Series is flexible and is also able to offer space to local artists who need more exposure; at other times, it can showcase works by a number of artists working around a central theme. Opening receptions are held at noon and feature a light lunch. These receptions attract large and receptive audiences.

Additional student and faculty art work is on permanent display throughout the F. Marie Hall Academic Building.

Midland College Tennis Center and Pro Shop

Faculty (and their immediate family) and students have access to 18 tennis courts but there is no lighting for night time play. A current MC identification card is required for free play. Scheduling of a tennis court is done by going to the Pro Shop. Please do not call to schedule court time. The public is welcome to use the courts for a $2 court fee. Pro Shop hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information please call (432) 687-4046.

Music Ensembles

The Midland College Orchestra

The Midland College Orchestra is open to all experienced instrumental students. The orchestra performs many concerts during the year both in Midland and throughout the Permian Basin. Scholarships are available by audition to any student regardless of major. Students should contact Rabon Bewley, (432) 685-4643 or, to schedule a visit and audition.

The Midland College Jazz Ensemble

The Midland College Jazz Ensemble is open to all experienced instrumental students. The jazz ensemble performs numerous concerts during the year both in Midland and throughout the Permian Basin. The jazz ensemble also performs at select home basketball games. Scholarships are available by audition to any student, regardless of major. Students should contact Rabon Bewley, (432) 685-4643 or, to schedule a visit and audition.

The Midland College Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble are premier instrumental groups performing on the MC campus, in Midland, and in the surrounding communities on performance and recruiting tours. These ensembles will seek performance exchanges with our sister cities in England and China.

Chap Singers

Chap Singers is the vocal ensemble at Midland College. This ensemble performs a varied style of music from Broadway plays to movie scores and pop music. The choir sings both on and off campus every semester, with audiences including public schools, service clubs, and even individuals hosting community functions. All the singers in this organization are also a part of the Midland College Chorale. Students should contact Bert Bostic, (432) 685- 4624 or, to schedule a visit and audition.

“Glee” @ MC
performed by Chap Singers and instrumental ensembles
May 2012

Midland College Chorale

Midland College Chorale is composed of Midland College students and members of the Midland community. The Chorale performs an annual Christmas Concert of varied literature-both sacred and secular/classical and contemporary. They also join forces with other choirs in the community–for instance, the Midland Odessa Symphony and Chorale–in performing Major Chorale works such as Opera and Oratorio Choruses. The 2005-06 Chorale performed the following: “Christmas Oratorio”, Camille St. Saens; “A Day for Dancing”, Lloyd Pfautsch; “Christmas Cantata”, Daniel Pinkham; “Requiem”, Marcel Duruflé; and “Coronation Mass in C Major”, W.A. Mozart. Students should contact Bert Bostic, (432) 685-4624 or, to schedule a visit and audition.