Midland College is a community college in Midland, Texas. First founded in 1972, the main Midland campus is now situated on 224 acres inside the city limits. Branch learning locations include the Advanced Technology Center; the Aviation Maintenance Technology Facility at the Midland International Airport; the Bill Pace Cogdell Learning Center for ABE, ESL, and GED courses; the Cogdell Technical Building, an advanced hands-on training center for the trades; and the William Regions Technical training Center in Fort Stockton.
The catchment area for Midland includes all of Crockett, Pecos, Terrell, and Reagan counties, and most of Midland County. Fairly unusual for a public college, Midland has a chapel on campus. The Dollye Neal Chapel hosts weddings, student and faculty meetings, and a variety of other events. The chapel is open from 7 AM to 7 PM 7 days a week.
There are a variety of academic programs to fit many student profiles. Midland offers remedial classwork for those needing assistance to get up to college level classwork; English as a Second Language for recent immigrants; part-time weekend and evening degree coursework for students with jobs, young children, or other significant obligations; distance learning opportunities for those who wish to study from home; and educational services that extend into the schools, prisons, and workplaces within their catchment area. Students who have been in the workplace, especially those working in their field of study, may receive credit for life experiences, therefore shortening the amount of time they need to be in college to complete a degree.
Extended Degree Programs
There are more than a hundred certificate and degree tracks at Midland, in addition to several personal interest and continuing education programs. Midland offers one bachelor’s degree, in Organizational Management. Through a series of University Center partners Midland also offers a number of upper-level classes in a variety of disciplines. These partners include Howard Payne University, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University, Western Governors University, Angelo State University, and Sul Ross State University.
Truck Diver Training
The Midland College Transportation Training program is a full-time, 4 week program that prepares individuals to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely. Upon completion, each student receives a Class A license with the option to obtain endorsements in Hazmat, Doubles and Triples, and Tankers. Students must be at least 18 years of age, pass a physical exam, and have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
Petroleum Professional Development Center
Midland is known for its Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC), one of only seven mid-career training centers in the world. The PPDC trains oil and gas professionals for recertification credits. Professionals served include engineers, geologists, Certified Public Accountants, and petroleum landmen. The PPDC also hosts meetings for Seismic-Micro Technology, PETRA, and Geo-Graphix.
Risk Management Institute
The Risk Management Institute offers seminars on a wide variety of risk management and safety topics to area employers, employees, and the general public. These topics include: Introduction to Safety Management, Confined Spaces, HAZCOM, Drug and Alcohol Awareness for Supervisors, H2S Certification and CPR, and CPR/First Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens. Seminars are offered for free and include certified Continuing Education Units to completers.
Most Popular Fields of Study
In keeping with its mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, MCC offers open admissions. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to applying.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, MCC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.
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Clubs and Organizations
There are dozens of student organizations on the MCC campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. These groups include Baptist Student Ministries, Bonus Round (Gaming), Revolution (Christian Fellowship), International Student Club, and more. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters. The student newspaper, El Paisano, is published bi-monthly. There is also a literary magazine, Tableau, and a news/feature magazine, Chaparral.
The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.
Living on Campus
There are four residence halls on the main campus. Residence halls include Men’s Residence Hall, O’Shaughnessy Hall, Nadine and Tom Craddick Hall, and Family Housing Facility. Dining options on campus include the Jack E. Brown Dining Hall, a traditional buffet-style dining hall that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner weekdays and brunch and dinner on the weekends; the Café Pepe coffee shop; and the Snack Bar at Scharbauer Student Center.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Student Graduation Demographics
The athletic department is known as the Chaparrals. The school colors are yellow and green. The Chaparrals compete in the NJCAA and the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, and golf. Women’s sports include basketball, softball, and volleyball. The school colors are yellow and green. In addition, there is a wide range of intramural sports for recreational student athletes. These include flag football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and ping pong.
Well known alumni include:
- Author and actor David LeMaster
- Professional golfers Chad Campbell and Kenneth Ferrie
- NBA players Mookie Blaylock, Spud Webb, Nathan Jawai, and Milt Palacio
Midland is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the American Veterinary Medical Association, Federal Aviation Administration, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Informatics and Information Management Education, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs, Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, Texas Board of Nursing, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Texas Certification Board of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, and Texas Department of State Health Services.
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