Friday, June 28, 2013

Seen Through a Digital Eye, #1

visit the MC Computer Graphics web page

MC Flag at Half-Staff

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The Midland College flag will fly at half-staff through Sunday, June 30, in memory of Velma Pando, a Spanish teacher at Early College High School @ MC.

Pando was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Odessa on Wednesday, June 26.

She was a favorite teacher at ECHS, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and students.

MRT Education Reporter Meredith Moriak has written a lovely tribute to her. You can read that tribute at this link.

There is no word on services at this time.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Get a "Texas Genuine" Education at MC: Administrative Assistant

Volunteerism and family drive MC grad to succeed

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events 

During Irma Bueno’s senior year at Midland High School, her father was diagnosed with renal failure. Irma knew that the most important thing she could do for her father — who never got any further in his education than elementary school — would be to complete high school. So, she persisted and graduated in 2008 with honors.

“It was at Midland High that I learned about the Legacy Scholarship,” explained Bueno. “I wanted to go to college but there was no way my family could afford it. I was already a member of Midland High’s Students in Philanthropy [SIP] club, and I knew about the importance of giving back to nonprofit agencies. The 40-hour volunteer requirement did not deter me in the least. I volunteered at the Soup Kitchen and with Christmas for Our Troops.”

Since 1986, the Midland's Legacy Scholarship Program has provided tuition assistance to Midland County high school graduates who attend Midland College. The scholarship is built on the legacy left by four great Midland families — Gladys and George Abell, Helen and Barney Greathouse, Harriet and J. Harvey Herd and the Clarence Scharbauer Family — who invested their time and resources to help build Midland into the community that it is today. The philosophy of these community builders ensures that graduates of Midland County high schools are able to continue to take advantage of higher education at Midland College. In return for the scholarship, which pays their tuition and fees, students volunteer community service hours with an approved Midland non-profit organization.

Bueno continued to volunteer with the non-profit agencies throughout her two years at Midland College and transferred her SIP membership to Midland College Students In Philanthropy. She explained, “Being involved in SIP helped me to adjust to college life. I was pretty overwhelmed when I first started taking classes at MC, but the instructors and staff were so accommodating. They encouraged me to get ‘connected.’ I would definitely say that Midland College has a ‘user-friendly’ environment.”

While she was at MC, Bueno became involved in student activities, made good grades and enjoyed college life. She was able to finance her college tuition through the Legacy Scholarship and the Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship. Her father was undergoing dialysis and was awaiting a kidney transplant. Then, suddenly, during Irma’s last semester at MC, the same disease that affected her father’s kidneys spread to his lungs; he was hospitalized and removed from the kidney transplant list, with little hope for recovery. “There were times during that last semester when I didn’t think I could continue with my studies,” said Bueno. “I was working in the Community Programs Continuing Education office at MC in order to earn some money to help me afford to stay in school, and I was taking a full load of courses so that I could graduate.”

Bueno credits her parents, siblings, friends and MC faculty and staff with giving her the love and encouragement to continue that last semester. She received an associate of arts degree from Midland College in 2010 and transferred to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB). Because of the connections she made while at Midland College, Bueno was able to fund her studies at UTPB with the Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship and the Abell-Hanger Foundation Education Continuance Scholarship, both of which are awarded to deserving Midland College students in order to continue their studies.

Bueno said, “Words cannot express how grateful I am to those private foundations for their belief in me and their willingness to provide financial assistance for my education. I don’t think people realize the opportunities provided by starting their higher education at Midland College. Because of the scholarships I received while at MC and then by graduating from MC and transferring to a university, I was able to graduate with my bachelor’s degree completely debt free! Had I not gone to Midland College, I may not have had the resources to complete a baccalaureate degree, or at the very least, I would probably be starting my career owing money in student loans.”

A native Midlander, 23-year-old Bueno said she truly enjoys working in the non-profit sector and helping to improve the quality of life for West Texans. During her senior year at UTPB, Bueno worked as an intern for Casa de Amigos in Midland. She now works as a client advocate for Safe Place, where she assists victims of domestic violence and their children.

Bueno stated, “The minute I stepped in the doors of Safe Place for that initial interview, I knew this was the place for me.”

She continues to live in Midland with her parents. Her father recovered from his lung illness, and in April of 2012 he received the long-awaited kidney transplant from an anonymous donor at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Her mother is employed as a housekeeper.

Irma’s two older siblings, Ruben and Ana are also products of Midland College. The family of five—six, if you include their beagle named Bruno—enjoy spending time with each other. Irma said that after almost having lost her dad, the family feel blessed to be able to continue to be together.

Irma said, “I’m not sure we will ever know who my father’s kidney donor is. We were told it was a young person. I know that his or her family has suffered a great loss, but I hope they realize that in even the darkest hour, there’s always a chance for happiness. Because of their loved one’s gift, my father is able to live.”

“My parents are my true drive,” continued Bueno. “They are my rock and my strength. Neither of them graduated from high school, and they always wanted more for their children. Despite my mom working long hours and my father being sick, they never missed attending my school events and high school and college graduations. They participated in everything—even the SIP fundraisers! My diplomas are as much theirs as they are mine.”

Get more out of your summer, AND a start on your fall, at MC

There's still time for you to get more out of your summer by registering for a Summer Semester Session II class at Your College.

Online and walk-in registration for Session II of MC's Summer Semester is well underway. Session 2 classes (online and classroom)  begin Thursday, July 11th, and will continue through Friday August 16th.

Walk-in registration takes place in the Scharbauer Student Center, on the MC Main Campus. During the summer, MC is open Mondays-Thursdays, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

And speaking of "online" ... Online registration for the Fall Semester at Midland College has begun. Walk-in registration for the fall semester begins Monday August 5th. The first day of classes is Monday, August 26th.

Here are some helpful links to help you get started and find YOUR place at Your College ...

Application & Registration Info

Interactive Summer Course Schedule

Online Student Catalog

Register Online with Campus Connect 

For more information about admissions and registration at Midland College, call (432) 685-6426, or go to ...

Whew ... I mean, seriously ... WHEW!

Taken yesterday evening, on my way home from work ...

... and NO, I don't care if it is a dry heat!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

REMINDER ... Midland College BEDC to host fraud prevention webinar TOMORROW

TOMORROW, the Midland College Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) will host a local viewing of the Texas Department of Banking's webinar "Fraud Prevention for Seniors and Identity Theft."

This free event will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in the Midland College Cogdell Learning Center Lecture Hall.

Recommended attendees include community leaders and representatives from financial institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and schools.  Please see the event flyer below.

You may register with Nancy at 684-4309 or 

... did I mention it's TOMORROW?

NATO delegation to visit Midland College

International delegation visiting Midland College to study economic, energy and environmental issues

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events 

On Thursday, June 27, Midland College (MC) will host a delegation of 28 international dignitaries representing the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Subcommittee on Transatlantic Economic Relations and Subcommittee on Energy and Environmental Security.

According to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly website, NATO is very much concerned with “the coverage of economic issues, which, while not featuring centrally on NATO's agenda, have nevertheless been of critical importance to the Atlantic community of nations. Transatlantic trade and investment relations have under-girded economic development in the Atlantic space, reinforced political solidarity and stability, and helped countries finance their security obligations.”

The group visiting Texas includes representatives from Turkey, Romania, Canada, Italy, Norway, France, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. Before arriving in Midland, the delegation will meet with corporate experts and national and state officials in Austin and San Angelo to discuss economic growth through technology, military airpower and aerospace defense, renewable energy, environmental challenges and water security. The Midland meeting to be held in the Midland College Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room will focus on the shale oil boom that is currently affecting Texas and how Midland College has effectively helped to prepare a skilled workforce to meet industry employment demands.

Director of the Midland College Petroleum Professional Development Center Hoxie Smith stated, “We are thrilled that NATO chose Midland and Midland College to learn more about Texas’ oil and gas activity and the role that community colleges play in helping to stimulate economic development. Even though community colleges are unique to the United States, I’m sure that members of the delegation will be able to see how some of our principles and training techniques can be applied in other countries and on an international level.”

During their two-day stay in Midland, the group will also tour one of Chevron's training facilities, Fasken Oil & Ranch Ltd's field operations and meet with members of the Midland City Council and visit the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum.

Reminder: MC Lady Chap Volleyball's 2013 summer camps for girls take place in July

Some people may be looking forward to kicking-back and taking it easy this summer ... but that does not include Coach Tammie Jimenez and her staff as they prepare for the 2013 edition of the popular MC Lady Chaparral Volleyball Summer Camps ... set for July at Midland College.

MC Lady Chaparral Girls Volleyball "All Skills" Camp

These camp sessions are designed for girls grades 7-12, who are hoping to develop in all areas of volleyball. This camp will focus on all aspects of the game with emphasis on fundamentals. On the court instruction will include work on these areas: serving, serve reception, forearm and overhead passing, setting, attacking, team defense, blocking, attack coverage, and team transition. Time will also be devoted to specific position training and team concepts.

Head Clinician: Tammie Jimenez, MC Volleyball Coach

Monday, July 22nd - Friday, July 26th

9:00 am - 12:00 pm (7th & 8th grades only)

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (9th - 12th grades only)

Cost - $100.00

For more information, and to register, please go to

You may also contact:
Tammie Jimenez
Volleyball Coach
(432) 685-4650

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Take a break from the heat, and enjoy the new exibit at MC's McCormick Gallery

Now Showing the McCormick Gallery
 "Landscapes by David Michael Brady"

June 13 - July 26, 2013 
Hearne, Texas

David Michael Brady
"Hearne artist David Michael Brady has seen the world. As a construction inspector he traveled to Peru, Chili, Bolivia, and all over Europe," KBTX-TV's Shane McAuliffe reported during a visit to Brady's The Potter's House studio. "But David's passion in life is art and after inheriting his grandparent's land in Hearne 12 years ago, Brady dropped his job and concentrated on what he loved most."

read the rest of McAuliffe's report
watch a video of McAullife's visit to Brady's studio
Guadalupe River, Hunt, Texas
McCormick Gallery Summer Hours
Monday - Thursday 8 am - 5 pm
Closed Friday, Saturday & Sunday

McCormick Gallery
Allison Fine Arts Building
Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield
Midland, Texas 79705
(432) 685-4765

Still time to be a part of MC Lady Chap Basketball's 2013 summer camps for girls

Some people may be looking forward to kicking-back and taking it easy this summer ... but that does not include Coach Ron Jones and his staff as they prepare for the 2013 edition of the popular MC Lady Chaparral Basketball Summer Camps ... set for July at Midland College.

Session I: FUNdamental Camp
July 15th-18th, 2013
Grades 3rd-12th
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost-$90.00 (includes camp t-shirt)

Session II: Shooting Camp
July 15th-18th, 2013
Grades 7th-12th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost-$60.00 (includes camp t-shirt)

Camps Feature:

    Individual instruction on the fundamentals of basketball
    Camp directed by Head Coach Ron Jones
    Fun skill competitions and drills
    Divided by age groups
    Positive learning environment

For more information, and to register, please go to this page at
You may also contact:

Ron Jones
Women's Basketball Coach


Ginger Gatliff
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

This a good reason why we work in education and in athletics

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

MRT Photo by Cindeka Nealy
Dwayne Davis played for Midland College in the 2010-11 season and completed his intercollegiate basketball career at the University of Southern Mississippi.  He earned a degree from Midland College (2011) and his bachelor's from Southern Mississippi (2013). 

I defy anyone who reads this to compare their background to that of Davis.  This kid defied incredible odds and has a real chance at life.  Student-athletes by and large are not honor students, but over 65% of our student-athletes earn their Associate degrees in their time at Midland College.  Here's one more example of something we did right. 

I'm proud of what we do here at Midland College because we take chances on kids.  Sometimes it works out and there are times when our risks don't turn out well.  What most people don't know is more often than not, the student-athletes we work with, turn out to be productive people in society.

Homeless as a teen, draft prospect Dwayne Davis may soon find home in NBA

By Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger
Yahoo Sports Blog

On the day his mother died from complications of lupus almost a decade ago, Dwayne Davis remembers coming home from school to find the living room full of the same flowers and balloons that once surrounded her hospital bed.

At first, Davis was elated because he assumed doctors had finally allowed Lawanda Smallwood to return home. Only after a tearful conversation with his step-dad did the 13-year-old discover the tragic truth.

read the rest of Eisenberg's story 

AP Photo from The Dagger

Monday, June 24, 2013

MC's Community Programs CE adds Online Driver Education program

Community Programs Continuing Education at Midland College and SAFETY-USA are partnering to offer comprehensive courses for earning your Texas driver’s license, dismissing a traffic ticket, and more!

Midland College and SAFETY-USA are proud to offer three online Texas Education Agency approved driving courses. The SAFETY-USA Teen Driver Education (course fee $129.95) course is required for students ages 14-17 seeking their Texas driver license for the first time. The Adult Driver Education (course fee $65) course is required for first time Texas driver license applicants ages 18-25. The Defensive Driving Course (course fee $25) is approved for traffic ticket dismissal by all Texas courts and can also be used for a discount on automotive insurance.

MC Associate Director of Community Programs Continuing Education Brenda Cordero explained, “Over the past several years, we have had numerous requests to offer driver safety courses. We wanted to make sure we offer quality courses that are affordable and flexible to meet busy schedules. We did some investigating and found the courses at Safety-USA meet all those requirements.”

For more information or to register, please call (432) 685-4518 or visit and click on the “Online Driver Education” tab in the left-hand navigation bar.

visit the MC Online Driver Education program website

SAFETY-USA has offered comprehensive courses to over 100,000 people and has over 10 years of experience in driver training and driver safety courses. Our staff of experts have designed online courses that remain the best in the industry. All courses are available online and are completed at your own pace around your busy schedule. They offer 24-hour 7-days-a-week, Texas-based customer service if you have any questions or need assistance with their course. Their goal is to make earning your driver license dismissing a traffic ticket or as easy as possible.

MC Upward Bound fun run to benefit Red Cross Disaster Relief

From Pervis Evans
Upward Bound Director, Midland College

A FRIENDLY REMINDER ... The Upward Bound Summer Program Fun Run/Walk will be tomorrow (Tuesday, June 25th) at 7:00 p.m. in the Chaparral Center parking lot!

Each year, the American Red Cross immediately responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S., ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions.

People count on the Red Cross to help them in their darkest hour. In turn, the support of donors makes it possible for the Red Cross to fulfill its humanitarian mission. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations who invest in the Red Cross.

To find out more about American Red Cross disaster services programs at work, please visit The Red Cross Disaster Online Newsroom, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Linkedin and Social Vibe.

Manage workplace risks this summer, with free help from Midland College

A schedule of free courses being offered this summer by the Risk Management Institute at Midland College, is now available online.

 • CLICK HERE for your copy of the schedule (Adobe .pdf file)

Since the inception of the Risk Management Institute at Midland College in May 2006, more than 2,300 people have participated in the program. Approximately 70 percent of participants are from the oil and gas industry, with the remaining participants from city government, health care and other industries.

The seminars include a wide variety of risk management/safety topics. These courses range from general safety topics, such as back safety, ergonomics, fall protection and OSHA standards, to specific topics such as Introduction to Safety Management, Confined Spaces, HAZCOM, Forklift Safety, Drug and Alcohol Awareness for Supervisors, H2S Certification, CPR/First Aid & Blood-Borne Pathogens, and a variety of courses designed for fieldwork in the energy industry.

The seminars are four (4) to thirty (30) hours in duration and are offered at no cost to the student. Texas Mutual Insurance Company’s generous contributions to the program allows students to receive, at no cost, CEU’s for completing the seminars.

For more information about the Risk Management Institute at Midland College, please visit or call (432) 681-6303.

Friday, June 21, 2013

New computer user? The course for YOU starts Tuesday at MC Workforce CE

Daniel Johnson, Marketing Representative
MC Workforce CE

Continuing Education is for non-traditional students who wish to further their education for personal or professional reasons. Whether you're looking to move up on the job ladder, delve into a new career path, or simply explore new ideas, each course will provide unique learning opportunities to help you achieve your goals.

With convenient class times, one-day live seminars, and a wide variety of online courses, students can tailor their educational experiences to accommodate their schedules.

Workforce CE classes are always popping up so be sure to check out for more details and information on Workforce CE classes.

Contact Daniel Johnson at or 432-681-6330 to register

Introduction to Computers
Venturing into the world of computers can be an intimidating prospect for new users. This course takes the fear out of computer use by providing you with hands-on, instructor-led training that introduces topics such as computer terminology, navigating the computer, using the mouse, and working in the Windows environment.

CB02 124Q
June 25 – July 7
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Instructor: Katrieva Jones-Munroe

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Get a "Texas Genuine" Education at MC: Welding Technology

MC English Department launching new writers' group this fall

The English Department at Midland College has announced the formation of a writers' group beginning this fall.  The group will meet to read, critique, and encourage creative writing of all genres ... fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The group plans  to host regional writers, as well, to speak on topics of interest.

The group will be open to MC faculty, staff, students, and to all members of the Permian Basin community who are interested, no matter their age or background. 

More details will be forthcoming as the fall semester approaches.

For more information and to get on an e-mail list, contact Dr. Pamela Howell, MC English faculty, at (432) 685-4628 or

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Student attends leadership congress in Washington, D.C.

Mark Tijerina
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events 

Part of the mission of the intensive Upward Bound college preparatory program is to foster leadership in its student participants. A large portion of Midland College’s (MC) Upward Bound program focuses on that leadership component.

On June 8-13, MC Upward Bound program participant and Lee High School senior Mark Tijerina attended the 24th Annual National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC) in Washington, D.C. Tijerina was one of 150 students from 25 states, Puerto Rico and Guam who took part in the week-long program. MC Upward Bound Director Pervis Evans said that Tijerina was nominated for this honor because of his leadership qualities.

“During the three years Mark has been in Upward Bound, I have observed strong leadership potential in him,” said Evans. “He is a strong advocate for Upward Bound and regularly approaches our staff about ways to improve the program for our students. We knew he would represent us well in D. C.” During their week in Washington, the students stayed at American University and participated in an interactive workshop on conflict resolution, attended discussions about college, visited the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, went on a historical and cultural tour of Washington, DC, attended a performance at the Kennedy Center and visited with members of Congress.

One of the highlights of NSLC is the Mock Congress. The activity is designed to extend the values of democracy and citizen participation by engaging the students in activities that address current issues of concern and increase students’ analytical skills to successfully prioritize important issues and courses of action. The Mock Congress also enables students to better understand the legislative process. In the Mock Congress, the students examine current issues and discuss viewpoints for and against the issue. They must research, write, debate and develop bills of legislation. The steps of the process are similar to those in Congress itself. Students examine the topic, select a subtopic for the subcommittee, research and craft the bill in subcommittee, sponsor debate of the merits of the bill, complete final mark up on the bill to be ready for full floor reading and voting, and present the bill to the full “Congress.”

Some of the bills introduced in this year’s Mock Congress included violence in video games, protection of privacy in social media, school cafeterias’ impact on the nation’s obesity problem and same-sex marriage. The students conducted research on these various topics in order to enable them to argue both sides of the issue.

The week concluded with a leadership banquet, talent show and dance.

Monday morning, on the path to my office

Washed by overnight rains, then illuminated by the morning's first rays of sunlight, the campus was especially pretty on my walk to the office, earlier this week.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MC Auto Tech Program Receives Accreditation

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

During the spring, the Midland College Automotive Technology program completed a rigorous recertification process in order to continue to be accredited by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).

MC Automotive/Diesel Technology Program Chair Pete Avalos explained, “NATEF accreditation brings with it program credibility, prestige, recognition and overall program improvement. NATEF accreditation ensures that Midland College’s program benefits students as well as future employers. Employers who hire our students will know that MC students have been trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are NATEF certified. This means that the Permian Basin automotive industry has a pool of highly trained automotive technicians who have received associate degrees and technical certifications from Midland College.”

The reaccreditation process involved an extensive self-evaluation performed by program instructors, administrators and the program’s advisory committee members. During the evaluation process, equipment and training were compared to national standards, and the results were submitted to NATEF for review. An on-site evaluation program was subsequently conducted by ASE master-certified and trained technicians to ensure that industry requirements are being met. Now that MC has received final approval, the program is accredited for an additional 5 years.

In the approval notification letter addressed to MC Dean of Applied Technology Curt Pervier, NATEF President Patricia Serratore wrote, “We commend you and your staff for maintaining your program’s standards and continuing to meet the industry’s requirements. The explosion in automotive technology makes your high-quality automotive training program more valuable than ever.”

The Midland College Automotive Technology program is housed at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center located at 3200 W. Cuthbert in Midland. MC automotive faculty provide training for MC students seeking associate degrees and technical certifications as well as MISD students enrolled in dual enrollment automotive technology classes. During the past 10 years, MC’s program has doubled in size and has expanded to include collision and repair certification as well as diesel technology training.


Love of history inspired MC grad to pursue higher education

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Twenty-eight-year-old Sarah Lopez shares her passion for history with her deceased grandfather Jesus Alvarado, a Mexican immigrant who passed away in 2007. In fact, Mr. Alvarado encouraged Lopez to begin her college career, and he was the main reason that she wanted to complete her associate degree at Midland College (MC).

Lopez, a 2003 graduate of Midland High School, said, “My grandfather made me realize that it is important to know about our past. He became a U. S. citizen in the 1990s after taking citizenship classes at MC and is the reason I started attending college in the first place. He paid for my first couple of semesters at Midland College.”

Even though Lopez began taking classes right out of high school, it was 10 years before she was able to complete her associate degree.

“I had to drop out of school for a while to get a job in order to help my family, and then when my grandfather became ill, I had to help take care of him,” explained Lopez. “I think one of the reasons I value education so much is because it hasn’t been easy for me to get where I am today.”

However, Lopez has persisted. She is the first member of her family to graduate from college with an associate degree. She said that she is grateful her high school counselor encouraged her to begin taking classes at MC.

“MC has such a caring environment,” said Lopez. “The classes are small and the instructors take time to make sure you understand the material.”

She fondly recalls her MC history and government classes with Lee Almaguer and Dr. Todd Houck. In fact, in summer 2012, Lopez participated in Almaguer and Houck’s travel/study course to Washington, D.C., Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Lopez said that after taking that course, her interest in history and government grew even more.

“It was great to be able to see the places where events happened that helped to shape our country,” said Lopez. “I wish that my grandfather could have experienced those places. Being a naturalized U. S. citizen, he would have loved having the opportunity to visit those places that he studied when he was taking citizenship classes.”

In August, Lopez will resume her study of history and government at Angelo State University (ASU) where she will major in history and minor in criminal justice. Eventually, she plans to relocate to Austin and begin a career in state government.

Monday, June 17, 2013

REMINDER ... Traffic advisory for MC's main campus

Just a reminder ... the second session of Kids' College at MC kicks-off today, and there will be a LOT of kiddos on the move, all around our main campus. There will also be a LOT of extra traffic as said kiddos are dropped-off or picked up, especially during the noon hour, and around five o'clock in the afternoon.
PLEASE ... take your time, and take care during your visit to our main campus over the next two weeks.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Chap Baseball's Fagnan named NJCAA's Player of the Year

JC BASEBALL: MC's Fagnan earns NJCAA's top baseball honor 

MRT Photo by James Durbin
By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS (MRT) - Jeremie Fagnan said he will always remember the hard work and time he spent bonding with his Midland College baseball teammates this past season.

On Wednesday, Fagnan received an honor that will surely add to the memories of playing for the Chaparrals. Fagnan, the sophomore outfielder, was named as the ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA Division I Player of the Year.

Read the rest of LeRoy's report

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Get a "Texas Genuine" Education at MC: Sonography

MC Offers Accelerated Courses for Professional Development

Midland College announces summer Workforce Continuing Education classes designed for professional development
and skill attainment

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The Midland College Workforce Continuing Education Department offers accelerated training in various formats. Convenient class times, one-day live seminars and online courses allow Midlanders to tailor their educational experiences to accommodate summer schedules.

Ed2go online courses are offered each month at a cost of $99 per course. Students can choose from topics such as accounting and finance, business, college readiness, computer applications, design and composition, language and arts, personal development, teaching and education, technology, and writing and publishing. A complete list of all online Ed2go courses can be found at

In addition to these online courses, Permian Basin residents can also receive hands-on classroom training in various computer software applications including Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. Basic- and intermediate-level courses are available at a cost of $149 each. The cost includes 8 hours of training in two 4-hour increments, either on a Tuesday and Thursday or on a Monday and Wednesday of the same week. To view class schedules and to register, visit

MC Workforce Continuing Education Marketing Representative Daniel Johnson explained, “Offering the course for 4 hours at a time on two separate days allows students the opportunity to ‘practice’ the skills they learned the first day before the class meets the second day. With the training covering just two days, students are only committed to one week of class, which allows them flexibility for summer vacation schedules.”

Johnson continued, “Whether students are looking to move up the job ladder, delve into a new career path or simply explore new ideas, each course will provide unique learning opportunities to help achieve individual goals.”

In addition to these published courses, Midland College will also custom tailor courses to meet the employee training needs for a particular business or organization. For more information on this service provided to the Midland business community, please contact Johnson at (432) 681-6330.

MC's "Your College" Blog featured on list of "Great Resources for Resident Assistants"

By Scott Hawksworth
Founder @YesCollegeCom

I'm pleased to let you know that our article, Be A Great RA & Help Pay For College: 75 Top Resources, has been published, and MC's "Your College" Blog is featured in it!

You can check it out here:

One of our goals is helping students learn how to better afford college. Since resident assistants often are compensated with free housing, meals, a paycheck, or sometimes all three, we think it's a great job to have in college!

Being an RA isn't easy, though. They have a great deal of responsibility for planning activities, building communities, and dealing with difficult situations in their residence halls. We built this list to help our readers understand what being an RA is all about, and whether it is a good way for them to soften the impact of their college expenses while having some great experiences.

We're hoping to get this list out to as many prospective students and potential RAs as possible,

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Golf enthusiasts link-up for benefit scramble

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album
Our 3rd annual "Technical Shoot-Out" Golf Scramble was held June 7, 2013, at Hogan Park.

Now more than ever, Midland needs trained technicians and Midland College needs your help to enable students to stay in college and become productive, skilled employees.

This fundraising event provides scholarships for students pursuing degrees and certificates in MC's Applied Technology programs. To date, we have raised in excess of $15,000.00 and helped over 20 students stay in college.

This effort is supporting students enrolled in MC's Air Conditioning/Heating, Automotive, Aviation Maintenance, Business Systems, Computer Graphics, Diesel Technology, Energy Technology, Information Technology and Welding Technology programs.

Should you have questions, please contact Curt Pervier at or 685‐4676, or Karen Harris at or 685‐4799.

Design, create art with MC Continuing Ed

Coming up this summer from MC Community Programs Continuing Education ... "Fused Mosaics"

"Fused Mosaics" will combine the art of mosaics with the endless creativity of fused glass art. You will design and create an original mosaic art panel suitable for hanging.

Fused Mosaics
9007 124Q
Instructor: Leslie Slaughter
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-25, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

For more information about this and other Continuing Education courses at MC, please contact:

Brenda Cordero (432) 685-4724 

TOMORROW ... McCormick Gallery unveils Summer 2013 art show

McCormick Gallery at Midland College presents the Summer 2013 Art Show featuring “Landscapes by David Michael Brady.” The show begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while viewing landscape oil paintings by native Midlander David Michael Brady.

The show will be on display in McCormick Gallery through July 25. McCormick Gallery is located in the Allison Fine Arts Building on the Midland College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact gallery director J. Don Wallace at (432) 685-4765.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Still time to set your sights on summer at Your College!

The end of spring and the beginning of summer CAN be a hectic time for some of us. Missed the deadline to register for Session I of MC's Summer Semester? ... No problem! ... There's still time to register for Session II, and get a jump on fall this summer, at Your College.

Online and walk-in registration for Session II of MC's Summer Semester is NOW underway.

Session 2 begins Thursday, July 11th!

Here are some helpful links to help you get started and find YOUR place at Your College ...

Application & Registration Info

Interactive Summer Course Schedule

Online Student Catalog

Register Online with Campus Connect 

For more information about admissions and registration at MC, call (432) 685-6426, or go to ...

Take an MC Workforce Continuing Education course this summer

Daniel Johnson, Marketing Representative
MC Workforce CE

What Is Continuing Education?

Continuing Education is for non-traditional (non-admitted) students who wish to further their education for personal or professional reasons. Whether you're looking to move up on the job ladder, delve into a new career path, or simply explore new ideas, each course will provide unique learning opportunities to help you achieve your goals.

With convenient class times, one-day live seminars, and a wide variety of online courses, students can tailor their educational experiences to accommodate their schedules.

Many courses offer the continued training and education you need to receive Continuing Education Units for your professional field

Workforce CE classes are always popping up so be sure to check out for more details and information on Workforce CE classes.

Contact Daniel Johnson at or 432-681-6330 to register

Summer 2013 Courses


This instructor-led course teaches the basic functions and features of Excel 2010. After an introduction to spreadsheet terminology and Excel's window components, course covers how to use the Help system and navigate worksheets and workbooks. Course demonstrates how to enter and edit text, values, formulas, and pictures, and save workbooks in various formats. The course covers subjects such as how to move and copy data, learn about absolute and relative references, and work with ranges, rows, and columns. This course also covers simple functions, basic formatting techniques, and printing. You will explore how to create and modify charts, and learn how to manage large workbooks.8 hours/.8 CEUs
XE13 124Q
June 18 & 20
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Margaret Saunders

Microsoft EXCEL 2010: Intermediate
 This instructor-led course builds on the skills and concepts taught in Excel 2010: Basic. Course covers how to use multiple worksheets and workbooks efficiently, and will work with more advanced formatting options including styles, themes, and backgrounds. Course will also cover how to create outlines and subtotals, how to create and apply cell names, and how to work with tables. Will also be taught to save workbooks as Web pages, insert and edit hyperlinks, and learn to share workbooks by email. This course covers advanced charting techniques, use of trend lines and spark lines, worksheet auditing and protection, file sharing and merging, and workbook templates. Finally, students will learn to work with PivotTables and Pivot Charts... 8 hours/.8 CEUs
XE14 124Q
June 24 & 26
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Margaret Saunders

Introduction to Computers
Venturing into the world of computers can be an intimidating prospect for new users. This course takes the fear out of computer use by providing you with hands-on, instructor-led training that introduces topics such as computer terminology, navigating the computer, using the mouse, and working in the Windows environment.
CB02 124Q
June 25 – July 7
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Instructor: Katrieva Jones-Munroe

Word 2010: Basic
Microsoft Word offers many formatting options and tools for organizing and creating your documents more efficiently. This basic course covers entering and editing text, inserting graphics, saving and browsing documents, creating tables, headers, and footers, and proofing and printing documents. 8 hours/.8 CEUs
XX00 124Q
July 9 & 11
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Margaret Saunders

Office 2010: Update
This course covers those features of Microsoft Office 2010 that are new to the Office system, with dedicated units for the new features of each application. In Word, the course will cover how to use the Navigation pane and apply new text effects. In Excel they will use spark lines, filter data with slicers, and create a PivotChart. In PowerPoint they will organize slides into sections, edit movie clips, apply animation effects, and learn how to broadcast slide shows. In Outlook they will manage e-mail conversations, create Quick Steps, and use the People Pane. In Access, they will learn how to use the tabbed document window, create Lookup list fields, and use the data type gallery.
12 hours/ 1.2 CEUs
XM12 124Q
July 15 - 31
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Instructor: Katrieva Jones-Munroe


TDLR Update Course
This Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation approved course provides 2.5 hours of instruction, one (1) hour of instruction in safety, and .30 minutes of instruction in the rules and laws regulating the electrical industry in Texas. NOTE: Preregistration is required. Participants MUST bring a photo ID and their electrical license to class NO EXCEPTIONS. Prepayment is required. Payment WILL NOT is accepted on the day of class. Class begins promptly at 8:30 am. Classroom doors locked after that time. Students are advised but not required to bring the NEC Codebook to class. All classes held at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert.
June 22
8:30 am – 12:30 pm

July 27
8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLS’c)
 Designed as a continuation of Introduction to Ladder Logic, this course focuses on working with programmable logic controllers. Instruction topics include: PLC functions, real life applications, howPLCs can make your job easier, terminology and hardware components, and further instruction in programming language. By the end of the class, you will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of basic PLC programming by writing a working PLC program.

EL29 124Q
July 8 – 31
Monday & Wednesday
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

$35 course manual required

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