Wednesday, July 31, 2013

MC Club Fair registration NOW OPEN!


From Stephanie VanCuren
Student Activities Coordinator

The Fall 2013 Club Fair will be Wednesday, August 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Beal Plaza! You can register a table for your department or organization simply by going online to the Student Activities Web page and clicking on the link below the flyer!

Please be sure to review the rules and regulations before signing up. Registration for tables is required and must be done online.

Registration deadline for your organization is Friday, August 23.

For more information, please reply to this email or give me a call!

Stephanie VanCuren
Midland College
3600 N. Garfield
Midland, Texas 79705
(432) 685-4543
svancuren@midland.edu 

MC to host info sessions for HITECH Workforce Program

HITECH/HIM Info Sessions will be held in the Carrasco Room (in the north building of the Scharbauer Student Center) on Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.; and on Tuesday, September 24 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (morning session) and 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (evening session)

For more information, contact:
Sonya Laster
(432) 685-6891
slaster@midland.edu 


The HITECH Workforce Program is designed to cross train professionals with two years of experience or two years of education in either healthcare or Information Technology. Training will provide the individuals with  knowledge, skills, and aptitudes necessary to implement and maintain electronic health records system in hospitals, physician's offices and clinics. 
 
more information about the program 

Chap Basketball alum in the news ...

The last couple of days has seen news coverage - in print, on television and in the social media - of the latest developments in the life and career of an MC Chaparral Basketball alum ... Anthony "Spud" Webb. The former NJCAA star turned 50 earlier this month, which prompted news coverage at the time ... but he's been back in the news more recently.

First, there's this story from Nick O'Malley of MassLive.com ...

"SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSSETS - Former NBA player Spud Webb is best known for being the winner of the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest and being one of the best little men in a big man's game. But during an appearance at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday, Webb discussed the work and effort that goes into being successful, in any arena."

The article also includes the story behind Webb's nickname.

read the rest of O'Malley's story, and you can watch some of Webb's Q&A with fans at the link below.


Then, there's this article from Spencer Lund, in the Style section of dimemag.com ...

"The old school brand, Pony, is back with their most famous sneaker, the City Wings. The City Wings initially came onto the sneaker scene during Spud Webb‘s surprising 1986 Slam Dunk Contest win over Hawks teammate Dominique Wilkins while rocking the low-top City Wings. That performance happened 27 years ago, and Spud just turned 50, but the City Wings are back and looking just as fresh."

The old-timer in me wishes they'd kept the low tops in the new tribute sneakers.

read the rest of Lund's story, and you can watch Webb in a commercial for the original Wings at the link below.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

All aboard the ceXpress for Fall 2013


The Department of Continuing Education’s mission is to provide the diverse populations of Midland College’s community with quality, life-long educational opportunities for professional development and personal enrichment ... with curriculum that meets your interest, and schedules that fit your timetable.

There are many, MANY ways they do that ... through Workforce CE, College Classics, Risk Management, Community Programs and so much more. See for yourself in the Fall 2013 edition of ceXpress, now available online in a downloadable/printable Adobe .pdf file.

CLICK HERE for your copy

REMINDER ... Evening Hours for MC Student Services

For your convenience, MC Admissions, Advising, Registrar and Financial Aid offices will remain open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.

These offices are located in the Dorothy & Clarence Scharbauer Student Center, on the MC Main Campus, at 3600 N. Garfield Street, in Midland.

MC Admissions
MC Advising
MC Financial Aid
MC Registrar

PLEASE NOTE: This does not include Tuesdays where the campus is closed during the day as part of holiday observances.

Enjoying the good life

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Momma, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys—instead, you may want to encourage them to be oilfield workers, like 21-year-old Omar Cruz. Having just graduated from MC’s Energy Technology Program in December 2012, Cruz now is employed as a field specialist for Chevron and enjoys “the good life.”

Cruz stated, “I’ve never had an extravagant lifestyle and still don’t, but it’s nice to be able to go out to eat at any restaurant, have enough money to pay for phone, rent and gas and then still be able to contribute toward my 401k. [Cruz said he contributes 2 percent of his salary and Chevron contributes 8 percent.] I’m also saving to buy a new truck, which I think I will be able to do in late fall.”

In June, he treated his parents and girlfriend to a five-day vacation in San Antonio. He explained that his parents took his older brother and him on vacations when they were growing up, and now Cruz is able to return the favor.

How is Cruz able to enjoy such luxuries at the tender of age of 21? One of the reasons is his strong work ethic and the fact that he found a career that he truly enjoys. He looks forward to continuing his climb up Chevron’s career ladder.

Cruz currently works in the Eunice Field in Eunice, New Mexico, about 90 miles from Midland. He lives in an RV in Eunice for eight days while he is on call and then has six days off, when he returns to Midland. His days in Eunice begin at 6:00 a.m. with checking on wells, checking tank batteries and gathering daily production data. He then drives to Chevron’s Eunice office and inputs the information digitally. Cruz said that his day is supposed to end around 4:30, but that’s not always the case. Many days he has to work later, but explained that he loves his job.

Cruz began taking Energy Technology classes at MC while he was still attending Lee High School in Midland. He took a safety class as a dual enrollment student at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, and said he immediately saw how his math skills could be applied toward a career in the energy industry. After graduating from Lee High School, Cruz enrolled in MC’s Energy Technology program and received an associate of applied science degree in December of 2012. He proudly boasts being the first college graduate in his family. During the summer of 2012, Cruz took advantage of Chevron’s partnership with MC and worked as a summer intern for Chevron. Chevron only hires people with associate degrees and higher, so as soon as Cruz graduated, Chevron hired him to start working as a full-time employee with complete benefits and the opportunity to advance within the company.

Cruz said that eventually he would like to become a Well Service Manager. At the present time, however, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Alejandra Jaramillo, playing sports, playing video games and watching movies. His 8-month-old miniature schnauzer Penelope also keeps him busy.

Cruz said, “I’m so glad that I found MC’s Energy Technology program. I’m proud to have graduated from Midland College, and I’m proud to be working for Chevron. I tell everyone about the great opportunities at Chevron, but first you need to learn the technology and get a degree. Three years ago, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Now, I have a career, make good money and enjoy life.”

Monday, July 29, 2013

MC to host specialized massage therapy seminar


Techniques for Massaging the Face & Neck
Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Midland College Advanced Technology Center
3200 W. Cuthbert, Midland
Seminar Fee: $350

Facilitated by Kate Rose Underwood, LMT, MTI, CE Provider, LE, LEI

Learn the most innovative techniques ever for lifting, firming and contouring the muscles of the face & neck !!! The seminar provides 12 hours of continuing education credit for Texas Licensed Massage Therapists.

This unique treatment takes 10-15 years off the appearance of the face and neck. It reduces puffiness, swelling and inflammation by gently moving collected lymphatics. It minimizes lines and wrinkles. The face and neck are left moisturized and glowing. Circulation is increased bringing a youthful blush.

On the therapeutic side, the treatment diminishes TMJ, chronic headaches, sinus and allergy problems and is wonderful for any kind of palsy in the face. It is the perfect treatment before cosmetic surgery — best surgical results assured with tighter facial muscles and skin — and for healing and maintaining post-surgical results.

Participants should bring the following to the seminar:

 • Massage table
 • Set of sheets
 • 4 hand towels
 • Crockpot (8 qt or larger)
 • 2 qt bowl (preferably plastic)
 • Pillow or bolster
 • Sack lunch and snacks

To register and obtain more information, please contact:

Wendy Wood-Collins
(432) 681-6354
wwoodcollins@midland.edu

Experiencing the sights and the sounds of Your College


Youngsters enjoy a hands-on tour of the music study, rehearsal and performance areas at Midland College.

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album

Are vaccinations on your 'college prep' list?

Just a reminder for those of you getting ready to begin classes at Midland College - or any Texas college and university - for the first time this fall ... beginning with the Spring 2012 semester, a new state law required all students entering institutions of higher education to show evidence of receiving a bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster dose during the five year period prior to enrollment and at least 10 days before the first day of the semester.

 • more information about the requirement (Adobe .pdf file)
 • form to request exemption from the requirement (Adobe .pdf file)
 • list of various meningitis vaccines (Adobe .pdf file)

UntitledIn addition to local pharmacies and medical offices, vaccinations are now also available through Midland Health & Senior Services:
$110.00, No Appointment Necessary

HOURS
Mondays - Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fridays - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Services available during lunch.

ADDRESS
3303 West Illinois, Space 22 (inside Kingsway Mall), Midland, Texas

CONTACT
(432) 681-7613

Get HITECH certified on YOUR timeline, at Your College


The HITECH Workforce Program at Midland College was developed specifically to cross-train and enhance skills to better equip healthcare and IT professionals.

Choose from five different certificate options:

Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign
   Specialist
Clinician/Practitioner Consultant
Implementation Manager
Dual Certificate for Technical and Implementation Support Specialist
Trainer

Choose your start date: Courses are eight weeks in length and students may take two courses per session. Six to eight courses are needed for each certificate.

These online courses prepare students for the national HITPRO Credentialing Exam ( www.hitproexams.org ).

For more information, contact us at hitech@midland.edu or (432) 685-6891.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Get a "Texas Genuine" Education at MC: Computer Graphics Technology

Free "Boost Basic Orientation & Oilfield" Class at MC Risk Management Institute

"Boost Basic Orientation & Oilfield" is one of the topics that will be covered during the month of August in free courses offered by MC.

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)

Boost Basic Orientation & Oilfield
(I042 124Q)
Thursday-Friday, August 1st - 2nd
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more information about these courses, and to register, please contact the Risk Management Institute at Midland College, at midland.edu/continuing_education/rmi or (432) 681-6303.

Make plans now, to be a hero in August

Here's an opportunity for you to step-up and 'Be a Hero!' ... and help a member of the Midland College family.

There has been an overwhelming response to the request for blood for MC Grounds employee Robert Allen.

Thanks to Betsy Fredericks' coordination, we have arranged to have United Blood Services on campus from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 12, in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room.

If you would like to schedule a time to donate on August 12, please contact Katherine Curry, kcurry@midland.edu, ext. 4555 (685-4555, if not on the main campus).

Unless you stipulate otherwise, all blood donated during the August 12 drive will go to Mr. Allen's credit, which means that our donations help to defray his blood transfusion costs that insurance will not cover.

And, just to let you know, United Blood Services staff told me that because of the increase in Midland's population and the large number of recent traffic accidents, Permian Basin blood supplies are extremely low.

Learn more about blood donation from United Blood Services at unitedbloodservices.org/

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Still time to get your blues on, with MC and the Tall City Blues Fest

Go ahead ... pick up that guitar ... or step up to that mic. No matter your age or your level of expertise, here's a wonderful opportunity to try something different, make some music and maybe even find a new interest - even passion - under the tutelage of a distinguished lineup of blues artists ... thanks to Midland College and the 2013 edition of Tall City Blues Fest.

There's still time to join the fun ... but you DO want to get a move on ...


Tall City Blues Fest, a two-day music festival, is offering educational clinics in partnership with Midland College. The clinics are part of a full weekend at the Festival, which this year takes place in downtown Midland's Centennial Plaza on July 26th and 27th, 2013. All of the clinics will be held on Saturday, July 27th, with professional artists from across North America serving as instructors.

Pre-registration is $15/clinic. Walk-up registrations are $20/clinic and will be taken for any clinics not already at full capacity. All proceeds go to help provide MC KIDS' COLLEGE scholarships at Midland College. Pre-registration is available through Midland College either online at midland.edu/cpce/registration or by calling (432) 685-4518.

This year's line-up of educational clinics:


♪ Vocal Workshop: Unleashing the Power of Your Voice (Ages 14+) 
9464 124Q
Hosted by: Shakura S'Aida (Toronto, Canada)
This vocal intensive will guide you in finding your true voice. Shakura will help you identify and strengthen your entire vocal and performance presentation. You’ll learn how to present yourself authentically on stage and to have confidence in your performance ability. You’ll gain a new understanding of your vocal capabilities and a fresh awareness of how strongly perceptions can be changed by the sound of your voice.

Times: 10-11:30 AM
What to Bring: An interest in singing and a willingness to stand on the edge and jump off.
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12


Blues Bass 101 (Ages 10+)
9465 124Q

Hosted by: Dave Parker (Midland, TX)
This workshop is an individualized interactive workshop that will examine the influence the Blues has had on the bass over a historical period of time. Using different genres of music as a tool, this workshop will help beginners with the basic building blocks of constructing bass lines and knowing when to play walking bass lines, 1-5 country bass lines or bluesy rock-n-roll riffs. For the more advanced participants, this workshop will offer some new riffs, licks and grooves and stimulate your creativity with playing bass.

Times: 12:30-1:30 PM
What to Bring: Your bass guitar and a small amp, if you have one.
Minimum: 2
Maximum: 12


The Elements of Song: Unlocking your Creative Spirit! (Ages 8 - 14)
9466 124Q

Hosted by: Kirsten Thien (New York, NY)
In this workshop, Kirsten will discuss the elements of a song and how to build a song from its initial inspiration to its completed form. We’ll play some classic Blues and Soul songs together and talk about the parts that make the song so compelling. What’s a “signature riff”? Where does the chorus go? How do we make a song universal and personal at the same time? How can one song inspire the creation of another, without copying? We’ll answer these questions and lay out the building blocks to unlocking our creative spirit through songwriting.

Times: 2:30-3:45 PM
What To Bring: If you play an instrument, bring it!
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12


♪ One-String Diddley Bow Workshop for Kids (Ages 8-14)
9467 124Q

Hosted by: Justin Johnson (Durham, NC)
This workshop explores the history and playing techniques of this fascinatingly simple traditional roots instrument. The student will learn how to play the Diddley Bow with a guitar slide, and learn songs in the Roots Blues style.

Times: 11 AM-12 PM
Diddley Bows and slides provided.
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 15


One-String Diddley Bow Workshop (Ages 14+)
9468 124Q

Hosted by: Justin Johnson (Durham, NC)
This workshop explores the history and playing techniques of this fascinatingly simple traditional roots instrument. Great for musicians of all skill levels. The student will learn how to play the Diddley Bow with a guitar slide, and learn songs in the Roots Blues style.  By the end of the class, students will also know how to play the Diddley Bow in a group setting, and even come up with their own Blues solos!

Times: 12:30-2 PM
Diddley Bows and slides provided.
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 15


Beginner 4-String Cigar Box Guitar Workshop (Ages 14+)
9469 124Q

Hosted by: Justin Johnson (Durham, NC)
This workshop is designed for students who are familiar with, or have some experience with the 6-String Guitar, and want to learn how to translate that knowledge to the 4-String Cigar Box Guitar (CBG). The student will learn how to play the Cigar Box Guitar in open and standard tunings, and will also learn Blues Slide Guitar techniques such as proper form, staying in tune, vibrato, left-hand muting, right-hand muting, anchoring, and modified Dobro techniques. The student will be provided with chord charts, tuning suggestions, and tips & tricks that will have them playing Cigar Box Guitar in no time! 

Times: 2:30-4 PM
Cigar Box Guitars and slides provided.
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 15

All clinics will be held on Saturday, July 27.

Pre-registration is available through Midland College either online at midland.edu/cpce/ or by calling (432) 685-4518. Pre-registration is $15/clinic. Walk-up registrations are $20/clinic and will be taken for any clinics not already at full capacity. All proceeds go to help provide MC KIDS' COLLEGE scholarships at Midland College.

About Tall City Blues Fest


Tall City Blues Fest is a family-friendly, indoor/outdoor music festival and will be held in downtown Midland, TX in Centennial Plaza on July 26-27. Presented by Riley Geological Consultants, TCBF hosts its line-up across two Main Stages, and also offers an outdoor Community Jam, educational clinics, an art auction and memorabilia raffle, food vendors, and a midnight spectator jam. In addition to bringing award-winning performers to West Texas, Tall City Blues Fest introduces new opportunities into the community, offers a culturally diverse attraction in West Texas and contributes positively to the quality of life, as well as creates tourism. Our Mission is to create an experience like none other that brings award-winning blues & roots music to West Texas and makes people feel enlightened, joy-filled & loved.

Electricians ... Register NOW for TDLR Update Course, this weekend 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.

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 www.midland.edu/workforce for more details and information on Workforce CE classes.

Contact Daniel Johnson at djohnson@midland.edu or 432-681-6330 to register.



TDLR Update Course

TDLR COURSE# 9922
TDLR APPROVED PROVIDER #1014

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 be 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.

EL31124QJuly 27
Saturday
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
$65.00

Midland College and Warren CAT to announce Diesel Technology technical internship program

On Thursday, July 25, Midland College (MC) and Warren CAT will host a press conference to announce technical internship opportunities in diesel technology.  Also in attendance at the conference will be representatives from the Midland Independent School District (MISD), Permian Basin Workforce Solutions and the Midland Chamber of Commerce.  The announcement will take place at 2:00 p.m. at MC’s Cogdell Technical Center located at 111 E. Florida in Midland.  The facility has recently been renovated to include modifications to incorporate Warren CAT’s internship program.

Willie Taylor, director of the Permian Basin Workforce Development Board, stated, “This partnership that Warren CAT and Midland College is currently pursuing will, no doubt, have a tremendous impact on the future of the diesel technician occupation in the region.  It is expected the Permian Basin will see a 36.4 percent increase in demand for diesel engine specialists between 2012 and 2020.  The Permian Basin Workforce Board is very appreciative of Warren CAT for providing this wonderful career opportunity for our local community.”

The new MC/Warren CAT internship program is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop skills needed for Warren CAT’s entry-level service technicians.  Training is tailored to consist of maintenance and repair of equipment manufactured by Caterpillar, Inc., as well as customer service skills.  Midland College will deliver a curriculum based on its Diesel Technology Associate Degree integrated with Caterpillar’s service technician curriculum.  Hands-on instruction incorporating Warren CAT’s equipment will be provided in a group environment.  MC diesel technology faculty have worked closely with Warren CAT personnel to design the training so that it simulates on-the-job situations.  The facility serves as a training site for Midland College students and MISD dual enrollment students.

Pete Avalos, MC Automotive/Diesel Technology program chair, stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students.  The connections that students who enter this program will be making with the industry are invaluable.  These students will not only receive standard industry training in diesel technology, but will also gain hands-on experience using equipment manufactured by one of the world’s leading diesel power and machinery companies.”

Jim Nelson, Dealer Principal of Warren CAT, acknowledged the tremendous benefit to students to have the opportunity to work on real equipment.  “While all engines are the same in their basic design, nothing can equal having an actual engine to take apart, troubleshoot and repair.  We are extremely pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Midland College.  With the development of the Cline Shale in the Permian Basin, our need for qualified technicians continues to grow.  At this time, we have job postings for 15 engine technicians at our Midland and Odessa locations.”

Curt Pervier, MC dean of Applied Technology, added, “Midland College is committed to working with local business and industry to provide in-demand training for the Permian Basin.  Partnerships like this are what furnishes Midland with a trained workforce, thereby helping to promote economic development.  We appreciate Warren CAT’s enthusiasm for this program and their trust in Midland College to supply them with a qualified pool of technicians.”
The training is an approved college program of study; therefore, students are eligible for regular Midland College advising, tutoring and financial aid assistance.  Students entering the program must meet minimum entry requirements acceptable to Warren CAT and Midland College.
Diesel Technology student at MC’s Cogdell Technical Building located on Florida Street.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Instructors needed for motorcycle safety training at MC


From Brenda Cordero
Associate Director, Community Programs CE

Motorcycle safety training has come to the Midland College campus! Community Programs Continuing Education has begun a partnership with Motorcycle Training Center of Dallas and is in need of instructors. The following is from MTC ...

MTC (Motorcycle Training Center) is looking for instructors (Rider Coaches) to teach the Basic Rider Course on the MC campus. MTC and the State of Texas will provide training and apprenticeships. You will become certified by the State of Texas to teach the class and MTC will schedule you and the students for the classes. The pay is great but the sense of giving back to the motorcycling community and helping others start out on the right foot is even better.

Successful applicants must have a clean criminal record, at least three years of history with a motorcycle endorsement on their license and a willingness to provide quality instruction and coaching to new riders within the approved curriculum. If this sounds interesting or you have questions about becoming a rider coach, please call our office at 1-800-410-4549 and ask to speak with the operations manager about becoming an RC! MTC has been teaching new riders in Midland since 2002!



For more information about the upcoming schedule of motorcycle safety courses at MC, you may contact Brenda Cordero at (432) 685-4724 or bcordero@midland.edu

Midland College to honor scholarship recipients

Midland College and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin recognize recipients of Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship

On Thursday, July 25, Midland College will host a “Recognition & Awards Ceremony” honoring recipients of the Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Midland College Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room.

Honorees will include 25 students who were recently notified that they will be receiving the four-year scholarship beginning in fall 2013, as well as MC and UTPB students who have made the Dean’s List or President’s List and those graduates who have earned technical certifications, associate and/or bachelor’s degrees within the past two years.

The scholarship funds tuition, fees and books for students at Midland College. Once a student has graduated from MC, the scholarship continues to provide funds for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in organizational management at MC or for students who wish to transfer to UTPB.

Students selected for the scholarship competed in an application process requiring transcripts, a personal essay, a letter of reference and a face-to-face interview with the selection committee. Preference in the selection process is given to applicants who are first-generation college students, who have participated in activities and services through the Cogdell Learning Center and who have demonstrated financial need balanced with evidence of their likelihood to succeed in college. Additionally, applicants must be willing to complete 20 hours of volunteer service for each academic year in which they are enrolled.

Liz Zenteno, associate director of the Midland College Cogdell Learning Center, said, “For many of these students, the Cogdell Learning Center has been their first encounter with higher education. Some of them came to Cogdell to complete their GED®; others first came here to brush up on computer skills in our free computer lab. Once they meet with an advisor and realize that a college certificate or degree is within their grasp, they are eager to begin to take classes, and we are so delighted that the Bill Pace Cogdell Charitable Trust believes in helping these students. The purpose of Thursday evening’s reception is to celebrate with them and their families for their hard work in getting this far.”

About Bill Pace Cogdell

Bill Pace Cogdell didn’t have an opportunity to attend college until he was in his 70s. However, when he did, he took many courses at MC. In 1992 after his retirement, Cogdell helped fulfill MC’s dream of establishing a presence in South Midland by donating buildings on Florida Street to house what is known today as the Cogdell Learning Center. The remodeled buildings are now home to English as a Second Language classes, GED® classes, literacy services available through Midland Need to Read, a limited number of MC credit classes, a variety of college outreach and transition services, a community-use computer lab and MC’s Business and Economic Development Center.

Mr. Cogdell passed away in 1994 at the age of 82. In 1999, the Bill Pace Cogdell Charitable Trust was established, making possible the dream of attaining a college education for many individuals who might not otherwise be able to attend college. Carol Subia, co-trustee of Cogdell’s estate, said, “Mr. Cogdell loved Midland and the people of West Texas. I am proud to be associated with this legacy that continues to have an impact on Midland!”

Monday, July 22, 2013

MC clinics offer chance to learn from visiting musical artists ... Shakura S'Aida


Tall City Blues Fest, a two-day music festival, announced its offering of educational clinics in partnership with Midland College. The clinics are part of a full weekend at the Festival, which this year takes place in downtown Midland's Centennial Plaza on July 26th and 27th, 2013. All of the clinics will be held on Saturday, July 27th, with professional artists from across North America serving as instructors. Pre-registration is $15/clinic. Walk-up registrations are $20/clinic and will be taken for any clinics not already at full capacity. All proceeds go to help provide MC KIDS' COLLEGE scholarships at Midland College. Pre-registration is available through Midland College either online at midland.edu/cpce/registration or by calling (432) 685-4518.


One of those instructors will be Shakura S'Aida of Toronto, Canada ... "Born in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in Switzerland. A long-time Canadian who lives in Toronto. That’s Shakura S’Aida, a truly international artist whose involvement in the Canadian music scene has been ongoing for the almost 25 years," notes S'Aida's website. "Along the way, she has enriched the jazz, blues and classic R&B communities with her soulful voice, enthusiastic personality and commitment to her deep soul music."

"And Shakura takes her music wherever there’s an audience in the past two years alone she has performed in the Caribbean, Moscow, Dubai, Romania, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Australia, Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Macedonia, Switzerland and helped organize a festival in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda."

learn more at Shakura S'Aida's website


S'Aida will be hosting the following Midland College CE Music Clinic Saturday, July 27th, at Tall City Bues Fest ...

♪ Vocal Workshop: Unleashing the Power of Your Voice (Ages 14+) 
9464 124Q
Hosted by: Shakura S'Aida (Toronto, Canada)
This vocal intensive will guide you in finding your true voice. Shakura will help you identify and strengthen your entire vocal and performance presentation. You’ll learn how to present yourself authentically on stage and to have confidence in your performance ability. You’ll gain a new understanding of your vocal capabilities and a fresh awareness of how strongly perceptions can be changed by the sound of your voice.

Times: 10-11:30 AM
What to Bring: An interest in singing and a willingness to stand on the edge and jump off.
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12


Enjoy a preview of S'Aida and her music ...

True friends, indeed

From left to right: Trinity High School student Anthony Fego and MC students Aaron Griner and Braxton Nolan help Friend’s Book Store Treasurer Margaret Leonard unpack books
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Nestled near Midland Memorial Hospital at 2305 W. Michigan Street is one of Midland’s most precious gems. The Friends of the Libraries and Literacy Bookstore contains thousands of used books at bargain prices. The store is run by a group of extremely dedicated volunteers and is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. (It is advised to arrive early because time can easily be lost while digging through the treasures!)

Midland College has been the fortunate beneficiary of the bookstore’s proceeds in the past. Since 2010, the Friend’s Book Store has donated $53,550 to MC on three separate occasions. On July 17, the bookstore once again presented the Midland College Foundation with another $25,000 check to award textbook scholarships to deserving students. In exchange for the textbook funds, students are required to complete 20 hours of volunteer service at the bookstore.

Friend’s Book Store Treasurer Margaret Leonard explained, “We love having Midland College students assist us. They do a little bit of everything — mainly shelve, sort and price books.”

“The ladies at the bookstore are so sweet to our students who volunteer at the store — sometimes they even feed them!” said MC Scholarship Specialist Susan Benham. “People that haven’t purchased college textbooks in a while will be shocked at how expensive they have become in the past 15 to 20 years. When registering for college courses, students not only have to budget for tuition, but also have to consider the cost of textbooks. We are so blessed to have the Friends of the Libraries and Literacy Bookstore help defray some of this expense for Midland College students.”


Friday, July 19, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

MC clinics offer chance to learn from visiting musical artists ... Kirsten Thien


Tall City Blues Fest, a two-day music festival, announced its offering of educational clinics in partnership with Midland College. The clinics are part of a full weekend at the Festival, which this year takes place in downtown Midland's Centennial Plaza on July 26th and 27th, 2013. All of the clinics will be held on Saturday, July 27th, with professional artists from across North America serving as instructors. Pre-registration is $15/clinic. Walk-up registrations are $20/clinic and will be taken for any clinics not already at full capacity. All proceeds go to help provide MC KIDS' COLLEGE scholarships at Midland College. Pre-registration is available through Midland College either online at midland.edu/cpce/registration or by calling (432) 685-4518.


One of those instructors will be Kirsten Thien of New York ... "When blues diva Ida Cox sang Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues in 1924, she defiantly stated the obvious while providing the template for the hellions who followed, from Memphis Minnie and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Janis Joplin," David Rubin writes. "Now, fiery blues and R&B singer/guitarist Kirsten Thien blazes on the scene and stakes her claim as a contemporary wild woman while putting a decidedly modern spin on the description."

"Thien was born on an Army base in Berlin, Germany, moving with her family to Maine soon after. Kirsten developed her talent from a young age with the music of Linda Ronstadt and singing in church in the “Northern Baptist” style. But her music was transformed with the discovery of Aretha Franklin, traditional New Orleans jazz and the classic women blues singers of the 1920s while attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The thrill of performing in public compelled her to abandon the pursuit of a lucrative career in banking and investment for a creative one in singing and songwriting."

learn more at Kirsten Thien's website


Thien will be hosting the following Midland College CE Music Clinic Saturday, July 27th, at Tall City Bues Fest ...

The Elements of Song: Unlocking your Creative Spirit! (Ages 8 - 14)
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Hosted by: Kirsten Thien (New York, NY)
In this workshop, Kirsten will discuss the elements of a song and how to build a song from its initial inspiration to its completed form. We’ll play some classic Blues and Soul songs together and talk about the parts that make the song so compelling. What’s a “signature riff”? Where does the chorus go? How do we make a song universal and personal at the same time? How can one song inspire the creation of another, without copying? We’ll answer these questions and lay out the building blocks to unlocking our creative spirit through songwriting.

Times: 2:30-3:45 PM
What To Bring: If you play an instrument, bring it!
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12


Enjoy a preview of Thien and her music ...

Dollie Ruth Neal Education Fund provides assistance for healthcare training

MC Director of Health Sciences Continuing Education presents statistics about
nurse aide students at press conference hosted by Permian Basin Area Foundation.
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Students enrolled in MC’s Certified Nurse Aide classes are now able to receive tuition assistance, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Dollie Ruth Neal Education Fund, a component of Permian Basin Area Foundation. More specifically, the funds are reserved for single mothers, aged 25 or older, and will cover the cost of tuition and fees.

Nurse aide classes prepare students for entry-level positions with area healthcare organizations, mainly long-term care facilities. In addition to receiving training in theory and essential skills, students are required to complete clinical internships so that they can gain experience with direct patient contact.

MC Director of Health Sciences Continuing Education Wendy Wood-Collins explained, “Our students have a strong work ethic and want to succeed. Many of them are single parents who need entry-level positions in the healthcare industry so that they can earn a living while they are training for more advanced careers. Other nurse aide students are high school dropouts, who are in desperate need of skills training. The cost of MC’s nurse aid program is only $530, but for many people who are struggling to provide for their family in this economy, it is often difficult to pay the tuition and almost impossible to purchase books and uniforms and pay for the state certification exam. We are so grateful to Permian Basin Area Foundation through its Dollie Ruth Neal Education Fund in providing these resources that will enable students to begin a path to enhance the quality of life for themselves and their children.”

For more information about MC’s Certified Nurse Aide program, contact the Health Sciences Continuing Education Department at (432) 681-6354 or visit www.midland.edu/hsce

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Drones, scholarships and jobs . . . oh my!

Drone flying in courtyard of Technology Center on the main MC campus.
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Flying battery-operated drones while attending class, receiving a $500 scholarship every semester and earning $32/hour after only two years of training—those are just some of the many benefits that students in the Midland College (MC) Energy Technology Program can reap! Being located in the Permian Basin, Midland College has always had a close affiliation with oil and gas companies; however, today partnerships between MC and the energy industry are stronger than ever and have resulted in LOTS of perks for MC students.

Mr. Tracy Gandy, chair of MC”s Energy Technology program explained, “Unlike the old petroleum technology classes that were taught in the 80s and early 90s, today’s classes focus on instrumentation. Everything in the oilfield is automated. A lot of people think working in the oilfield means getting dirty and sweaty, digging holes and working on equipment while enduring blowing sand under the hot West Texas sun, but that’s not the case at all. Today’s oilfield worker usually operates equipment from the comfort of a company-owned air conditioned truck with a ‘toughbook’ [notebook computer that is designed to withstand excessive bumps, drops, etc.].”

The curriculum in MC’s Energy Technology program is designed to provide training in the electrical and mechanical aspects of the installation, operation and maintenance of systems used in petroleum exploration and production. Graduates are able to perform mechanical and electrical installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of complex industrial automation.

Gandy and his fellow instructors begin by teaching the basics of automation, where instructors create common oilfield industrial computer programs with “bugs,” and then students are taught to troubleshoot. The ending project for first-semester students is troubleshooting a typical GUI (graphical user interface) program that is used in energy industry operations.

Gandy said, “During the first semester, students are in a classroom environment learning how and why computer programs work. We don’t teach computer programming—we leave that to the IT classes. Our students learn why these computer programs exist and how they apply to the ‘real world’ and are used in oilfield drilling and pumping operations.”

“The second semester is when it gets FUN!” continued Gandy. “This past spring, we purchased five AR Drones 2.0 and replacement parts. These drones are smaller replicas of ones that are in actual use by the U. S. Border Patrol. They have two cameras—one forward-looking and one downward-looking—and are operated through a smartphone or tablet computer. Students taking the second-semester Distributed Control and Programmable Logic class receive hands-on instruction in operating the drones, and they love it. The drones fly forward, backward and do flips.”


Using a smartphone, MC Energy Technology Program Chair Tracy Gandy programs
drone to demonstrate similar equipment used in the energy industry.

To the casual observer, it may seem like MC students are playing with toys similar to a 10-year-old’s remote-controlled airplane. However, Gandy stated that there is an actual correlation to the drones and equipment used by oil and gas companies in daily operations.

“ROVs [remotely operated vehicles] have been used on oil equipment in the Gulf of Mexico for several years,” explained Gandy. “This ‘drone-like’ equipment can operate underwater and check for corrosion and other problems with oil lines used in off-shore drilling operations. Of course, someone needs to operate and maintain the ROVs—that is what we are teaching at MC.”


Using a smartphone, MC Energy Technology Program Chair Tracy Gandy programs
drone to demonstrate similar equipment used in the energy industry.
While there isn’t much use for underwater ROVs in West Texas, Gandy said that similar technology can be used to detect gas line leaks and inspect derricks on Permian Basin oilfield equipment.

MC Dean of Applied Technology Curt Pervier said that the drones purchased for the Energy Technology program have a dual purpose. Students in MC’s Aviation Maintenance program actually take the drones apart and then reassemble the drones. Pervier said that the technology is similar to that used in the aviation maintenance industry.


Computer program incorporating GUI (graphical user interface) used to instruct
maintenance troubleshooting in MC’s Energy Technology classes.

Both Gandy and Pervier confessed that they are hoping the lure of training with drones will help boost enrollment in the Energy Technology and Aviation Maintenance programs. Even though it is one of the fastest-growing programs at MC, Gandy explained that the demand by oil and gas companies for program completers outweighs the supply.

“Most companies are looking for someone with an associate degree, and I advise younger students to go ahead and complete all four semester in the program,” stated Gandy. “Thanks to scholarships provided by Chevron, ConocoPhillips and the Permian Basin International Oil Show, we are able to provide $500 scholarships to every student in the program. So, a student earning an Energy Technology associate degree could have $2,000 of college tuition and fees provided. All that is required is to complete the simple online MC scholarship application. The scholarships are not based on need or high school grades — just apply!”

Gandy said that there are many students in the program with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. These students are advised to take two semesters of a targeted curriculum consisting of courses in automation, mechanics and electromechanical troubleshooting.

The largest employer of MC’s Energy Technology students, Chevron, offers students $25.75/hour as a beginning level field technician trainee. Once a Chevron employee has completed field trainee responsibilities for six months, he/she then immediately advances up the career ladder and starts earning $32/hour. One of MC’s former students who started the program taking dual credit courses in high school is now 21-years-old and is working for Chevron earning $92,000 annually!

Gandy explained, “Chevron, North America hired 400 new employees this past year. Out of those 400 employees, 45 completed the MC Energy Technology program. That means that 11 percent of all new Chevron employees throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico were trained at Midland College. And, if we had more students, I’m sure that percentage would increase.”

“The nice thing about working for a company like Chevron,” said Gandy, “is that after the initial 6-month on-the-job training program, employees can apply to work in various departments and various locations throughout the world. Of course, there’s also an excellent salary, health benefits and retirement/profit-sharing plans.”

Individuals interested in pursuing energy technology careers should contact the Midland College Applied Technology Division office at (432) 685-4677 or Mr. Gandy at (432) 685-4639, tgandy@midland.edu  


Drone flying in courtyard of Technology Center on the main MC campus.

Yesterday ...

... it was cool and gray, damp and dreary, overcast and rainy on the campus of Your College ...


... LOVED it !!! ...


... and hoping for more of the same TODAY !!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

MC clinics offer chance to learn from visiting musical artists ... Justin Johnson


Tall City Blues Fest, a two-day music festival, announced its offering of educational clinics in partnership with Midland College. The clinics are part of a full weekend at the Festival, which this year takes place in downtown Midland's Centennial Plaza on July 26th and 27th, 2013. All of the clinics will be held on Saturday, July 27th, with professional artists from across North America serving as instructors. Pre-registration is $15/clinic. Walk-up registrations are $20/clinic and will be taken for any clinics not already at full capacity. All proceeds go to help provide MC KIDS' COLLEGE scholarships at Midland College. Pre-registration is available through Midland College either online at midland.edu/cpce/registration or by calling (432) 685-4518.


One of those instructors will be Justin Johnson of North Carolina ... "Hailed by Guitar World as a must-see act and dubbed 'The Wizard' for his mastery of stringed instruments, Justin Johnson has earned many accolades including a 1st place win in the Slidestock International Slide Guitar Competition," notes Johnson's website. "His virtuosic playing style has earned him endorsements from guitar and instrument builders around the world, as well as MojoBone Works Custom Guitar Slides. Justin is also one of a select few guitarists that have been hand-picked to perform for the Woodstock International Luthiers' Showcase, highlighting the work of many of the finest acoustic guitar builders in the world."

"Justin Johnson is one of the premier cigar box guitar performers playing today, highlighting the traditional American Roots instrument in a way that honors the history of the instrument while innovating new approaches by incorporating modern technology."

learn more at Justin Johnson's website


Johnson will be hosting the following Midland College CE Music Clinics Saturday, July 27th, at Tall City Bues Fest ...

♪ One-String Diddley Bow Workshop for Kids (Ages 8-14)
Hosted by: Justin Johnson (Durham, NC)

This workshop explores the history and playing techniques of this fascinatingly simple traditional roots instrument. The student will learn how to play the Diddley Bow with a guitar slide, and learn songs in the Roots Blues style.

Times: 11 AM-12 PM
Diddley Bows and slides provided.
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 15


One-String Diddley Bow Workshop (Ages 14+)
Hosted by: Justin Johnson (Durham, NC)
This workshop explores the history and playing techniques of this fascinatingly simple traditional roots instrument. Great for musicians of all skill levels. The student will learn how to play the Diddley Bow with a guitar slide, and learn songs in the Roots Blues style.  By the end of the class, students will also know how to play the Diddley Bow in a group setting, and even come up with their own Blues solos!

Times: 12:30-2 PM
Diddley Bows and slides provided.
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 15


Beginner 4-String Cigar Box Guitar Workshop (Ages 14+)
Hosted by: Justin Johnson (Durham, NC)
This workshop is designed for students who are familiar with, or have some experience with the 6-String Guitar, and want to learn how to translate that knowledge to the 4-String Cigar Box Guitar (CBG). The student will learn how to play the Cigar Box Guitar in open and standard tunings, and will also learn Blues Slide Guitar techniques such as proper form, staying in tune, vibrato, left-hand muting, right-hand muting, anchoring, and modified Dobro techniques. The student will be provided with chord charts, tuning suggestions, and tips & tricks that will have them playing Cigar Box Guitar in no time! 

Times: 2:30-4 PM
Cigar Box Guitars and slides provided.
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 15

All clinics will be held on Saturday, July 27.

Enjoy a preview of Johnson and his music ...