Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Midland College partners with area nonprofit agencies for West Texas Conference on Aging

• Early registration discount offered through February 24

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Tuesday, March 7, Midland College (MC) will once again partner with various nonprofit agencies to offer the annual West Texas Conference on Aging. MC is licensed to offer 7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to participants. The conference will be held at First Baptist Church, 2104 W. Louisiana, in Midland from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Early registration fee of $50 is available until February 24. Registration fee after February 24 is $75.

The keynote speaker is Scott Abel, who will bring his perspectives of “Ethical Leadership” to the audience. Abel, who lives in the Austin area and works for state government, is a published author and public speaker. He has a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University, but says he is “a rabid, life-long fan of the TCU Horned Frogs.” In his spare time, he is assisted by his wife and two daughters in “searching for the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter.”

Scheduled breakout sessions include:
    Aphasia, presented by Beth Crawford
    Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce, presented by Scott Abel
    Life after Menopause?, presented by Leslie Chupp, M.D.
    Savvy Shopper, presented by Heather Massey

“This is our 19th year to host this one-day conference for Permian Basin residents,” said Wendy Wood Collins, director of MC Health Sciences Continuing Education. “The conference is for anyone who wants to know more about the aging process, how to communicate with senior citizens and issues facing older Americans. We especially encourage social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, chemical dependency counselors, long-term care activity directors, certified nurse aides and other geriatric-centered healthcare professionals to attend.”

Registration is available online at or by phone, (432) 681-6354. For more information, contact the Midland College department of Health Sciences Continuing Education at (432) 681-6354, or email Kimberly Daw at

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