Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Midland College Williams Regional Technical Training Center partners with Fort Stockton ISD to save families almost $1 million

• Over 2,000 post-secondary academic and technical hours awarded to Pecos County high school seniors

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College’s branch campus in Fort Stockton, the Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC), is within easy walking distance from Fort Stockton High School. The close proximity and helpfulness of the WRTTC staff provides an excellent opportunity for high school students to take advantage of dual credit Midland College (MC) courses.

According to the Fort Stockton Independent School District, members of this year’s high school graduating class received 2,021 college hours, resulting in a college tuition savings of $962,997 for Pecos County families. This is a 45 percent increase in college dual credit hours from the previous school year.

Academic/Transfer dual credit hours totaled 1,454. Fort Stockton ISD staff compared average cost per college hour at the Midland College WRTTC to average cost per hour at Texas A&M University and found the savings to be $946,554. Technical college credit hours totaled 567, and cost of taking those hours at the WRTTC was compared to the same classes at Texas State Technical College in Waco. Staff calculated the savings to be $16,443.
“Our mission is to provide quality, affordable higher education opportunities to Pecos County residents,” said Matt Tarpley, director of the Midland College WRTTC. “We are delighted to be able to work with Fort Stockton ISD in order to allow high school students to take dual credit college courses. Not only does this save in tuition costs, it also allows students to gain experience in taking college courses before they graduate from high school. Many dual credit students take advantage of the Scholars’ Dollars scholarship, which is provided to Pecos County residents taking classes at the WRTTC. The scholarship is funded by donations from local businesses and residents.”
The WRTTC also offers workforce training in order to provide an available, skilled workforce for Permian Basin industry. The WRTTC provides college credit workforce programs, which correlate to high school career & technology courses. All Fort Stockton graduating seniors took at least one career & technology course while in high school. MC certificates were awarded to 11 graduating seniors who achieved the 18-credit-hour Level 1 Energy Technician Certificate.

In addition to those students taking college dual credit hours, a number of students were also enrolled in MC’s Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program. All graduating seniors taking the CNA course, received the 100-hour certification awarded by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

For more information, contact Matt Tarpley, Director of MC’s Ft. Stockton branch campus, at (432) 336-2525, mtarpley@midland.edu.

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