Relocate workforce-education programs to support the development of a skilled technical workforce for the area, allowing students to earn high school diplomas, college certificates and Associate of Applied Science degrees. The facility also enables Midland-area residents to further enhance their technical skills through industry-recognized certifications and other continuingeducation opportunities. The ATC houses more than 80,000 square feet of instructional space that features high-tech computer classrooms with high-speed Internet access, a multimedia teleconferencing classroom and the Elizabeth & Herb Blankenship Lecture Hall. Specialty laboratories at the ATC include welding, electronics, automotive technology and medical simulations labs. The Franz Weis Industrial Technology Training Center, with an exhibit honoring internationally known race car engine builder Franz Weis, is available for customized training and tours. The Workforce Continuing Education and Health Sciences Continuing Education departments offer short-term courses and training as needed by Permian Basin business and industry. State-of-the-art equipment in all instructional areas provides students with “high-tech, high-touch” instruction and hands-on application of skills. The computer classrooms and labs are equipped with state-of-the-art systems and software that are used to train students in contemporary software applications, computer graphics and electronics. Computer applications and skills used by business and industry are taught in all instructional programs. A sophisticated computer network allows the ATC to accommodate 700+ computer workstations. The ATC is a true community partnership involving the support of Midland-area educational, city, community and business leaders. The project partners have embraced a vision to pool collective resources to establish an innovative enterprise for the purpose of training versatile individuals for the workforce and the community.
Midland College Cogdell Learning Center The purpose of the Cogdell Learning Center, located at 201 W. Florida in Midland, is to refer residents of south and east Midland to Midland College resources. Just as importantly, the center helps Midland College provide services needed by these residents. Current services provided include: • Midland Need to Read provides adult literacy training free of charge. • General Education Development (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered free of charge. • Free assistance is offered to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to plan the college enrollment process. An on-site advisor is available to help students choose courses for their degree plan and register for Midland College classes.
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• The Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) promotes economic development in Midland by assisting small businesses and new entrepreneurial ventures. Free counseling is available for preparing a business plan, starting a new business, purchasing or expanding an existing business, exploring financing options, and identifying additional business support. • There is free access to a computer lab with Internet, educational software, career decision-making software and keyboarding tutorials. • A community lecture hall features seating for 50, a symposiuminteractive lectern and a wireless Internet environment for laptop computer use.
Midland College Petroleum Professional Development Center Midland College’s Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC), located at 221 N. Main Street in Midland, was created through the consolidation of the Permian Basin Graduate Center and Midland College’s Petroleum Geotechnology Training Center. Housed in the Jack G. Elam Building in downtown Midland, the center is a state-of-the-art educational facility designed specifically for the regional energy industry. The center provides unique programs developed for working geoscientists, engineers, landmen, accountants, field operations personnel and anyone working in energy-related fields. The center consistently offers industry updates — technological and otherwise — to working professionals. The PPDC is one of only seven mid-career training centers worldwide recognized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).
Kaplan College 4320 W Illinois, Suite A, Midland 432-681-3390 • www.kc-midland.com Kaplan Higher Education institutions broaden access to postsecondary educational opportunities, focusing largely on traditionally underserved individuals. Through online and campus-based programs, Kaplan strives to prepare students for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The Midland Campus offers associate degrees in criminal justice and several post-high-school certificate programs in health care and vocational disciplines.
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