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Midland College (MC) is a public college in Midland, Texas. It was established as an independent junior college in 1972 and held its first classes on campus in 1975. Since that time, the campus has expanded to a 704,752-square-foot (65,473.6 m2) main campus on 224 acres (0.91 km2) in Midland, Texas, United States - a county seat of over 100,000 people in the Permian Basin region of west Texas and southeast New Mexico. The school also has numerous locations in other parts of Midland and in Fort Stockton, Texas, the Pecos County seat.

Midland College (MC)
TypePublic college
PresidentDr. Steve Thomas
Location, ,
United States

32°01′45″N 102°06′19″W / 32.029123°N 102.105277°W / 32.029123; -102.105277Coordinates: 32°01′45″N 102°06′19″W / 32.029123°N 102.105277°W / 32.029123; -102.105277
Campus224 acres (0.91 km2)
ColorsGreen and Yellow          
AthleticsNJCAA Men's Division I
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Midland College began in September 1969 as the Midland campus of the Permian Junior College system. It was re-created in 1972 with the formation of the Midland College District.[1]

Mission and accreditationEdit

The institution supports individual and economic development in its service area and beyond by offering certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees, workforce and continuing education opportunities, and comprehensive student support services. Midland College also provides a variety of community services, cultural and educational enrichment opportunities to the West Texas region.[2]

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of Midland College is all of Crockett, Midland, Pecos, Reagan, and Terrell counties.[3]

Midland College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award certificates and associate and baccalaureate degrees.

Midland College meets all guidelines and standards as set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.[4]


Main campusEdit

Following the formation of the Midland College District in 1972, bonds in the amount of $5,100,000 were issued for the construction of a 115-acre (0.47 km2) campus. Ground breaking at the new campus was held October 23, 1973.[5][6]

Opened in the Spring of 1975:

  • Pevehouse Administration Building
  • Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building

Opened in the Fall of 1975:

  • Murray Fasken Learning Resource Center
  • Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center
  • Technology Center
  • Physical Education Building

Opened in 1978:

Opened in the following years:

  • Davidson Family Health Sciences Building
  • Dolly Neal Chapel
  • Dorothy and Todd Aaron Medical Science Building
  • F. Marie Hall Academic Building
  • Helen L. Greathouse Children's Center
  • Jack E. Brown Dining Hall
  • Leona G. and John E. Fox Science Building

There are also four residence halls on the Midland College Main campus (see below).

Off-campus facilitiesEdit

  • The Advanced Technology Center, located at 3200 W. Cuthbert in Midland, delivers workforce education programs that support the development of a skilled technical workforce for Midland and the Permian Basin. The facility contains more than 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) of instructional space that features high-tech computer classrooms with Internet access and a tiered lecture hall.[7]
  • The Aviation Maintenance Technology Facility, located at Midland International Airport, Hangar E, 2405 Windecker, offers students training on actual aircraft as they work towards certification in Airframe Maintenance and Powerplant Maintenance.[8]
  • The Bill Pace Cogdell Learning Center, located at 201 W. Florida, provides ABE, ESL and GED courses, and houses the MC Business and Economic Development Center.[9]
  • The Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC), located at 105 W. Illinois, provides quality continuing education for the Permian Basin energy industries.[10]
  • The Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC), located at 1309 West I-10 in Fort Stockton provides university parallel, occupational/technical certificate and associate degree programs, and courses offered in collaboration with the Fort Stockton Independent School District (FSISD).[11]


The school offers 100+ degree and certificate programs, as well as a variety of Continuing Education programs. They also offer a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and provide on-campus access to upper-level degrees offered by their seven University Center partners.[4]

Baccalaureate programEdit

Midland College offers a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management, to broaden career opportunities for students and better their chances for promotion to supervisory positions. The program is designed to provide a career-ladder for students who have already completed an associate degree and who wish to continue their education at the bachelor's level.[12]

University CenterEdit

The Midland College University Center offers students multiple options for either beginning or completing their education. Programs and courses are now offered by seven area and online universities: Texas Tech University, Lubbock Christian University, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Sul Ross State University, Angelo State University, Howard Payne University and Western Governors University. A total of 4 master's degrees and 11 bachelor's degrees, plus Midland College's Bachelor of Applied Technology in Organizational Management and two teacher certification programs, are now offered on the Midland College campus.[13]

Early College High SchoolEdit

Early College High School (ECHS) at Midland College is located on the main campus, in the Allison Fine Arts Building. The school welcomed its first freshman class on August 24, 2009. The goal for ECHS is that, by the time "the students receive their high school diploma, they will also have an associate’s degree from Midland College."[14]

Special designationsEdit

In 2010, Midland College became the first institution in West Texas and the fourth community college in the nation to be designated an All-Steinway School.[15]

In 2013, Midland College became the first community college in the world to be designated a Conn-Selmer School.[16]

Student lifeEdit

Clubs, intramural sports, cheerleading, student government, and all other student related activities operate through the Student Activities Office.

Residence hallsEdit

The main campus has four residence halls for students.[17]

  • O'Shaughnessy Hall is a 96-bed facility for women.
  • Nadine and Tom Craddick Hall is a 94-bed co-ed facility.
  • Men's Residence Hall is a 96-bed facility for men.
  • Family Housing Facility was the college's first residential facility.

School spiritEdit

  • School colors: The school's official colors are green and yellow.
  • Mascot: The school mascot is a Chaparral.

Student publicationsEdit

  • Midland College Press - The MC student newspaper is published at five or six times each long semester
  • Chaparral - The MC student news/feature magazine is published once each year, during the spring semester
  • Tableau - The MC student literary magazine is published once each year during the fall semester

The student publications office at Midland College also maintains its own website (see below, in External Links)


The Midland College Chaparrals have won 20 National Championships in sports since 1975, as well as produced 192 All-Americans. A member of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, Midland College fields teams in:

  • Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Men's Golf
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Affiliated institutionsEdit

Midland College FoundationEdit

Since 1973, the foundation has served as Midland College's nonprofit fundraising organization.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Midland College: The First 25 Years" by Karen S. Lanier and H.A. Tuck, 1996, Gateway Press, ASIN B0027PP8CG
  2. ^ Archived 2012-07-22 at the Wayback Machine Midland College mission statement
  3. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.188, "Midland Community College District Service Area".
  4. ^ a b Midland College Catalog & Student Handbook
  5. ^ Archived 2012-05-07 at the Wayback Machine MC history
  6. ^ Archived 2009-01-05 at the Wayback Machine MC Website, Campus Map and Index of buildings
  7. ^ Archived 2012-05-06 at the Wayback Machine MC Advanced Technology Center
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2009-02-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) MC Aviation Maintenance Technology Center
  9. ^ Archived 2012-07-30 at the Wayback Machine Bill Pace Cogdell Learning Center
  10. ^ MC Petroleum Professional Development Center
  11. ^ Archived 2012-07-22 at the Wayback Machine MC Williams Regional Technical Training Center in Fort Stockton, Texas
  12. ^ Baccalaureate Program Overview
  13. ^ MC University Center
  14. ^ Early College High School a 'once-in-a-lifetime' chance for students
  15. ^ Midland College Achieves All-Steinway Designation Archived 2013-01-11 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Midland College Music Department receives prestigious Conn-Selmer designation". Archived from the original on 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  17. ^
  18. ^ Chad Campbell at Midland College
  19. ^ Archived 2009-01-25 at the Wayback Machine Kenneth Ferrie, Official Website
  20. ^ AH3: Andrew Hancock Photography
  21. ^ Former Student Reflects on his MC Education and Those Instructors Who Made a Difference
  22. ^ [1]

External linksEdit