Recent Developments

UTPB gets AI grant

Posted on July 3, 2021

The University of Texas Permian Basin College of Engineering was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Defense for nearly $300,000. The grant is awarded to universities that are Minority Serving Institutions (MSI). The funds will be used to purchase specialized simulators for research and education. “We are so grateful to have been selected […]

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Odessa approves agreement with Nacero

Posted on July 3, 2021

By Federico Martinez The Odessa City Council on Tuesday approved an economic development agreement that will allow Nacero, Inc. to proceed with construction of a proposed $6.5-$7 billion natural gas processing and production facility, a project that will create at least 3,500 construction jobs and then 350 permanent jobs in Ector County. The agreement allows […]

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OC receives $7 million donation

Posted on July 3, 2021

Odessa College is among a group of organizations and institutions recently selected by MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett as the recipients of significant gifts “to enable their work, and as a signal of trust and encouragement, to them and to others,” according to Scott. It is because of Odessa College’s collective impact and proven results […]

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OC votes to move ahead on health sciences building

Posted on July 3, 2021

Demolition of Travis Hall and the Rudy Acosta Pavilion to make way for the new Wood Health Sciences Building were approved by the Odessa College Board of Trustees during a special meeting Tuesday. The $62,800 bid for the demolition was awarded to Vanco. Estimated completion is 15 days and work is expected to start July […]

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OC plans for future projects

Posted on July 3, 2021

The recent gift of $7 million from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett, plans for Vision 2030+, construction plans and scholarship opportunities were among the items touched on by Odessa College President Gregory Williams during a news conference Thursday. Speaking to the media in the lobby of the Saulsbury Campus Center, Williams said he wanted to […]

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UTPB to pursue ECISD partnership for STEM

Posted on July 3, 2021

After considering its options, the University of Texas Permian Basin intends to pursue a partnership with Ector County ISD to provide a “positive path forward” for the STEM Academy. A charter school on the UTPB campus, it has 800 students in grades kindergarten through 12, Superintendent Shannon Davidson said. It just had its first graduating class this May. […]

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Odessa College spells out plans for $7 million gift

Posted on July 3, 2021

Odessa College’s plans, presented to its board of trustees during a special meeting Wednesday, run the gamut from scholarships to a presence downtown. The college recently received a $7 million gift from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett. Chief of Staff Robert Rivas said officials planned to put $3.2 million toward student scholarships; $2.55 million toward the […]

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GOOD NEWS: OC Rad Tech grads all pass national exam

Posted on July 3, 2021

All 14 graduates of the Odessa College radiologic technology program passed their American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) national exam just two weeks after their graduation. “This is the quickest I can remember everyone finishing successfully. All of the students, with the exception of one who is moving back to Colorado, are also licensed in […]

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University MBA Program Sees Surge in Students

Posted on May 20, 2021

University of Texas Permian Basin’s master’s of business administration program is seeing a surge of students. “We have about 700 students in our MBA program right now,” Dean of the College of Business Steven Beach said. “Want to thank Dr. (Anshu) Saran for his incredible efforts.” Saran is the director of the MBA program and Raj […]

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ODC Board Member Honored for Service

Posted on May 20, 2021

Longtime community advocate Gene Collins, who has been instrumental in attracting many major developers to Odessa over the years, was recognized by the Odessa Development Corporation during its meeting Thursday. Collins recently announced that he was stepping down from his ODC board seat due to health issues. ODC Board President Tim Edgmon, who presented Collins […]

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