Recent Developments

Evans and Permian Strategic Partnership: There’s hope during hard times

Posted on May 5, 2020

By Don Evans, Permian Strategic Partnership These are difficult days – for our families, businesses and communities – all of which are feeling the impacts from multiple global threats at once. The threat to our personal health from the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll around the globe, while we absorb the threat to our […]

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UTPB College of Engineering donates plexiglass booth to Odessa Regional Medical Center for use in COVID-19 testing

Posted on May 5, 2020

Author: Pierson Beach/NewsWest9 The box, designed by the college, will allow safe testing to be conducted at the hospital while preserving supplies of personal protective equipment. ODESSA, Texas — The UTPB College of Engineering has designed and donated a stainless steel and plexiglass box to Odessa Regional Medical Center, allowing doctors to safely treat patients without […]

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West Texas Colleges Receive Federal Grants for Coronavirus Response

Posted on April 22, 2020

Author: Kirsten Geddes TEXAS, USA — West Texas colleges will soon be getting some financial relief after getting hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of the grants, approximately $2.8 million, will go to students cover expenses caused by the disruption of campus operations. Senator John Cornyn announced on April 14 that Midland College, Odessa College […]

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GOOD NEWS: Chevron Donates $40,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs

Posted on April 22, 2020

Odessa American Chevron is donating $40,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Permian Basin as part of the company’s social investment and support initiatives to help communities and nonprofits address the COVID-19 public health crisis. These funds will be used for a variety of programs aimed at providing food for families, children, and […]

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ECISD starts ECISD@HOME

Posted on April 22, 2020

By Ruth Campbell – rcampbell@oaoa.com With schools closed for the remainder of the year, Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri said the district continues to make improvements to its remote learning resources. The latest is the result of feedback from parents and students. “Our website for remote learning received a pretty significant upgrade today (Monday) so […]

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UTPB Nursing Students in Fight with Coronavirus

Posted on April 22, 2020

By Ruth Campbell – rcampbell@oaoa.com Although University of Texas Permian Basin nursing student Lorena Najera is undergoing training during what most would consider a dark time — the era of COVID-19 — she considers it a once–in-a-lifetime opportunity. Najera, who is in her fourth semester, is one of 15 nursing students helping the Ector County Health […]

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UTPB to Provide Housing to Medical Heroes and First Responders

Posted on April 22, 2020

ODESSA, TX (KOSA-CBS7) — The University of Texas Permian Basin is looking to help those who are working on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy of The University of Texas Permian Basin) UTPB announced Wednesday that they are working closely with Medical Center Hospital and Odessa Regional Medical Center to provide housing for […]

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Sewell Auto Tech opens after years in the making

Posted on March 11, 2020

By Jacy Lewis, 191 News ODESSA — Sewell Auto Tech officially opened its doors Thursday at 2425 East 8th St. Odessa College, the Sewell Family of Cos. and Odessa Development Corp. built a state-of-the-art campus that has been years in the making. “Today, we celebrate the opening of the building, but for me what I’m really […]

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A look back at the resiliency West Texans displayed during the mass shooting on the 6-month anniversary

Posted on March 11, 2020

MIDLAND-ODESSA-SHOOTING A look back at the resiliency West Texans displayed during the mass shooting on the 6-month anniversary “At that time, we saw the very worst of humanity, but we also saw some of the very best of humanity,” Mayor David Turner said. Author: Rachel Ripp (News West9) ODESSA, Texas — August 31st changed the very […]

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Odessa College Looks to Update, Improve Campus

Posted on March 1, 2020

By Ruth Campbell – rcampbell@oaoa.com The goal of reaching 10,000 students and plans to continue revitalizing the Odessa College campus have led officials to realize the need for more infrastructure. OC recently completed work funded by Vision 2015 funded through a $68.5 million bond passed in 2010. Executive Vice President of Administration Ken Zartner said the […]

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