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Enrollment up at Odessa College

Posted on August 10, 2019

By Courtney Borchert – cborchert@oaoa.com Odessa College is seeing a steady increase in annual student enrollment and could set a new semester record this fall. Donald Wood, OC vice president for institutional effectiveness, said the community college is making tremendous progress in moving toward the goal of its OC 10,000 initiative, which aims to achieve 10,000 […]

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Majors Expected to Drive Next Wave of Permian Production

Posted on August 10, 2019

The majors are returning to the Permian Basin, and they promise to change the competitive landscape over the next few years. Narmadha Navaneethan, senior associate, plays and basins in IHS Markit’s Energy Upstream division, said the majors were key players in the Permian Basin’s initial oil and natural gas production before moving off to pursue […]

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First-Ever Solar Farm Coming to Ector County

Posted on August 10, 2019

The 5,000 acre solar farm will be located in western Ector County near Monahans and is expected to open in the first quarter of 2020. Author: Sammi Steele ECTOR COUNTY, Texas — The Permian Basin is known for its fossil fuels, but pretty soon it will be producing solar energy, too. For the first time ever […]

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OC Board Approves Budget, Vision 2030 Policy

Posted on August 10, 2019

By Courtney Borchert – cborchert@oaoa.com The Odessa College Board of Trustees adopted a budget for 2020 that will support new initiatives, added employees, raises for eligible faculty and other increased expenditures. The 2019-20 fiscal year budgets $51,745,312 for unrestricted funds and $13,814,943 for restricted and plant funds for a total budget of $65,560,255, up from $63,226,096. […]

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ECISD, Odessa Chamber Welcome New Teachers

Posted on August 10, 2019

By Ruth Campbell – rcampbell@oaoa.com When new Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri began teaching, someone gave him a mouse pad as a welcome gift that said Teacher: You Mold and Shape the Future. “When I started teaching,” Muri said in remarks to those attending the Odessa Chamber of Commerce’s New Teacher Welcome Breakfast Tuesday, “those […]

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UTPB Rebranding to Become Students’ First Choice

Posted on August 10, 2019

By Courtney Borchert – cborchert@oaoa.com The University of Texas of the Permian Basin has their sights set on churning out more graduates to fill regional workforce gaps and locals are their target demographic. Officials hope to attract and retain a larger student body, and reshaping public opinion is one of the first items receiving attention as […]

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Many Pipelines Becoming Active Soon

Posted on August 10, 2019

Plains All Americans’ Cactus II oil pipeline will be beginning its line fill this week, one of several pipelines expected to become operational by the end of 2019. The line fill, meaning the process of filling a pipeline with oil, is the final step before commercial deliveries begin, pumping 670,000 barrels a day from the […]

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PERRYMAN: Black Gold

Posted on July 16, 2019

By M. Ray Perryman Ray Perryman is the head of The Perryman Group and serves as a distinguished professor at the International Institute for Advanced Studies. For well over a century, the vast reserves of oil and natural gas in Texas have contributed to business activity and job creation. We recently took a close look […]

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Pioneer Natural Resources remains upbeat about Permian Basin operations

Posted on July 16, 2019

Pioneer Natural Resources and other shale producers are having their high-flying wings clipped by investors concerned that the producers were spending far more than they were earning. Now, Pioneer is on a mission to show it – and the other producers – can generate profits as well as crude oil and natural gas. That includes […]

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Ector County Solar Farm Breaks Ground

Posted on July 16, 2019

By Paul Wedding – pwedding@oaoa.com It was bright and sunny Tuesday afternoon as 174 Power Global officially broke ground on its new solar farm, a new project expected to provide solar energy to about 30,000 households. The farm, called Oberon Solar, is located on a 5,000 acre site in west Ector County near Monahans. 174 Power […]

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