Recent Developments

Colleges partner for easier transfers

Posted on August 9, 2021

University of Texas Permian Basin and Coastal Bend College in Beeville have formed an alliance that will make it easier for students at the community college to take bachelor’s and master’s level courses through the Odessa school. The agreement was made official at a signing ceremony Friday morning in the foyer of the UTPB library with UTPB President […]

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ECISD can now develop teachers locally

Posted on August 9, 2021

In an ongoing effort to ensure every student has a highly-qualified, highly-effective teacher in the classroom, Ector County ISD took a historic step forward this morning when the State Board for Educator Certification unanimously approved ECISD’s educator prep program, Odessa Pathway to Teaching. Ector County ISD becomes just the third school district in Texas to […]

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ECISD named Outstanding School Board for Region 18

Posted on August 9, 2021

Ector County ISD announced its Board of Trustees has been named the Region 18 nominee for TASA’s 2021 Outstanding School Board, a press release detailed. TASA stands for Texas Association of School Administrators, and the organization sponsors this recognition program annually. ECISD’s Board of Trustees is one of 15 school boards in Texas to earn […]

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Department of Education funds new center for collaboration of researchers and broad-access colleges

Posted on August 9, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has awarded $10 million to SRI Education and Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University’s Teachers College for a new center to conduct research on how educational technology and instructional strategies can bolster students’ skills for managing their learning, a press release from Odessa College […]

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New IDEA principal focused on achievement

Posted on August 9, 2021

Bethany Everette, the launching principal of IDEA Academy Yukon, said she believes strongly in Odessa students because she sees herself in them. Originally from the Houston area, Everette watched her single mother work multiple jobs to support her and her brother and she wanted more for herself and any future family she might have. “… At […]

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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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