Higher education leaders' goal is workforce-ready graduates

mrt | March 10, 2019

Higher education leaders' goal is workforce-ready graduates
Higher education presidents of Midland and Odessa colleges and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin have one goal in common: to adapt to an ever-changing world and prepare students for a long-term sustainability of workforce demands.During Wednesday's State of Education at the Horseshoe Pavilion, MC President Steve Thomas, OC President Gregory Williams and UTPB President Sandra Woodley all agreed the solutions to achieving their goals are innovation and risk-taking. We realize it's a new day in higher education," Williams said. "What we were able to do years ago is no longer acceptable."He said that because of this, OC challenges everything about education, and they have begun to reinvent the wheel nearly every day and do things more effectively. For instance, the traditional 16-week semester will become two eight-week terms. Instead of taking four courses at once, students will take two courses at a time. Aside from reducing students' stress, this will also credit students as full-time students, allowing them to receive financial aid as a full-time student."We also believe that our first (course) is free to anyone who wants to come to our institution," Williams said. "We give away the first (course) online or face-to-face because we feel we have such a quality product that they need to experience it."

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