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MC dual-credit enrollment increases

Dual-credit enrollment at Midland College has increased from fall 2016, trustees learned in a presentation Tuesday at the board’s monthly meeting.

Fall 2017 enrollment for dual credit -- which allows students to earn both high school and college credits -- was 1,392 as of Tuesday. The figure is a jump from 1,116 students during the same semester last year, according to figures provided to the Reporter-Telegram.

But total enrollment was down from last fall, according to the presentation.

Texas Ranked #1 for Business by U.S. Corporate Executives

Texas has held the top business climate ranking since 1999.

Texas has the best business climate in the country, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives from Development Counsellors International (DCI). Florida is the runner up, followed by Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Tenaris closes several Texas facilities due to Hurricane Harvey

All Tenaris operations in Houston, Freeport and Bay City, Texas, are currently closed as devastating flooding and rain continues throughout south Texas.

Tenaris has asked all employees to take precautions and remain off the road until the inclement weather from Hurricane Harvey subsides and local authorities declare the roadways safe.

First Bancshares hires new president

First Bancshares of Texas, the holding company of Midland-based FirstCapital Bank of Texas, announced Don Cosby has been hired as its new president.

Cosby replaces Ken Burgess, who will remain as FirstCapital Bank’s chairman.

Midland-Odessa economic growth gains momentum at year’s mid-point

Midland and Odessa’s economies are entering the second half of 2017 with significant upward momentum, shaking off the effects of falling crude oil prices.

At the end of the second quarter, the Midland-Odessa Regional Economic Index marked the eight-month anniversary of its current recovery with its first year-over-year increase in two years.

Anadarko receives in-state tuition for employees relocating to Texas

August 4, 2017
 
 
Dr. Raymund A. Paredes
Commissioner of Higher Education
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, Texas 78711
 
Dear Dr. Paredes:
 
This letter is to inform you the Office of Economic Development and Tourism has certified Anadarko Petroleum Corporation ("Anadarko") for use of Section 54.222 of the Texas Education Code regarding in-state tuition for employees or family members relocating to Texas.

MDC approves contract with college district

More high school students will get the chance to develop their careers before going to college.

The Midland Development Corp. board on Monday approved a contract with the Midland Community College District to help expand Midland College’s dual-credit career and technology program, which in the past school year served 301 Midland Independent School District students. All involved hope to more than double that number in two years.

“It’s been a long process working with the MDC and MISD,” MC President Steve Thomas said ahead of the vote.

The Midland Development Corporation Approves an Agreement with Midland College for Expansion of their Midland College Dual Credit Career Program and the Technology Education Program

August 7, 2017 (Midland, Texas) – The Midland Development Corporation (MDC) approved an Economic Development Agreement with the Midland Community College District (Midland College) for the expansion of the Midland College Dual Credit Career Program and the Technology Education Program.

The fostering of the aforementioned programs will promote or develop new or expanded business enterprises in the City of Midland. The programs will assist in the retention of primary jobs through development or expansion of job training facilities for use by higher education.

The Sky’s The Limit In The Lone Star State

If Texas was a country, it would have the tenth-largest economy among nations. A business-friendly climate—TX, which has no corporate or personal income taxes, is the top-ranked state for Best Business Climate in our 2017 Rankings Report—as well as a highly skilled workforce, easy access to global markets and robust infrastructure has attracted the headquarters of 50 Fortune 500 companies to the Lone Star State.

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