A well-educated workforce is essential in a competitive global environment and workers must be able to update and expand their knowledge as new technology and ways of working evolve. The Permian Basin has more than 220,000 professionals in the regional labor pool that have the educational expertise and technical aptitude to serve your industry. Midland County has added over 23,000 jobs since January 2010 (Texas Workforce Commission) and that number only keeps increasing. Post-secondary and higher education resources are readily available within the Midland area to serve area residents and businesses.
|Permian Basin Workforce Development Area*|
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|*Counties in WDA: Andrews, Borden, Crane, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, & Winkler|
UTPB is a member of The University of Texas System, providing bachelor and master degrees. A recent collaboration with UT San Antonio allows UTPB to now offer a doctoral degree as well as leadership training and research. UTPB's degree program in Mechanical Engineering, with or without a concentration in nuclear engineering, has become the sixth largest major on campus. The Midland Campus located at the CEED building will be offering a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering beginning the Fall of 2011.
Midland College is a level-two, comprehensive community college that offers more than 50 fields of study, including programs in nursing, paralegal studies, aviation maintenance technology, oil and gas technology. MC offers associate degrees, certificates, and even a baccalaureate degree. More than 7,000 credit students are enrolled at Midland College.
The Midland Development Corporation assisted with the funding for equipment for Midland College's Wind Energy Training curriculum to assist in developing and improving the workforce for existing industries as well as new wind industry companies.
Midland International is home of the Midland College Aviation Maintenance Technology program. Upon successful completion of this program students are eligible to obtain their FAA Airframe & Powerplant Licenses.
ATC is a unique educational partnership (with Midland College, the Midland Independent School District, and several community partners) designed to deliver technical workforce education programs. The facility also enables Midland-area residents to further enhance their technical skills through recognized certifications and other continuing education opportunities. The ATC offers instruction in a number of areas, including automotive, computer, building trades, machinist, and customized business demand technologies.
The Development Center is a state-of-the-art educational facility designed specifically for the oil and gas industry, and is one of seven mid-career training centers worldwide recognized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
The Center for Energy and Economic Diversification, located on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, offers courses, research, and other resources to the oil and gas industry and also works on helping transition the region's oil-dominated economy to a more diversified economy. The Petroleum Industry Alliance, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, and Small Business Development Center, which provides business assistance for small businesses, are all housed at CEED.
TTU's Health Sciences Center offers programs in healthcare fields that include nursing, family medicine, OB-GYN, and internal medicine and pediatrics. The TTUHSC also offers a Master's Degree program in physical therapy and a baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy.
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) offers training assistance through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) Program.
The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier job–training program providing training dollars for Texas businesses and workers. Administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public Community and Technical colleges, Local Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.
The On The Job Customized Training program further benefits employers by tailoring a training program to the specific needs of the employer, especially in the area of introducing new technologies or procedures. Training can offered to new or incumbent employees in order to upgrade their skills and knowledge.
Additional services are available through TWC and administered locally through the Workforce Solutions of the Permian Basin.
Midland is currently in the process of becoming an ACT Certified Work Ready Community. With the ever-growing demand for skilled workers in the area, Midland’s school systems and businesses are coming together to help bridge the gap and make sure that your company has the talent in place to help you succeed.
By participating in ACT's Certified Work Ready Communities initiative, states are helping:
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