Odessa College new GM ASEP and Kubota TECH programs to start in Fall 2024

Odessa, Texas/May 20, 2024-Odessa College recently announced a new GM ASEP and Kubota TECH programs starting in the Fall of 2024. The program is the first of its kind in West Texas and is designed to equip students with cutting edge skills and knowledge, through a combination of classroom and hands-on dealership training. 

(Robert Turner, Director of Automotive & Diesel Technology-Odessa College/Odessa, Texas) 

The General Motors Automotive Service Education Program and Kubota THEC program provides Odessa College automotive students with a paid internship with potential employers which paves the way for immediate employment after graduation. 

(Robert Turner, Director of Automotive & Diesel Technology-Odessa College/Odessa, Texas) 

Students in both the GM ASEP and Kubota TECH programs will receive additional benefits such as major tool discounts. 

(Robert Turner, Director of Automotive & Diesel Technology-Odessa College/Odessa, Texas) 

To apply or learn more about the GM Automotive Service Education Program or the Kubato TECH program at Odessa College Sewell Auto Tech visit www.odessa.edu. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

Odessa College and the UT Permian Basin Recognized as Steinway Spirio Institutions

Odessa-Midland, Texas/April 14, 2024-Odessa College recently hosted representatives from Steinway and Sons during a special recognition ceremony at the college. OC is recognized as one of only a few institutions in the U.S. to earn the distinction as an “All-Steinway Spirio Institution. 

(Pervis Evans, Senior Dean for the School of Liberal Arts and Education-Odessa College/Odessa, Texas) 

The Steinway Spirio demonstration included a collaboration with New York pianist Michael Cabe, who performed live from New York City. 

(Bryan Elmore, Director of Institutional Sales/Educational Services-Steinway and Sons) 

The Steinway Spirio presentation also featured an Odessa College music faculty member, and an OC music student who performed an excerpt from Waltz in C sharp minor by Chopin. 

The University of Texas of the Permian is also recognized as an All-Steinway Spirio Institution. UTPB became an All-Steinway Spirio school in 2012 and acquired three pianos in 2022. 

(Dr. Oliver Lucero Institutional Sales/Educational Services-Steinway and Sons/Dallas, Texas) 

The Spirio system is billed as the world’s finest high-resolution piano, capable of live performance capture and playback. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

Grand Opening of the James Segrest Stadium and Fitness Court

 

Odessa, Texas/February 6, 2024-Odessa College recently celebrated the Grand Opening of the James Segrest Stadium and Fitness Court. College Staff, Administration and students along with State Representative Brooks Landgraf, the Odessa Chamber of Commerce and councilmembers from the City of Odessa were at the special grand opening event. 

(Dr. Gregory Williams, President-Odessa College/Odessa, Texas) 

First Basin Credit Union was recognized at the Grand Opening of the James Segrest Stadium for contributions of 1 million dollars to start the project a couple of years ago. Several areas at the stadium represent the First Basin Credit Union logo. 

(Dr. Gregory Williams, President-Odessa College/Odessa, Texas) 

Cindi Segrest-Williams, daughter of James Segrest, Odessa College Track and Field Coach from 1973 to 1988 participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony and the inaugural walk. 

(Cindi Segrest-Williams, Daughter-James Segrest, Odessa College Track and Field Coach From 1973 to 1988) 

Odessa College in partnership with the National Fitness Council and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas built a new outdoor fitness court. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

 

16th Anniversary Spring Drive to Success Kick-off Celebration

Odessa College held the spring Drive to Success student incentive program kick off. OC students, faculty and staff gathered at the Saulsbury Campus Center for the celebration. 

(Urisonya Flunder, Executive Director of Student Life-Odessa College/Odessa College) 

OC Students will have the opportunity to earn a new Ford Mustang at the end of the Spring Semester. 

(Urisonya Flunder, Executive Director of Student Life-Odessa College/Odessa College) 

Prizes were awarded during the Spring Drive to Success student incentive program kick-off celebration, which is in its 16th year. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

Odessa College Safety Training Approved for OSHA Alliance Program

Odessa, Texas/December 2, 2023-Odessa College recently hosted an OSHA Alliance signing and Safety Training Open House at the OC Training Center to celebrate its approval into the OSHA Alliance Program. 

The OSHA Area Director and members of the OSHA Regional and National Offices joined Odessa College faculty, staff and administration for the formal signing ceremony. 

(Dean McCann, Lead Health and Safety Instructor-Odessa College/Odessa, Texas) 

The OSHA Alliance will provide an opportunity for students to earn the OSHA credential while enhancing the curriculum for both safety training as well as the Occupational Safety and Environmental Technology programs. 

(Dean McCann, Lead Health and Safety Instructor-Odessa College/Odessa, Texas) 

Through the Alliance Program, OSHA establishes formal relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health and to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

Odessa College 2023 Honors/Guest Speaker Noel Quiñones

Odessa College/November 9, 2023-Odessa College held its annual OC Honors celebration luncheon at the Odessa Marriot Hotel and Convention Center. The event featured guest speaker Noel Quiñones, founder of Project X, a Bronx-based arts organization, he is a 40 under 40 Rising Latino Stars Recipient, and a member of the 2019 Intercultural Leadership Institute cohort. 

(Noel Quiñones, Performer, Artist and Educator-Guest Speaker/OC Honors Event) 

Noel Quiñones a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Masters in Fine Arts, he has performed on stages across the country including the Lincoln Center. His work has been showcased on Huffington Post, Vibe, Latina Magazine, Univision and elsewhere. 

(Noel Quiñones, Performer, Artist and Educator-Guest Speaker/OC Honors Event) 

The Odessa College Honors presented the 2023 Honorees: Outstanding Individual- Chris Cole; Outstanding Business-First Basin Credit Union; Outstanding Non-Profit- Permian Strategic Partnership; Community Impact Award-Andrews Independent School District; Outstanding Educator-Dr. Scott Muri. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera