first_img Previous articleWILLIAMS: Black political power means zilchNext articleMudbug 20 coming up on Tuesday admin Most high school grads going to OC Odessa College Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness said the figures are pretty typical even going back a few years, but what’s different now is that the highest percentage are going to OC.The rate of 25 to 34-year-olds with a certificate or higher postsecondary credential for 2015 was 29.4 percent in West Texas. Statewide, it was 41 percent. The 60 by 30 statewide initiative aims for 60 percent of 25 to 34-year-olds to earn a degree or certificate by 2030.In recent years, the college has been trying to provide more points when people can take classes and help them achieve success through initiatives like the drop rate improvement program meant to help instructors connect with students by knowing their names and laying ground rules early.Research shows that after leaving Odessa College with a two-year technical degree, graduates go to work and make $110,000 to $111,000 a year after five years, OC President Gregory Williams has said.The percentage of people in Ector County with baccalaureate degrees is 13 to 16 percent, Vice President for Instruction Valerie Jones has said.“We’re so far down they think if we can do 30 percent by 2060, we’re pretty good rather than 60 percent by 2030,” Odessa College Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Don Wood said. “They actually do have lower expectations for West Texas. They think we get to 55 if we really hustle.”Unemployment rates were low in 2014 at 3.9 percent and in 2018 at 3.3 percent, Wood said. However, OC has had five straight years of enrollment growth, he said.Fall enrollment in 2014 was 4,867 and 6,308 in 2018.Spring enrollment for 2014 was 4,607 and 5,757 in 2018.Five-year fall enrollment growth from 2012-2017 was up 28.7 percent at OC. Meanwhile, it was down 0.7 percent statewide, 1.7 percent at Howard College and was up 0.7 percent at Midland College, numbers from the 2018 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac show.“This is typically when you see a drop off in enrollments at the both the university level and the community college level, but Odessa College has found a way to not do that. We have grown every year and now we have our highest enrollments in the history of the college,” he said.There are a number of things that make OC different from other colleges, Wood said.It provides the first class free, but most people take two classes so they get started on their higher education.“The other aspect of that is they come in and that allows us to review all the financial aid packages they need. It allows us to set them up on a pathway to completion. Basically, it’s getting them in the door. That’s one aspect of it,” Wood said.“The second aspect of it is we also provide progress discounts, so they get to 30 credits, they get 10 percent off. They get to 45 credit hours, they get 20 percent off tuition. This also is a huge help to students financially,” he added.Another component is that OC is intentional about working with high schools and getting students interested in college while they’re in high school. College representatives also work with the students themselves individually.“Our dual credit program has grown every year, as well,” Wood said. “We have … almost 1,900 students in dual credit.”In Ector County, Wood said, we’ve made five commitments to help students in ECISD. The college now has a permanent staff member at Odessa High School and Permian High School and a permanent staff member based at OC working with all the middle schools.“The goal there (with the middle schools) is to interact with all the eighth graders to get them interested in understanding what dual credit is and understanding the benefits of college. This goes along with our commitment to do 1,000 presentations to the ECISD group. We have people working with elementary school kids; we have people working with the middle school kids; we have people working with the high school kids,” Wood said.“This is to help the students stay focused on education and we work to help students get placed in both university and community college,” he added.The college also started offering eight-week terms instead of the traditional 16-week semesters in 2014. Wood said this gives people a lot more “on ramps” to college.The 2013 cohort, the last one to start with 16-week terms, had a 28 percent three-year graduation rate for full-time students. For the 2014 cohort, the three-year graduation rate spiked to 42.4 percent.The three-year graduation rate for part-time students in the 2014 cohort was 30.8 percent.The three-year graduation rate for students who are college ready and not taking developmental education courses is 52.9 percent for this year, according to the 2018 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac, Wood said.Innovation is the key to better results in higher education, Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes said in a statement.In 2015, Odessa College was ranked 31st among Texas community colleges with a 19 percent graduation rate. Two years later, with a graduation rate of 42 percent, the institution achieved the highest three-year community college graduation rate in the state, Paredes said.In Texas, 10 percent of a community college’s funding is based on success points. This is meant to encourage colleges to move students through college and get them to hit milestones a little bit faster.Odessa College in the last three years has seen a 30 percent increase in its success points, the highest in the state, Wood said.Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, said OC’s overall performance is excellent and the school sets a standard for its peers. He added that Odessa College has the highest three-year graduation rate in the state and noted the increase in success points.Odessa College also recently signed an articulation agreement with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin that will make for an easier transition from community college to a four-year school and helps with timely graduation.Seliger said either Wood or President Gregory Williams will be testifying before the Senate Committee on Higher Education April 25 about how they are moving toward 60 by 30.The regional goals reflect the art and science of setting projections. Kelly Carper Polden, spokeswoman for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, said there is a lot of variation in terms of how many people have certificates and degrees regionally across the state.“As we developed the regional targets, we took both the current levels of attainment and the statewide goal into consideration,” Polden said. “We identified, what is the minimum amount of growth we would need to see from each region, given where they are starting, to get to 60 percent statewide. Some regions are above and some are below 60.”“Regions above 60 percent are capped, which means that regions who start on the low end actually have more growth required to hit their regional targets. We would love to see each region stretch to 60 percent, and applaud efforts to do so. We also want to be reasonable based on current levels of education and projections we have about population growth in each region, to set reasonable stretch goals,” she added.Educated Population(Percent of the 25-34-year-old population with a certificate or higher postsecondary credential, 2015)Statewide: 41 percent.West Texas: 29.4 percent.High Plains: 37.7 percent.Northwest: 36.4 percent.Metroplex: 45.4 percent.Upper East: 33.9 percent.Southeast: 32.9 percent.Gulf Coast: 42.4 percent.Central Texas: 47.8 percent.South Texas: 33.4 percent.Upper Rio Grande: 38.3 percent. State Sen. Kel Seliger congratulates Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Donald Wood on Odessa College’s graduation rate in Austin. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Region 9.60 x 30TX completion goal.More data on completions. Of the 21,000 high school graduates that go to college, most stay in the region and the majority attend Odessa College.Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board figures for 2016 show 76.4 percent of high school graduates stay in the region. Some 5,667 students, or 26.9 percent, go to OC.Midland College gets 4,811 students, or 22.8 percent, and Howard College attracts 19.5 percent, or 4,121 students.Meanwhile, about 30 percent of West Texas students attend universities. Angelo State University gets or 3,346 students, or 15.9 percent, and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin draws 3,155 students, or 15 percent. 1 of 2 Pinterest Local NewsEducation WhatsApp By admin – April 15, 2018 More Information Twitter Facebook OC Numbers 1.jpglast_img read more

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleHarley calls for changes to EU road contract rulesNext articleQuinn says Carrigart Beach impasse could take two weeks to resolve News Highland Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Partner of Marie Fleming says HSE demanded proof she was dyingcenter_img By News Highland – November 26, 2013 News The partner of Marie Fleming has revealed the HSE demanded documented proof that the terminally ill woman is dying, as part of a review of her medical card.The 59 year old MS sufferer made headlines earlier this year for her failed Supreme Court bid to protect Tom Curran from prosecution, should he help her take her own life.He’s told Irish Daily Mirror that the HSE has asked for proof of how ill the former university lecturer is.However its understood the health authority has told Marie she can keep her medical card, and that the request for documentation was only made as part of a routine procedure. Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

first_imgENDICOTT (WBNG) — An air state facility permit awaiting approval for SungEel MCC Americas’ proposed lithium ion battery recycling facility was granted by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Public records issued by the DEC about the SungEel HiTech plant in South Korea, show dozens of toxic chemicals could be involved in the recycling process. SungEel MCC Americas told 12 News emissions will be monitored, controlled and tested to meet air quality standards. “Following a careful review and transparent public process, on March 27, 2020, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued an Air State Facility Permit and a Solid Waste Management Facility (Recycling) Registration to Sungeel MCC Americas, LLC (SMCC) to construct and operate a lithium-ion battery recycling facility in the Huron Campus in the village of Endicott, Broome County. DEC determined the emissions/operations in the application to be in full compliance with New York’s stringent rules and regulations governing air emissions, which are fully protective of public health and the environment.” A spokesperson for the New York State DEC told 12 News on Wednesday: Back in February, Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson told 12 News she had some concerns about the facility, since she had not been contacted by the company when she moved into office. After the permit was issued, Jackson told 12 News she is hiring an environmental specialist to independently look at this DEC permit and the process. “With our village’s contamination past, I understand everyone being scared,” she said. “I am hoping for more time to finish the investigation we started, before anything is, or is not done.” Many residents are charged up over the safety of the facility, after dozens of public comments were submitted to the Department of Environmental Conservation expressing concern. SungEel MCC Americas says it would be the first of its kind facility here in the United States. The company’s joint venture partner, SungEel HiTech, currently operates a similar facility in South Korea. Much of the concern around the plant comes from the history of lithium ion batteries. They are known to be highly flammable and linked to fires and injuries across the U.S. The permit allows the company to construct and operate a lithoum ion battery recycling plant. The facility is now one step closer to beginning operations at 801 Clark St. on Endicott’s Huron Campus. 12 News reached out to SungEel MCC Americas, but has not yet gotten a response. Stay with 12 News for the latest on this developing story.last_img read more

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Industry affiliate marketing publisher Catena Media has cited a struggling performance across its core business units after recording a 2.1% drop in revenues during full-year 2019 trading.Publishing its end of year report for the period January – December 2019, Catena revealed that revenues were down from €105m in 2018 to €102.8m in 2019. Catena also recorded a 1.8% year-on-year decline in search revenue, falling from €89.9m to €88.3m.A breakdown of segments performance sees paid revenue fall by 15%, recorded at €11.9m, while subscription revenue dropped by 57.7% to €2.6m.Losses before tax were recorded as €10.3m for the year, down from a profit of €33.1m in 2018. The losses came after paying €178,000 in taxes. Losses for the year stood at €10.5m, marking a sharp decrease from the €30.8m in profit recorded during 2018.“As the efforts we have put into our products now show a positive growth trend, we also saw challenges with some of our previously acquired assets not performing as planned,” Catena’s chief executive Per Hellberg said.“In our strategic review, operational efficiency programmes and evaluations of previously acquired products, we are writing down the value of certain assets acquired in the period 2016-2018, which simply can’t perform under today’s market conditions.“Now, with only two earn-out commitment to be settled, and with a strong operating refinancing of the company; we will communicate further details as soon as we have information to give.”Impairment costs also hindered Catena Media revenues throughout 2019, with the affiliate giant recording costs on intangible assets as €32.1m for the year. This has been attributed to ‘assets acquired between 2016 and 2018′.According to the end of year report, the impairment costs are said to relate to a write-down of €17.9m related to intangible financial assets primarily focused on the European marketplace. It also relates to casino assets acquired by Catena in 2016, valued at €13.2m, as well as €900,000 in sports betting assets.New depositing customers (NDCs) also took a hit during the year, with the figures totalling 436,706 (539,475) – a decrease of 19% compared to 2018. EBITDA also decreased by 15% and totalled €40.5m, down from €47.8m. Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Share Catena forecasts ‘record results’ ahead of August interims July 20, 2020 Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

first_imgSporting News writer Ryan Fagan traveled through Florida and Arizona this spring, stopping at camps and chatting with the players. One of his side projects is a quick-hitter Q/A we’re calling “Two Minutes With …”Previous editions: Anthony Rizzo | Kyle Freeland | Jo Adell | Max Muncy | Touki Toussaint | Clint Frazier | Pat Neshek | Jonny Venters | Cam Bedrosian | Steve Cishek | Chris Iannetta | Cal Quantrill | Ben Gamel | Robert Stock What’s one talent you’d most like to have?SWANSON: Singing. I would love to be able to have pipes. Any kind of pipes. That’d be awesome. I love rap and R&B. I wouldn’t want to be able to rap, but I’d love to be able to sing. My girlfriend would probably say the same thing. What’s best purchase you’ve ever made? SWANSON: Best purchase I’ve ever made? Wow. Honestly, this is probably anticlimactic, but my place in Nashville. I love being there. I know I’m a big Atlanta guy, but during the offseason I love being there. It just really makes it a good home for me for a few months. Are you a Nashville hot chicken guy?SWANSON: No, not really. I cook a lot, honestly. I’m always up for any type of good food. I’m not picky with my eating. Up now: Braves shortstop Dansby SwansonMORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNWhat’s one of your first baseball memories?SWANSON: It’d have to be going to the T-ball fields when I was a kid, just hitting BP out there. I specifically remember my grandpa throwing to me. We call him Pops. My dad threw to me a ton, too; they’d go out there and throw to me.What’s the last show you binge-watched?SWANSON: I wouldn’t say binge-watched it, because it’s only six episodes, but “Bodyguard” on Netflix. It’s pretty good. And I love “Game of Thrones.” Love “Entourage.” “Entourage” is probably my all-time favorite. During the offseason, I don’t watch that many shows. So as a “Game of Thrones” fan, which bad guy’s death was more satisfying to you: Joffrey’s or Ramsey’s? SWANSON: Oh, man. They’re both terrible. I think I’d have to say Ramsey’s cause Joffrey, I mean, Joffery just sucked. He’s just brutal. But Ramsey? He was just like the scum of the earth. Who are some of your favorite follows on Instagram?SWANSON: I’m obviously a big Atlanta guy, so I follow all the Atlanta hip-hop guys and stuff. It’s just fun. There’s a ton of them. I enjoy following up because it makes me feel more connected to the city. What’s one thing you would do if you were MLB commissioner for a day? SWANSON: This may just be very basic, but I would allow for players to express themselves more. And when I say that, I mean for guys to be able to wear whatever cleats they want to wear, you know? Just to be themselves and not have to be a shell of themselves.last_img read more