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_imgAverage retail gasoline prices in Vermont moved just 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.86/gallon today. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.85/g, according to gasoline price website VermontGasPrices.com.Including the change in gas prices in Vermont during the past week, prices today are 86.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 7.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 11.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 83.4 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.About VermontGasPrices.comGasBuddy.com operates over 200 live gasoline price-tracking websites, including VermontGasPrices.com. GasBuddy.com was named one of Time magazine’s 50 best websites and to PC World’s 100 most useful websites of 2008. Source: VermontGasPrices.com Vermont, VT, April 5, 2010-last_img read more

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Back in January there were some rumblings about a virus on the other side of Earth, but for the most part, life in these United States seemed pretty much “normal”. In late February, a lot of us were in D.C. at GAC and weren’t really thinking about masks and hand sanitizer. And then came March. The doors to our offices got locked up and we were all sent home (ok some of us were already at home). As someone who’s been working from home for some time now, it can definitely be an adjustment at first. If you’re still spending a lot of time in your home office, here are a few ways you can make sure your home office is as productive as your actual office.Invest in it: An outlet near your dining room table does not equal a home office. You need a room in your house that will let you get away from distractions. During this “stay at home” period, the biggest distraction you’re probably dealing with is the other people in your house. Being the only one in my house and having a dedicated office is nice. If you have a room you can make your office, make it feel like a real office. Get a nice desk with storage, enough outlets/powerstrips for everything you need, good lighting, and maybe even a mini fridge for holding six-packs of b … soda.Keep office hours: Another bad thing about distractions at home is that you’ll find yourself working into the night. Think about what time you normally get out of your car at the office and what time you normally get back into the car. The time in-between is the time you should be spending in your home office. Make sure you’re managing your time well and you’re not turning 8 hours of work into 12.Straighten up: My desk at my old office was always in pristine shape. My desk in my home office is not always in pristine shape. Get rid of the clutter, toss those to-go coffees, take your plate from lunch last Tuesday into the kitchen and put it in the dishwasher. The great thing about cleaning up is once you get started you usually won’t stop until it’s perfect. And you’ll feel pretty dang good when you get to look at that finished product. Now … get back to work!last_img read more

first_img Defender Craig Dawson, James Morrison, Brown Ideye and Victor Anichebe are the next highest scorers with two. But Pulis, who replaced Alan Irvine last month, admits the January window has its problems. He said: “It’s such a difficult market because people are trying to fill positions, especially teams at the bottom who need to strengthen. They have had half a season looking at their strengths and weaknesses. “There are loads of players I’m interested in, until we sign them we’ll keep it as close to our chest as possible. “We have to get the team winning enough points to stay in the Premier League. It will be really tough, everyone has put a run of results together or looks stronger than they did.” The Baggies are a point behind Everton and the Toffees have struggled with consistency this season but Pulis, who has Berahino in his squad after the striker was banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to drink driving, expects them to pull away from any trouble. “I don’t see Everton being in it, they have had a poor run of results but they will pick up, there’s too much quality in the group,” he said. “Before the season started I looked at their squad and thought it was the strongest squad I have seen for years. “Roberto (Martinez) has added to it because of the Europa League, I expect them to go on a run of games and not be anywhere near it.” Press Association The Trust supports children with life-limiting conditions and their families and Pulis has already climbed Kilimanjaro for the charity. He is combining his training in the Baggies’ gym with watching matches and players, while also plotting for Monday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Everton. “Every year for the last six or seven years I have done something for the Donna Louise, I didn’t do anything last year and they rang me up and said ‘we have a big one this year’,” he said. “I have an enormous association with Stoke-on-Trent and with the hospice themselves. “With all the stuff I’ve jumped into here it’s going to be pretty tough. “I have set something up in the gym where I can watch players and games. Time goes quicker now rather than just going backwards and forwards. “The lads have been good to set up things here.” Pulis is keen on adding a new striker to aid the Baggies and ease the pressure on 14-goal Saido Berahino. Tony Pulis was brought in to steady the ship at West Brom but knows he must not capsize himself. The Baggies boss is scouting targets and preparing for games while training to row the Channel for the Staffordshire-based Donna Louise Trust. The 57-year-old will row from Tower Bridge to the Eiffel Tower – 450 nautical miles – with a group over six days in May. last_img read more

first_imgHe’s having shoulder reconstruction surgery tomorrow.It had been thought he’d return a lot sooner than that – he’s also had an ankle injury of late.There are eight changes to the Connacht team that will take on the Cardiff Blues at the Sportsground tomorrow night. Kieran Marmion returns to the starting line-up while Niyi Adeolokun and centre Craig Ronaldson represent the other changes to the young back line.Nathan White also comes in to the front row with Mick Kearney and Quinn Roux starting behind them in the pack.last_img