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_imgFor more information, call Estes Reynolds at (706) 542-2574. Or e-mail him. Ironically, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks forced the cancellation of a Sept. 13-14 workshop on a topic the attacks made even more important to shoppers: food safety. The workshop has been rescheduled. The American Meat Science Association’s “Improving Your Sanitation Program” for meat and poultry processors will now be Nov. 29-30. It’s set for the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Ga.The two-day, comprehensive workshop will begin at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 29. It will fill two full days with timely classes, ending around 5 p.m. Nov. 30. The comprehensive course was developed in cooperation with Virginia Tech and UGA food scientists.The course is designed for anyone responsible for meat or poultry processing plant sanitation, including quality control supervisors, HACCP coordinators, plant engineers and production managers.A $395 fee covers the course materials, a reception Thursday evening, two luncheons and refreshment breaks. Preregistration is required before Nov. 16. Just get a form off the Web and fax it to (706) 542-9066.last_img read more

first_imgApr-18 Consultancy firm LCP, which advised the Littlewoods trustees, said the deal would help to improve the scheme’s funding position as well as helping to reduce its downside risks. PIC Marks & Spencer 450 The trustees of the Littlewoods Pensions Scheme (LPS) have sealed an £880m (€1bn) pensioner buy-in deal with Scottish Widows in the latest sign of an increasingly buoyant bulk annuity transfer market.Under the terms of the transfer, the risks associated with 60% of the scheme’s liabilities have passed to the Edinburgh-based life insurance and pension company, which will now provide a monthly income to the trustee on behalf of the fund’s approximately 7,000 members.The move represents Scottish Widows’ largest bulk annuity transfer to date. So far the insurer has completed 17 deals, accounting for more than 25,000 pension scheme members.Colin Thwaite, chairman of the trustees for the scheme, said: “The attractive pricing of the transaction has closed the gap to being fully funded and further reduces the risk profile of our investments to meet members’ pensions.” Buy-in Prudential Longevity swap May-18 Rothesay Life Aviva Sea Containers 1983 Scheme 150 May-18 Post Office Rothesay Life Feb-18 Unnamed scheme L&G Rothesay Life Toshiba Buy-in Buy-in Feb-18* Marks & Spencer 140 Feb-18* Mar-18 Buy-in Feb-18* Credit: Ben Sutherland Littlewoods was broken up in 2004 and is now part of Shop Direct“Our role as specialist adviser is to get the focus of insurers who are choosing where to allocate their best pricing,” said David Stewart, partner at LCP.  “The pricing negotiated surpassed the trustee’s original expectations and moves them significantly forwards towards full de-risking.”More than £19bn of bulk annuity transfer deals, longevity swaps, buy-ins, and buyouts have been struck so far this year, according to JLT Employee Benefits. The figure is fast approaching the total £21bn worth of transactions realised in 2017. A decade ago approximately £8bn was transferred, with the market peaking in 2014 at £34bn.This year’s tally was boosted significantly by Rothesay Life’s £12bn acquisition of part of Prudential annuity book in the first quarter.There has also been a series of transfers in excess of £1bn struck in the early months of 2018, including the £2bn National Grid Electricity Group longevity swap with Zurich and Canada Life Re; and the £1.4bn Marks and Spencer buy-in deal, which was split between Aviva and Phoenix.JLT said that the average transfer size had also risen since 2017. “Deals executed last year ranged from £100m-£900m, with no individual transaction exceeding £1bn,” the company said.“Current insurer pricing is providing an attractive entry point for schemes across the market, with improving funding levels and rising sponsor interest feeding trustee demand.”Transactions announced in 2018: Bulk annuity back book Kingfisher PIC National Grid Electricity Group PPF+ Feb-18 WPP (five schemes) Aviva Buyout 2,000 Source: JLT Employee Benefits* Although announced in February 2018, transactions marked with an asterisk traded in the second half of 2017 May-18 475 DateScheme / FirmInsurerSize (£m)Type of transaction 209 Zurich/Canada Life Re 12,000 170 925 Phoenix Buyout 190 PPF+last_img read more