Creating a hi-tech workforce for the future: Midland College Dual Credit & CTE programs

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24 Jan 2022


Dual Credit and CTE programs allow high school students to take college-level courses in conjunction with local colleges. In addition to satisfying high school requirements, students also earn college credits. These programs are gaining in popularity. Students get a taste of more challenging material while also earning college credit, which not only saves them money on college costs but also can reduce the time it takes to complete a college degree. A recent study** concluded that students who participate in dual enrollment programs are more likely to graduate high school, go to college, and ultimately earn degrees more quickly than their peers.

(** A study by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center)

Technical dual credit courses offered by Midland College, Texas allow students to earn college-level certifications while in high school that can lead to immediate job opportunities. In the area of Applied Technology, the following programs offer dual coursework:

  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision Repair
  • Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
  • Diesel Technology
  • Energy Technology
  • Information Technology &
  • Welding Technology.

In the field of Health Sciences, dual credits are available for:

  • Nurse Aide
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Fire Fighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician &
  • EKG Technician.

Benefits from pursuing dual credit courses with Midland College:

While they present students with the opportunity to begin their freshman year of college with college credits while they also earn credits toward high school graduation, dual credit courses offer students several benefits: 

  • The benefits of lower tuition costs
  • A smoother transition between high school and college
  • First-hand exposure to college-level work while still in high school
  • Upon high school graduation, students will have completed entry-level certificates with relevant job skills
  • Classes taken for certificates apply directly to the completion of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree
  • On completion of an AAS degree, a student can apply directly to a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree
  • A chance to complete bachelor degrees faster - graduate early or with a double major
  • Access to the college library and other online research resources.

The Dual Credit Programs at Midland College:  A low-cost pathway to higher education

The Midland College Dual Credit & CTE Programs are a great, low-cost model for high-school-to- workforce pipeline in the area for students who do not want to invest 4 years in acquiring a college degree. As early as the 9th grade, students are able to embark on pathways that enable them to fulfill high school graduation requirements and earn college credits leading to industry certifications and university transfer programs. The curriculum at Midland College is specifically designed to meet the current and future needs of the Permian Basin's thriving industries and to provide students with college credit and the opportunity to enjoy rewarding careers in high-growth, high-wage professions. 

Midland College and MDC: Committed to career development and technology education

In developing the requirements for this program, Midland College and MDC have focused on continuing our commitment to career and technology education with flexibility and affordability which will allow students to succeed. The new and expanded programs have appealed to students, especially to those who have a strong commitment to Midland and want to remain in the Permian Basin after graduation. To provide the needed programming, the MDC has provided Midland College with a five-year commitment of $1.35 million. 

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