Odessa College (OC) has focused on the future of Odessa and the Permian Basin since 1946, impacting the lives of more than 500,000 people through its college-prep, career and technical, continuing education, adult basic education, workforce training and community recreation programs.
OC core courses are guaranteed transferable and students can pursue their education for about 1/3 the cost of a four-year university. OC offers more than 45 associate degree programs and about 70 certificate options. To meet the needs of today's students, classes are available on the beautiful OC main campus in Odessa, at extension sites in Andrews, Monahans, Pecos, and Seminole. as well as in the convenience of their home or office over the Internet through OC Global. OC Global provides educational opportunities to anybody anywhere at anytime. It offers accredited completely online degree programs, but with access to real-life faculty and staff to help you be successful. Students can learn more about their educational opportunities by taking advantage of the new Wrangler Express Center, OC's new one-stop-shop customer service center.
Odessa College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Odessa College.
Century Commons, Odessa College's unique student housing community, offers apartment-style living accommodations right on campus, and they are convenient to classrooms, the library, the student center and recreational facilities.
Students also can drop into the Wi-fi Java Cyber Cafe for their favorite coffee, latte or frappuccino in between classes or study in the colorful and cozy surroundings of the cafe or its outdoor patio. Complete with overstuffed couches and chairs, special study booths, a variety of background music, art and photography exhibits, the Wi-fi Java Cyber Cafe offers students free access to computers and wireless high-speed Internet.
Students also can take advantage of the newly relocated and renovated Student Success Center. The Center provides knowledgeable tutors in a variety of subjects, resources for students with disabilities, a large computer lab, small study rooms and more to help OC students have a more successful college experience in a quiet, casual and comfortable setting.
Businesses throughout the Permian Basin also can benefit from specialized workforce training for their employees provided by the Continuing Education Department at OC. Training can be customized to meet the needs of a particular company or group, and classes can be held on the OC campus or at the job site.
Community groups, nonprofit organizations and Odessa College faculty, staff and students also have access to the state-of-the-art Dick and Amelia Saulsbury Conference Center at Odessa College, which opened in 2009 through the generosity of the community and the Saulsbury Family Foundation. The Saulsbury Conference Center is a completely renovated meeting facility featuring technology such as blackout blinds for windows, two drop-down screens and projectors, lights, sound, wireless Internet and more, all easily controlled from the podium. It also has a serving kitchen, upgraded restrooms and can accommodate up to 200 people.
With an emphasis on health and well being in today's society, the OC Sports Center remains a favorite place for community members and OC students. The 110,000-square-foot athletic center, voted "The Best" health center in Odessa by the community for many years, provides both indoor and outdoor tracks, a fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool, weight training facilities, racquetball courts, two gymnasiums and a wide variety of health and recreation programs for students and the community.
The Sports Center also is home to the OC Wrangler and Lady Wrangler basketball teams. In addition to basketball, OC's athletic program includes teams in women's softball, rodeo and cross country. Men's teams compete in baseball, golf, cross country and rodeo. Odessa College athletic teams hold 46 national titles and the institution has earned a national reputation for its outstanding athletic programs. OC athletics also includes the OC cheerleaders and OC Blues dance team.
Extracurricular activities enhance the students' many opportunities for social interaction with other students. A student can join intramural activities or participate in any of the diverse clubs and organizationson campus. For the musically inclined, the OC Music Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. OC also has the internationally recognized A Cappella Choir and Vocal Ensemble and the spirited OC Jazz Band. The music department also sponsors a community choir and a community band for interested area citizens.
Cultural attractions for the community include The Globe Theatre of the Great Southwest and the native plant botanical gardens. Musical attractions performed by the OC jazz and concert bands and the OC choir and vocal ensemble throughout the year also provide entertainment ranging from jazz and blues to opera, classical and more.