Odessa College has maintained a proud tradition of educating West Texans since its founding in 1946, which is no small task when dealing with a service area that includes 13 counties and covers 26,666 square miles—a geographic region larger than the entire State of West Virginia—the largest service area for any community college in Texas.
To effectively serve the educational needs of such a large and diverse area, OC currently offers 105 Associate and Certificate Degree programs in both the Arts & Sciences and Career and Technical disciplines. The Career Technical and Workforce Education (CTWE) courses offered account for more than 30 per cent of student enrollment at Odessa College, as the curriculum grows and changes continually to meet the growing and changing workforce demands of the West Texas community.
In addition to the beautiful main campus in Odessa, OC Extension Centers in the cities of Andrews, Monahans and Pecos offer both regular college credit and self-enrichment/developmental courses to individuals in those communities. Odessa College’s “campus” on the internet, OC Global, provides distance learning opportunities to individuals in more remote locations or with difficult schedule demands by providing 24-hour online access to a wide variety of fully accredited degree or certificate programs.
In the 2015-16 academic year Odessa College will register more than 6,000 students in university –parallel and occupational/technical credit hour courses. During the same time period, over 11,000 students will enroll in one or more of the Adult Basic Education, Continuing Education or Community Recreation courses offered by Odessa College. These statistics all point to one conclusion: students are “voting with their feet”, and coming to OC in record numbers because Odessa College is doing more to change the faces of education.
Odessa College is accredited to award associate degrees by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.