Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Grant will help long-distance OC programs
Odessa College recently was awarded a $102,200 grant by the Telecommunications
Infrastructure Fund Board to aid OC's distance education programs in its
service area, the largest service area in the state.
Robert Munoz, OC dean of workforce, continuing and distance education,
said the grant will help the college serve its students more effectively
by providing easier access to classes via interactive video and the Internet.
"In addition to our main campus, Odessa College has had a long-standing
presence throughout West Texas by way of our extension sites, telecourses
and Internet classes," said Munoz. "With this funding, we'll be able to
extend our reach to students who might not otherwise be able to get college
credit or workforce training," he said.
Munoz said the grant would be used to purchase Web cameras, Internet
software and other advanced technologies that will be implemented at OC's
main campus and its Pecos Technical Training Center in Pecos.
"If Odessa and West Texas are to expand the job base and remain economically
strong, we have to continue to develop a well-educated, well-trained workforce,"
he said. `This grant will help us do that," he said.
As mandated by the Texas Legislature, the OC service area encompasses
over 33,000 square miles, an area larger than the state of Maine.
The Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board is a state agency founded
in 1995 that funds communications improvements for schools, libraries and
nonprofit health care facilities.
For more information about Odessa College's distance education programs,
call 335-6580 or visit OC's Web site at www.odessa.edu.
Granado named to Dean's List
St. Edward's University released its Dean's and Honorable Mention Lists
for the Spring 2001 semester.
Students on the Dean's List have completed 12 or more hours of credit
and have a minimum semester grade point average of 3.50. Students on the
Honorable Mention List are either full-time students with a semester grade
point average between 3.25 and 3.49, or part-time students with a minimum
grade point average of 3.25.
St. Edward's University is an independent Catholic liberal arts university
of 4,100 students in Austin. It was founded by the Congregation of Holy
Named to the Dean's List from Pecos is Kelly Liza Granado, who is majoring
WTSS sponsors `watermelon day'
Students and staff at West Texas State School got a break from the heat
on Aug. 30 with the help of a trailer full of ice cold Coyanosa watermelons
as they celebrated the 2nd Annual "Watermelon Day," courtesy
of the WTSS Community Advisory Council.
Students from each dorm participated in watermelon-eating contests,
with JCO dorm supervisors serving as judges. Community Advisory Council
members Julian Dawson, B.F. Clark, Bill and Dottie Slattery, Dennis Bowers
and Julia Smith were on hand to share in the festivities. The ice-cold
watermelon provides some much welcome relief from high temperatures, as
well as a chance for staff, students and volunteers to have some fun.
The mission of the Texas Youth Commission volunteer services department
is to maximize community resources and utilize volunteers to provide opportunities
that enable youth to become responsible and productive citizens.
West Texas State School is always in need of volunteers for membership
on the Community Advisory Council, to provide one-on-one tutoring, enhance
religious activities, to serve as mentors and to sponsor special events
such as dorm Christmas parties.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at WTSS, contact Donna
Garcia, Coordinator for Volunteer Services at 915-389-5555, ext. 221 or
Christmas For Kids
The Reeves County Sheriff's Posse is having a barbecue plate sale from
11 a.m.-3 p.m., this Saturday at the Posse Barn.
Each plate costs $4.
Proceeds from the sale will be used to buy Christmas presents for children
and their families.
Last year the Posse helped 173 families and 511 children and hope to
be able to help more this year.
To order barbecue plates call 445-3400.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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