Student Success

 

Student Success Stories

 

bradadams thumbnailBrad Adams

Midland College respiratory Care student Brad Adams was honored April 9 at the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society national convention in Seattle, Washington, as one of 25 recipients of the Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship..

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Aguirre tbBrenda Aguirre

Brenda Aguirre, born and raised in Midland, TX, knew she wanted to sing since she was five years old.

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cbascus thumbCelestina Bascus

Celestina Bascus is the definition of success in so many ways. But her childhood was no predictor of that success. She was born "dirt poor" in Big Spring. Her first language was Spanish, and she sometimes struggled in the English-speaking world.

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irma bueno tbIrma Bueno

During Irma Bueno's senior year at Midland High School, her father was diagnosed with renal failure. Irma knew that the most important thing she could do for her father—who never got any further in his education than elementary school—would be to complete high school. So, she persisted and graduated in 2008 with honors.

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Karen tbKaren Buenrostro

Twenty-four-year-old Karen Buenrostro is no stranger to hard work and going beyond her "comfort zone." She's the first person in her family to graduate from college and has plans to pursue a graduate degree in a few years.

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campbell tbChad Campbell

Throughout the years, Midland College Gofl Coach Delnor Poss has developed a remarkable list of former players who are professionals on various tours throughout the world. But the hottest player on that list—in fact, one of the hottest golfers on the PGA tour—is Chad Campbell, who defeated Tiger Woods in the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship in 2006.

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 Isabel Carrillo tbIsabel Carrillo

Isabel Carrillo's motto is "Watch me do this!" and people have been watching her do amazing things for the past 23 years. The Midland, Texas, native has been defying the odds and proving herself from the time she was at Bonham Elementary School until the present as she begins a master's degree in communications at The University of Texas at Tyler.

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Suzanne Wilson Collins tbSuzanne Wilson Collins

Suzanne Wilson Collins, R.N., was 18 years old when her first son was born with a bilateral cleft lip palate, which is a hole between the oral and nasal cavities. Twenty-four years and thirty-one surgeries later, Collins said that God definitely has a plan for everyone, and His plan for her centers around helping and caring for those in need.

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 Jennifer Conner tbJennifer Conner

"The biggest thing in life is that you are always going to be handed lemons, it's what you do with them that's going to matter."

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Chuy Cordero thumbnailChuy Cordero

"I like numbers!" Those are the words of Chuy Cordero, and he is making a successful living "crunching" those numbers.

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Cynthia Costilla tbCynthia Costilla

"I never thought I would be in this position," said Cynthia Costilla. The position in which Costilla finds herself is about to graduate with an associate degree in Health Information Technology and embark on a promising career in the medical field.

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tbOmar Cruz

Momma, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys—instead, you may want to encourage them to be oilfield workers, like 21-year-old Omar Cruz. Having just graduated from MC's Energy Technology program in December 2012, Cruz now is employed as a field specialist for Chevron and enjoys "the good life." More...

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Jeff Darr thumbnailJeff Darr

During the past 26 years, Darr has moved up in the ranks of the Midland Police Department from patrol officer to his current position as Deputy Chief of Field Operations, where he supervises 120 employees and is responsible for a $12 million budget.

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Billy Davis thumbnailBilly Davis

"I've been taking things apart since I was about 4 years old," says Billy Davis. The 22-year-old Berg Motor Company service technician is now getting paid for taking things apart! (Of course, he has to put them back together properly.) He's been on the job for a little over a year, and it all began with dual enrollment automotive technology courses at Lee High School.

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Raul Dominguez tbRaul Dominguez

When Raul Dominguez was 16 years old, he had his mind made up that he was going to drop out of Midland High School. "I was a terrible high school student," said Dominguez. "I was never prepared—I was lucky if I had a pencil in my pocket, much less paper. I had no idea what my GPA was, and I didn't care."

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energytech thumbnailEnergy Tech

Chevron has been a partner with MC in the energy technology program from its inception. The company provides internships to MC students, and in May 2011, Chevron hired several students from MC's first energy technology graduating class as field specialist trainees. Timothy Acosta and Leonard Gonzales are two of these graduate who began their careers with Chevron on May 23.

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GuinnTatum Guinn

"During my first journalism class at Midland College, I realized that I love telling stories about how everyday events affect people," said KOSA CBS7 reporter Tatum Guinn.

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Andy Hancock thumbnailAndy Hancock

"It is quite fitting that my first solo show would be at Midland College as it was while I was there that I first started exploring what all I could do with photography and began to consider it as a career," said Andrew Hancock, this fall's Midland College Studio 3600 Series artist.

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Barbara Heredia thumbnailBarbara Heredia

Translated into English, the Italian word bellisimo means very beautiful, gorgeous, ravishing, stunning. For 26-year-old Barbara Heredia, it also means the beginning of an entrepreneurial career.

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saulherrera thumbnailSaul Herrera

"I didn't think college was in my future," said Saul Herrera, "but I loved MC as soon as I got there!" Saul especially enjoyed his job managing the game room in the Scharbauer Student Center in 1979 and 1980. It's where he met the athletes, became their friends, and found his way to one of his greatest passions for the past thirty years: Midland College basketball.

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Richard Hirth thumbnailRichard Hirth

It was almost like a fairy tale. She was an 18-year-old Midland Lee High School graduate; he was a 19-year-old Midland College sophomore and president of the MC Student Government Association. Between 2004 and 2007, they met, fell in love and got married—it all happened on the MC campus!

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Thomas Hudson thumbnailThomas Hudson

When Thomas Hudson graduated from Midland High School in 2004, there was no question as to where this third-generation Aggie would go to college—it was Texas A&M all the way. He did do one thing a little differently: instead of majoring in engineering like his father and older brother, Hudson majored in history, and in 2008 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from A&M.

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Kathy Hughes tbKathy Hughes

Kathy Hughes is a smart, independent businesswoman, who always knew she wanted to manage her own company helping people.

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Shannon Kennedy thumbnailShannon Kennedy

Observation, assessment and care—those are the skills that Shannon Kennedy says one must possess to be a neonatal nurse. The newborns in the nursery at Midland Memorial Hospital's West Campus can't speak for themselves; thankfully, they have Kennedy to be their advocate.

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Bryce King tbBryce King

Bryce King, a former Midland College (MC) student, knows what it's like to work hard to achieve his dreams. It takes drive, perseverance, hard work and passion.

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Christine Krenik thumbnailChristine Krenik and Megan Dutton

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowgirls! They'll earn a whole lot more if you steer them towards science, math, engineering and technical careers. It's time for American girls to give science, math and technology a second look because high paying jobs for women are frequently found in fields where women are scarce.

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lemaster tbDavid LeMaster

If you want to know what David LeMaster has been doing since he graduated from Midland College in 1987, just "Google" his name. In the dozens of links that pop up, you'll learn fascinating information.

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Sarah Lopez tbSarah Lopez

Twenty-eight-year-old Sarah Lopez shares her passion for history with her deceased grandfather Jesus Alvarado, a Mexican immigrant who passed away in 2007. In fact, Mr. Alvarado encouraged Lopez to begin her college career, and he was the main reason that she wanted to complete her associate degree at Midland College (MC).

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Cedie Martin thumbnailCedie Martin

The mission statement of HospiceMidland reads, "To fulfill the unique needs of patients and their families by providing care from the heart." Caring from the heart is exactly what Cedie Martin, RN, does. Martin is the Clinical Nurse Manager for HospiceMidland's 14-bed inpatient unit located on the third floor of Midland Memorial Hospital.

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Judith Mendoza thumbJudith Mendoza

In 2001, when Judith Mendoza was 12 years old, she moved to Midland from La Ciudad de Chihuahua, Mexico. "I felt isolated and alone because I didn't know a word of English. So I made an effort to understand English as fast as I could," she states. "Now, I have made it my life's mission to help others who may have feelings of isolation and loneliness."

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Al Mitchell Today thumbnailAl Mitchell

He was raised on the Llano Estacado in Eddy County, New Mexico. Al Mitchell says if he ever writes a book of his adventures, it will be called The Llano Estacado Law Man because he has spent a good deal of his life putting criminals behind bars on the dry and treeless high plains straddling the Texas-New Mexico border.

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Angelica Olivas tbAngelica Olivas

She's the first member of her family to attend college, and Angelica Olivas isn't just attending college: In May the 31-year-old mother of three will have earned her second associate degree and a baccalaureate degree.

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RamseytbEllen Ramsey

Senator Kel Seliger depends on a smart, efficient, amiable woman to manage his Midland District office. That woman is Ellen K. Ramsey, a Midland resident of 27 years and a former MC student.

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Lynn Rogers thumbnailLynn Rogers 

Visiting Midland College feels like being at home -  that's what MC graduate Lynn Blakeney Rogers, a first-generation-to-college student, said about her alma mater.

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Eunice Rosas tbEunice Rosas

Eunice Rosas, M.S.N., R.N., is a nurse whose philosophy to good healthcare is "keeping the patient and the patient's family in the middle" while practicing in an ethical and professional manner.

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conniesanchez thumbnailConnie Sanchez

The education of Connie Sanchez was a family effort. When her kids got out of school during the day, they accompanied her to night classes at UTPB so she could finish her bachelor's degree. Her children witnessed, and were part of, Connie's commitment to getting an education.

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Luis Sanchez thumbnailLuis Sanchez

"I can't make promises, but I can find answers." Those are the words of 32-year-old Midland County Precinct 3 Commissioner Luis D. Sánchez. One of his major goals as county commissioner is "to empower the citizens of the underprivileged neighborhoods which he serves."

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Hospice staffBW thumbnailSim Lab & Hospice

The highly sophisticated computerized manikins in Midland College's medical simulation lab breathe, blink, speak, bleed, and even sweat! Until recently, the manikins have always survived all types of disease, cardiac arrest, and other trauma inflicted upon them for the purpose of teaching students in MC's health sciences programs.

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Curt Shelley tbCurt Shelley

In the early 1970s James R. South (Jim) laid the bricks on the first buildings at Midland College (MC). Forty years later the deceased bricklayer's wife, daughter and son-in-law now claim MC as their alma mater.

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Tony Shupp thumbnailTony Shupp

"God doesn't demand perfection, but He does require excellence." That is the motto that guides Tony Shupp's life. For the past three years, Shupp has served Stonegate Fellowship as the children's pastor. Along with 15 full-time employees, approximately 50 part-time employees and countless volunteers, he is responsible each week for leading 1,000 children—infants through sixth grade—in their walk with God.

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Trey Thompson tbTrey Thompson

Trey Thompson always loved working with his hands and repairing things. After spending four years stationed at Camp Pendleton in the U.S. Marines Corps Infantry Division, he moved to Midland because his father had been transferred to the Tall City from Wyoming.

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Jesse Trejo TBJesse Trejo

"School was traumatic for me," said Jesse Trejo. "I started first grade in Kansas, and because my parents are native Spanish speakers, I couldn't speak any English when I started school. In the early 70s, there weren't a lot of Spanish speakers in Kansas, and I was the only child in first grade that didn't know English."

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Juanita Valdez thumbnailJuanita Valdez

They had no television, no phone and no newspaper. Juanita Valdez does not share this news of her childhood home with regret, as she and her nine siblings were happy growing up on "The Oasis," a ranch in West Texas, between Dryden and Sheffield. The upside to their situation: school was everything.

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Vincent Villa tbVincent Villa

"When I graduated from Stanton High School, I knew I had to go to college in order to get ahead in life. I was determined not to fail, but college was a real 'eye-opener' for me," said 21-year-old Vincent Villa.

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Morris Williams thumbnailMorris Williams

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Carver Street, two blocks east of Lamesa Road, sits the headquarters of one of Midland's most important services—garbage collection, disposal and recycling. Morris Williams, Jr., quietly and unassumingly directs this important operation.

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Rudy Ybarra tbRudy Ybarra

Rudy Ybarra is a hard-working family man who knows that education paves the way to career success and financial stability.

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Bubba Youngblood tbBubba Youngblood

Midland College (MC) definitely feels like "family" for 24-year-old Bubba Youngblood.

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Melissa Zenger thumbnailMelissa Zenger

When Melissa Zenger's infant daughter passed away, she felt as if her life had ended as well, and she sank into a deep depression. Thanks to counseling, her faith and the desire to help her fellow human, she is now working as a case manager for the federally funded Pathways out of Poverty program.

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Kathryn Zimmerhanzel tbKathryn Zimmerhanzel

"I love being able to interact with all sorts of different people, and the hotel industry is FULL of surprises," said Kathryn Zimmerhanzel with a smile on her face and a gleam in her eye.

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