Midland College Williams Regional Technical Training Center recently had upgrades to the facility thanks to a recent $15,000 donation.
The General Purpose Lab, also known as the student resource lab, had about $9,000 of work done to make the room more inviting.
The individual wall facing desks were removed and two large study desks complete with usb plug ins were put in instead.
“It makes it a more collaborative study area,” said Director Matt Tarpley.
The walls were repainted, cabinets and desks were updated.
It also equipped the room with secure areas to lock tests in for the GED exams as required.
The money came from a brand new foundation, The Gary Regan Foundation.
The foundation wanted to support communities in Pecos County and Midland since the oil money they received came from those areas.
Once learning about WRTTC they immediately donated $15,000 for renovations and $25,000 to scholars dollars.
The remainder of the renovation money went towards an LED sign for outside of the college.
The sign cost $24,000, with Midland College covering the remainder of the cost.
The old sign was not lighted and was positioned between trees so many people didn't know it existed.
WRTTC is actively recruiting teachers for the several open positions they have.
The dual credit teacher for the English department left at the end of last school year, leaving a gap they were unable to fill.
To qualify the person must have a masters degree.
“We just don't have a lot of qualified people interested in the positions,” said Tarpley.
At the end of the 2020 term the economics and government teacher is retiring as well as the energy program teacher.
Recently Midland College funded a geology course but they had someone to teach for two semesters before they left and they haven't been able to fill the position.
“The recruitment of college educated faculty is hard, but we are actively looking,” said Tarpley.
Tarpley said the college is working on providing nursing students with a one stop shop for education, which the simulation room helps.
The closed in room mimics a patients room and has a speaker and camera, allowing the professor to sit in another room and guide the students and talk to them while allowing them to work.
The room was provided to the school by a grant three years ago.
“Everything the nursing students need we can do here,” said Tarpley.
The room also has donated equipment from Pecos County Memorial Hospital, meaning they are getting practical training on what the local hospital and possible future employer is using.
“We're very proud of that,” said Tarpley.