Distance Education, WebEx, and Virtual College of Texas (VCT)
- OC offers accredited completely online courses.
- WebEx courses are broadcasted live through the Internet using our WebEx video-conferencing system. Students are able to interact with their instructors in real-time using instant messaging, whiteboard, and webcam tools. Students participate in these courses from home or at one of our extension centers.
- VCT allows students to take online classes or begin work on an online degree from a partner college if the course or degree is not readily available at Odessa College. Students have access to hundreds of online courses from colleges throughout the state. Starting and ending dates may vary from those of Odessa College’s courses. For a list of courses and online degrees offered through VCT. To register for a VCT course or program, call 432-335-6508.
Odessa College understands that students are not always able to travel to the main campus to attend classes, so OC provides additional learning opportunities through its extension centers located in Andrews, Big Bend, Monahans, and Pecos. The college designates specific dates and times for registration for the upcoming semester or summer/winter sessions. Exact dates and times of each registration event are published in the Academic Calendar for each semester.
Information about classes offered at any of the extension sites is available online or on campus from the OC Pathways Advising Center and the Wrangler Express. Specific information about course offerings at the Pecos Technical Training Center is also available from the center staff 432-445-5535 or 432-335-6809.
Continuing Education and Workforce Training
Odessa College offers a wide variety of short-term, non-credit courses and training programs in the areas of personal enrichment, professional development and job skill enhancement. These courses range from one-day workshops to one-year programs. Continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded for successful completion of most courses. Many professionals may obtain CEUs for certification and licensure requirements.
Non-credit courses, seminars, and workshops offer a wide range of topics intended to accommodate individuals of all ages and interests. We offer face-to-face and online class options. There are no entrance requirements for most continuing education courses. A schedule of classes is available from the Continuing Education Office in Gregory D. Williams Hall. To register, contact the Continuing Education Office in person, by phone, (432)335-6580, or by email. The Continuing Education Office is located in the Gregory D. Williams Hall.
Workforce Development Training for Business and Industry
Your company’s employee training needs, like its products, are unique. Odessa College Continuing Education and Workforce Development works with you to provide training and education to meet those needs. We provide quality, cost-effective workforce training that can be customized around your industry and your employees. You can enroll employees in courses taught on the main campus, at one of our extension sites, or we can bring the course to your facility.
Adult Education and Literacy
Odessa College offers basic education classes for adults who have not completed high school and English classes for adults whose first language is not English. During a typical school year, enrollment in adult basic education classes averages 800 students. The Texas Educating Adults Management System Report shows a total of 767 students were enrolled in the 2010-2011 academic year. Of those, 40 students were enrolled at the Adult Secondary Education (ASE) level. Odessa College’s ABE Program has met or surpassed 100% of State and Federal Performance Standards for the past eight years.
Adult Basic Education classes range from basic instruction, through advance secondary education and prepare adults to successfully complete the state-administered high school equivalency General Education Development (GED) test. An online GED Preparation and Ready for Work Program has been implemented in Alpine and Big Bend. Funding was received to expand this program to Andrews, Kermit, Pecos, and Odessa for 2011. This will allow student to pursue their GED preparation in class, at home, and wherever they have internet connections.
English language instruction is offered for out-of-school adults whose first language is not English. Odessa College provides five levels of progressive instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Interactive listening and computer labs supplement classroom instruction with student access to the Internet.
The main goal of the department is to serve adults who are functioning below the postsecondary level of education and who lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills to enable them to function effectively in society. As well as, assist students who are unable to speak, read, or write the English language.
For more information on classes, registration dates, and requirements, contact the Adult Basic Education department at 432-335-6380 or come to the office in Annex B or see
Classes offered through the college’s Community Recreation program allow people of all ages to learn or improve in a number of lifetime activities.
The department’s mission is to promote health and wellness to our campus and community by providing healthy lifestyle activities and programs in a supportive and educational environment.
The 110,000 sq. ft. recreational and fitness center offers:
- Heated Indoor Pool
- Water Slide
- Group Fitness Classes
- Zumba and Aqua Zumba
- Water Aerobics Classes
- Weight Room
- Cardio Center
- Aerobic/Dance Studio
- Indoor and Outdoor Tracks
- Equipment Checkout
- Swim Lessons
- K-12 Summer Camps
- Lifeguarding Classes
- Hunter Safety Classes
❖ Two gyms – one varsity gym and ICA community gym
❖ Facility and pool rentals are available.
Contact the Facility Contracts Office at 432-335-6754 for more information.
OC encourages community residents to utilize the facility by purchasing an annual or semester membership. For more information on enrolling in classes or purchasing a membership, stop by the OC Sports Center Front Office, visit www.wranglersports.com or call 432-335-6FIT (6348).