Jul 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instructional Support Services

Campus Directory   Faculty and Staff   Institutional Core Objectives    Program Information (A to Z)   

Odessa College makes a variety of programs and services available to students and community members. These offerings support the instructional mission of the college and offer enrichment opportunities to participants.

Special Populations/Disability Services/Learning Assistance

Odessa College affirms that it will provide access to programs, services and activities to qualified individuals with known disabilities as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), unless doing so poses an undue hardship or fundamentally alters the nature of the program or activity.

Disabilities may include hearing, mobility or visual impairments as well as hidden disabilities such as chronic medical conditions (arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disorders, lupus, seizure disorders, etc.), learning disabilities or psychiatric or emotional disabilities.

A student who comes to Odessa College with diagnosed disabilities which may interfere with learning may receive accommodations when the student requests them and submits proper documentation of the diagnosis. A Request for Accommodations form and guidelines for beginning the request process are available in the OC Pathways Advising Center or on the Odessa College website here.

The college strives to provide a complete and appropriate range of services for students with disabilities such as assistance with testing, registration, information on adaptive and assistive equipment, tutoring, assistance with access and accommodations for the classroom where appropriate.

For information regarding services, students with disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services in the OC Pathways Advising Center located in Room 201A of the Saulsbury Campus Center or call 432-335-6861.

Career Services

The Pathways Advising Center includes Career Services which are available to both credit and non-credit students as well as alumni. Career guidance is available from a Student Academic Success Coach who can administer and interpret various career assessments designed to assist students in determining the occupations and college majors that line up with their interests, work values, skills and abilities. Students will also be shown techniques for investigation of occupations that may be of interest.

Career services offered include career exploration, off campus employment opportunities, resume building, and job interview strategies. The OC Pathways Advising Center also coordinates and hosts an annual Job Fair for all OC students and the community.

Students who have not yet decided on a major, who need career information, referral to other services or job placement assistance should contact the OC Pathways Advising Center by calling 432-335-6433.

Learning Resources Center

The Murry H. Fly Learning Resources Center (LRC) is a full-service academic library whose mission is to serve Odessa College students, faculty, staff and community.

The LRC has more than 50,000 electronic books, 30,000 print books, and over 4,000 media holdings (including music, videos and CDs). The library subscribes to over 60 research databases that provide thousands of specialized sources, including magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. Other services include:

  • Research librarians who are available in person or via email to help students with assignments and general questions
  • “How-to-Use-the-Library” orientation classes and other tutorials
  • Computers for online access
  • A reserve collection specifically dedicated to student coursework
  • Quiet study areas
  • Retrieval of materials from local and state libraries
  • Photocopiers and VHS/DVD players

Many of the LRC’s resources are available online via Odessa College’s web site, www.odessa.edu (LRC). There, students not only have a gateway to multiple research services, but also links to related, helpful sites.

Additionally, the LRC offers informational exhibits, a reading club, contests, and events. Contact the LRC at 432-335-6640 or at http://www.odessa.edu/current-students/Learning-Resources-Center-Library/index.html.

Student Success Center

Located in the SLR, the Student Success Center (SSC) provides assistance to students in meeting their academic and career goals. We strive to provide new and updated resources and services at no charge to OC students.

Academic support services include tutoring, study skills training, and workshops. Tutoring is available for a variety of subjects including, but not limited to, college mathematics, English, government, history, speech, chemistry, biology, and all developmental coursework. TSI test prep is also provided to students. Computer lab assistants are available to help students with Blackboard, OC portal, student email, and more.

The Student Success Center provides tutoring services in a number of locations on and off campus:

  • Math Lab, located on the second floor of the Wood Math and Science building, provides support for all math-related tutoring
  • Synapse Lab, located on the third floor of the Wood Math and Science building, provides support for all science-related tutoring
  • Writing Center, located on the first floor of Wilkerson Hall, provides support for all writing-related tutoring
  • Main Student Success Center located in the Learning Resources Center, provides tutoring support for all other subjects
  • Onsite tutoring is also available at our Ranch location in Gardendale.
  • Online tutoring services are available 24/7 through Upswing

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are accepted as availability allows. All computers in the center have Internet access, Microsoft Office, and software resources to assist OC students in improving their reading, writing and mathematical skills. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 432-335-6673 or visit http://www.odessa.edu/current-students/student-success-center/index.html