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UTPB counselors will be working at Odessa College and Midland College

UT Permian Basin is making the transfer process from community colleges easier than everThe University will now have counselors who represent UTPB working at Odessa College and Midland CollegeEach counselor will spend part of their week on OC’s or MC’s campus and the other part of their week on UTPB’s campus.  

This is so exciting for us because now we have staff that will actually be on location at each college frequently and regularly,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management, PJ Woolston. “Everyone thereadvisors, faculty, staff, and especially the students, will know they can get information on every aspect of the transfer process. 

alejandro-castro.jpgAlejandro Castro is the new OC2UTPB transfer counselor. Castro said he loves the students-first culture at UT Permian Basin and plans to make the transition process for OC students as smooth as possible. 

I want to make sure that students attending OC have their questions answered. Whether they want to know more about transferring to UTPB, academic opportunities, or scholarship and financial aid at the University - I’m here to help. If students have questions about attending UTPB, I will be their go-to person! 

Emily Thoms will represent UT Permian Basin on the Midland College campus. Thoms said as a former transfer student herself, she’ll be able toemily-thoms.jpg share her personal story with students. 

My goal is to provide an environment and experience in which students feel comfortable and willing to discuss their academic path. I want to ensure students are receiving knowledge that allows them to fulfill their academic goals and assists in securing a place in the workforce once they graduate. 

Woolston added that these two positions will help students minimize the time it takes to earn their degree. 

By speaking with OC and MC students early and often during their time in school we can make sure they’re taking the right mix of classes and mapping the fastest way to a bachelor’s degree. 

If you’re interested in transferring to UT Permian Basin, contact our admissions office at 432-552-2020 or send an email to