MC’s baccalaureate degree . . . the road to success | Rudy Ybarra

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Rudy Ybarra is a hard-working family man who knows that education paves the way to career success and financial stability.  The Andrews, Texas, native has been steadily pursuing training and higher education since he graduated from high school in 1993.

In 2002, after serving for 4 years in the U. S. Marine Corps, Ybarra graduated from Midland College with an associate degree in information technology/networking. He obtained employment at Pioneer Natural Resources and has steadily climbed the career ladder to his current position as an Instrumentational Electronics Technician.

In August 2012, Ybarra enrolled in MC’s upper-level organizational management program.

MC is one of only three community colleges in Texas that offer a baccalaureate degree.  Ybarra is a prime example of why MC petitioned the state legislature to offer a bachelor of applied technology degree.

MC Special Advisor to the President Dr. Deana Savage said, “We saw a need for Midlanders to have an opportunity to receive baccalaureate degrees in the applied technology area.  We have specifically tailored our organizational management program for West Texans who have an associate degree and are currently working as technicians.  Most of them are like Rudy, older than traditional college age and have been successfully employed for several years.”

“Life is good,” said Ybarra.  I have a great family (Ybarra is married and has three children); I’m employed by a wonderful company; and I’m taking classes from terrific instructors who really care about students and love their jobs.  Midland College hasn’t let me down so far.  I have faith in this school.”

Rebecca Bell

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