OUR VIEW: OC something to be proud of in Odessa

The point: Generous donations and partnerships have helped transform Odessa College into a world class education center.

Good things were happening at Odessa College this week and we couldn’t be happier for them.

Odessa businessman Austin Keith and his wife Michelle donated $100,000 for learning lab renovations at OC’s Learning Resources Center in the Murry H. Bly Building.

The couple is known locally for the volunteerism and philanthropic hearts.

The renovations were part of Vision 2015, which has included many renovations and expansions on campus. The learning lab has now been named the Keith Learning Lab.

What a fantastic way to give back to your hometown.

OC President Greg Williams Williams said Keith has always offered encouragement and support to the college.

Keith said he and his wife considered the gift part of paying it forward.

“You can feel the energy and the momentum that’s going on at Odessa College. You’re a light and a beacon for our community here,” Keith said.

OC also held the yearly giveaway of a brand new car to a deserving student.

Jennifer Guffie won the new Ford Mustang Thursday during the 11th Annual Odessa College Drive to Success incentive program giveaway at Sewell Ford. Guffie and four other students were the finalists for the program where a brand new Ford Mustang is given away to students who are enrolled in at least six credit hours in the current semester and have good academic standing.

This is another example of wonderful partners, like the Sewell Family of Dealerships giving back. Other companies that help with the annual event included Prosperity Bank, UTPB, Rosa’s Café, Taco Villa and LoneStar Corporation.

Thanks to all of this partners and those who put in the work at OC every day to make the campus all it can be.