ODESSA - The Head of the Texas Workforce Commission is brushing up on some math and science.
Chairman Tom Pauken stopped by the Industrial Technology Department at UTPB.
He says it's encouraging to see so many students studying engineering, because those kinds of skills lead to jobs with staying power.
Pauken says the tough times have hit West Texas.
The unemployment rate was 3.7% last July.
It skyrocketed to 9.5% one year later.