Texas International Cotton School Convenes

Students and cotton industry experts from nine countries will meet Aug. 11 at Texas Tech University’s Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute as the 28th session of the Texas International Cotton School begins.

Written by Cory Chandler

Students and cotton industry experts from nine countries will meet Aug. 11 at Texas Tech University’s Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute as the 28th session of the Texas International Cotton School begins.

The school is a cooperative effort between the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Center. The program comprises hands-on instruction of all phases of cotton production, harvesting, ginning, classing, testing, preparation and processing. Students also undergo in-depth training in many phases of marketing, futures, indexing and other sectors of the ever-changing economic climate for cotton.

Around 430 students, managers, merchants and textile workers from 54 countries have joined top cotton, commodity and textile experts in past sessions for the intensive two-week sessions of the Texas International Cotton School.

“We believe this is a faster and more efficient model of professional education than other American cotton schools,” said Mike Stephens, coordinator of the school. “Our students are able, in two short weeks, to call upon the expertise of leaders in every field in relation to the raw material that is cotton in an exploding global market.”

This session, with new additions to the curriculum and an electronic option for instructional material, the Texas International Cotton School hopes to continue its tradition of innovation in professional education within the fiber industry worldwide.

For more information, or to apply to the next session of the Texas International Cotton School, visit www.texasintlcottonschool.com.

Contact: Mike Stephens, communications coordinator, the Fiber and Biopolymer Institute, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-5333 ext. 223 or michael.l.stephens@ttu.edu.