Welcome to the Office of Career and Professional Development Employer Partners' page. The support of these organizations allows us to do much of what we do for students and are a great asset to our office as we work with our students through career development. We have three levels of partners: Buffalo, Stampede, and Thunder. Find more information on what is included with each level here.
Buffalo Partners
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Established in 1975, Cactus Feeders' mission is "Feeding a hungry world: Family, Friends, and Neighbors." They work in the beef and pork production, with locations in Texas, Kansas, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Cactus Feeders is dedicated to finding ways to produce more food, with fewer resources, at a lower cost, while maintaining the highest quality product.

Computer Services, Inc. (CSI) provides financial technology solutions to banks, financial institutions, and other businesses nationwide. Based in Paducah, Kentucky, CSI not only offers bank core processing but also regulatory compliance software to banks and a variety of industries, including insurance, real estate, and casino & gaming. In 1965, CSI started with six employees and three customer banks and is now one of the nation's largest providers of financial services technology. 

Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 14,000 employees who are committed to operating with excellence and safety. Locally, Phillips operates in Borger, TX.

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Enterprise Holdings and its affiliates offer extensive car rental, car sharing, truck rental, fleet management, retail car sales and other transportation services. 9,900 fully staffed neighborhood and airport locations worldwide. Enterprise Holdings' network of independent regional subsidiaries has earned a reputation as a great place to work, offering an attractive mix of hands-on training, opportunity to advance and a strong, values-based culture.

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Friona Industries, L. P. began as single small cattle feedyard in Amarillo, TX, in 1962 as the beef industry began to recognize the resources that existed in the Texas panhandle. Founding partners, like A.L. Black, were a group of cattle feeders who could see beyond the cattle to all the other businesses that cattle feeding supported: meat processing, feed manufacturing, and trucking, to name just a few.

We have progressed to become one of the leading cattle feeding businesses in the world, led by visionaries such as Mr. Black and James Herring, both winners of the National Golden Spur Award, which honors outstanding achievement in ranching and livestock businesses. Today, privately held Friona Industries has eight state-of-the-art feedyards in north Texas and southwest Kansas, with a feeding capacity that ranks us as the second largest cattle feeder in the United States.

Northwestern Mutual – West Texas is an organization dedicated to excellence in providing financial security to their clients. The West Texas office was established in 2017, and is the fastest growing branch in its network. Their advisors work with clients to build comprehensive financial plans that match world class financial planning strategies with their clients’ visions for their futures. The career opportunity with Northwestern Mutual demands that advisors are committed to integrity, excellence, courage, stewardship, and constant pursuit of personal growth. As they expand their firm’s impact on the West Texas community, they are looking for future leaders who have a desire to strengthen and protect their communities through financial planning.
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Five Rivers Cattle Feeding is the largest publicly traded cattle feeding organization in the world, with a one-time capacity approaching 1,000,000 cattle on-feed. With the corporate headquarters in Johnstown CO, Five Rivers’ feedyards are located from the mountainous valleys of Idaho to the breathtaking views of the front range of the Rocky Mountains to the Midwestern feel of high plains towns. People are the foundation of their business, so they strive to model honesty, integrity, and professionalism within the organization.
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Happy State Bank offers personal and commercial banking services as well as investment and trust services. The company was founded in 1908 and is based in Happy, TX. In 1990, the bank had six employees overseeing just over $10 million in total assets. Today the $3.5 billion bank operates 39 branches, a loan production office, and the GoldStar Trust Co. in 30 communities with over 700 employees, spread from the Texas Panhandle/South Plains to Dallas/Ft. Worth. 

Randall County Sheriff's Office. The Randall County Sheriff’s Office mission is to faithfully provide selfless service to the citizens of Randall County, provide protection of life and property, while relentlessly defending the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Texas. 

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Education Credit Union was started by ten educators back in 1935, founded on the core concepts of “Cooperative Ownership and People Helping People”. Some 80 years later, ECU still embraces these simple ideals which has led to ECU being the largest credit union in the Panhandle, serving 16 counties.  And since 1935, ECU continues to excel in service, care, and financial protection for their members and their families. Education Credit Union wants to be your preferred financial provider through all stages of life.

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Texas Panhandle Centers Behavioral and Developmental Health (TPC), formerly known as Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation, is part of the Texas Community Center system and is governed by a local board of trustees representing the citizens of the upper twenty-one counties of the Texas Panhandle. They serve individuals with behavioral health needs (mental illness), intellectual and developmental disabilities and children with developmental delays.