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International Cotton School draws worldwide audience

Students and cotton industry experts from six countries converged on Texas Tech University’s International Textile Center on Aug. 13 for the 27th session 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.”

Cooperative Effort. The school is a cooperative effort between the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and the International Textile 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.

More than 400 students, managers, merchants and textile workers from 54 countries have joined top cotton, commodity and textile experts in 26 past meetings for the intensive two-week sessions of the Texas International Cotton School.

Contact: Mike Stephens, communications coordinator, the International Textile Center, Texas Tech University, (806) 747-3790 x513 or


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