Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Community Colleges

Alamo Region

Created to expand Texans’ access to higher education, the state’s 50 community college districts serve a vital role in our state’s economy by developing our workforce, preparing students for further academic study and meeting the specific educational and vocational needs of the local areas they serve.

The 19 counties in the Alamo region — one of 12 economic regions defined by the Comptroller’s office — include two community college districts.

List of community college districts in the Alamo region

  • Alamo Colleges District
    • - Northeast Lakeview College
    • - Northwest Vista College
    • - Palo Alto College
    • - San Antonio College
    • - St. Philip’s College
  • Victoria College

Regional Impact of Community Colleges’ spending, Fiscal 2019




$816.2 million


$406.8 million

Note: Figures include direct, indirect and induced economic impacts.

Sources: JobsEQ, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas community colleges.

Wages by Educational Attainment

Community colleges provide their students with a good return on their investment.

In 2018, workers in the Alamo region with some college or associate degrees and stable jobs earned an average of $5,033 more annually than high school graduates.

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Alamo Region, 2018

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Alamo Region and Texas, 2018
Educational Attainment Number Employed, Region Average Annual Earnings, Region Number Employed, Texas Average Annual Earnings, Texas
Less than high school 204,124 $41,374 2,065,483 $42,808
High school or equivalent, no college 272,172 $46,065 2,765,759 $52,035
Some college or associate degree 305,963 $51,098 3,245,675 $60,428
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree 183,292 $67,802 2,454,975 $95,716
Educational attainment not available 154,375 $23,176 1,544,282 $22,087
Total 1,119,925 $47,688 12,076,174 $58,787

Average overall: $43,447

 Source: U.S. Census Bureau and JobsEQ

Average wage Increase Over High School or Equivalent


Number of workers, Some College or Associate Degree


Total Regional additional wages

$1.5 Billion

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, JobsEQ and
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Certificates and Degrees

Top Certificates and Degrees, Alamo Region, 2017-18 School Year

Top 10 Certificates and Degree Awards in Alamo Region Community Colleges,  2017-18 School Year
Certificates and Degrees Number Awarded
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences 5,069
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 5,003
Personal and Culinary Services 1,445
Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services 1,388
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 740
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 714
Engineering Technologies/Technicians 550
Security and Protective Services 543
Education 492
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 393

Source: JobsEQ

Regional Employment Needs

Fastest growing Occupations, Alamo Region 2014 to 2019

Top Occupations in the Alamo Region by Numeric Growth, 2014 to 2019
Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Wages LQ Number Unemployed Unemployment Rate Five-Year Employment Change
Extraction Workers 6,003 $42,300 3.33 291 4.5% 235
Plant and System Operators 3,495 $54,600 1.41 22 0.6% 442
Fishing and Hunting Workers 239 $15,100 1.37 18 7.1% 21
Helpers, Construction Trades 2,499 $30,800 1.3 200 7.4% -114
Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers 6,823 $63,000 1.29 187 2.6% 735

Source: JobsEQ

The Alamo region’s community college districts awarded more than 5,000 certificates and associate degrees in the health professions in the 2017-18 school year; the next most-common award areas were general studies and liberal arts and personal and culinary services.



  • The Alamo Colleges District (ACD) received the 2018 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, the most prestigious honor a higher education institution can achieve for excellence in innovation, efficiency and leadership.
  • St. Philip’s College is the only college federally designated as both a historically black college and a Hispanic-serving institute.
  • In fiscal 2017, ACD added $2.6 billion in income to its service region’s economy, equal to about 2.0 percent of the region’s gross product.
  • The average ACD associate degree holder graduating in fiscal 2017 will see an increase in earnings of $9,400 annually compared to a high school graduate working in Texas.


Community colleges play a vital role for students and businesses by offering postsecondary education and job training at great value.

As the Alamo region’s two community college districts work to address local skills gaps and meet the specific needs of area employers, they support more than 7,000 jobs and add more than $816 million in economic output annually. Furthermore, the higher pay of those with some college or an associate degree helps raise total wages in the region nearly $1.5 billion per year.

Learn more about community colleges AND THE TEXAS ECONOMY.

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


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