Texas Community Colleges
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.
Note: Figures include direct, indirect and induced economic impacts.
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.
|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|
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
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, JobsEQ and
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
|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|
|Security and Protective Services||543|
|Biological and Biomedical Sciences||393|
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Wages||LQ||Number Unemployed||Unemployment Rate||Five-Year Employment Change|
|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|
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.
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.
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