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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Community Colleges

Capital 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 10 counties in the Capital region — one of 12 economic regions defined by the Comptroller’s office — include one community college district.

List of community college districts in the Capital region

  • Austin Community College District
    • Cypress Creek Campus
    • Eastview Campus
    • Elgin Campus
    • Hays Campus
    • Highland Campus
    • Northridge Campus
    • Rio Grande Campus
    • San Gabriel
    • South Austin

Regional Impact of Community Colleges’ spending, Fiscal 2019

Employment

5,305

Output

$691.8 million

Compensation

$399.6 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 Capital region with some college or associate degrees and stable jobs earned an average of $4,606 more annually than high school graduates.


Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Capital Region, 2018

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Capital Region and Texas, 2018
Educational Attainment Average Annual Earnings, Region
Less than high school $41,802
High school or equivalent, no college $45,878
Some college or associate degree $50,484
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree $68,165
Educational attainment not available $22,583
Total $48,423

Average overall: $48,423

 Source: U.S. Census Bureau and JobsEQ

Average wage Increase Over High School or Equivalent

$4,606

Number of workers, Some College or Associate Degree

283,327

Total Regional additional wages

$1.31 Billion

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



Certificates and Degrees

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

Top 10 Certificates and Degree Awards, Capital Region Community Colleges,  2017-18 School Year
Certificates and Degrees Number Awarded
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences 1,946
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1,556
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1,176
Personal and Culinary Services 849
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 489

Source: JobsEQ

Regional Employment Needs

Fastest growing Occupations, Capital Region 2014 to 2019

Top Occupations in the Capital Region by Numeric Growth, 2014 to 2019
Occupation Number Employed Five-Year Employment Change
OCUPACIONES INFORMÁTICAS 56,718 15,876
TRABAJADORES DEL SERVICIO DE ALIMENTOS Y BEBIDAS 68,897 14,487
TRABAJADORES DE COMERCIOS DE CONSTRUCCIÓN 47,502 10,011
ESPECIALISTAS EN OPERACIONES DE NEGOCIO 42,359 9,397
TRABAJADORES DE INFORMACIÓN Y REGISTROS 48,122 7,987

Source: JobsEQ


The Capital region’s one community college district awarded more than 1,900 certificates and associate degrees in health professions in the 2017-18 school year; the next most-common award areas were business administration and general studies and liberal arts.


Spotlight

Austin Community COLLEGE

  • In response to a critical nursing shortage in Central Texas, ACC launched its first bachelor’s degree program in Fall 2018 to allow registered nurses to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  • With $1.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, ACC is partnering with IBM to train 350 apprentices in four years.
  • Thanks to a grant from JP Morgan Chase, ACC is expanding its Career ACCelerator Program, which offers students a self-paced training schedule, and added tracks in IT, healthcare and manufacturing in Fall 2019.
  • ACC has partnered with Toyota Motor North American to offer military personnel a focused Technician Training and Education network program, which began in Spring 2020.

Summary

Community colleges play a vital role for students and businesses by offering postsecondary education and job training at great value. As Austin Community College, the Central Texas region’s only community college district, works to address local skills gaps and meet the specific needs of area employers, it supports more than 5,300 jobs and adds almost $692 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 by more than $1.3 billion per year.


Learn more about community colleges AND THE TEXAS ECONOMY.

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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