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 20 counties in the Central Texas region – one of 12 economic regions defined by the Comptroller’s office – include five 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 Central Texas region with some college or associate degrees and stable jobs earned an average of $3,773 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||66,723||$37,202||2,065,483||$42,808|
|High school or equivalent, no college||104,529||$41,848||2,765,759||$52,035|
|Some college or associate degree||117,903||$45,621||3,245,675||$60,428|
|Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree||79,996||$61,237||2,454,975||$95,716|
|Educational attainment not available||66,089||$20,528||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|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities||4,678|
|Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences||1,648|
|Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services||1,360|
|Security and Protective Services||745|
|Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians||739|
|Skilled Precision Production of Leather, Metal or Wood Products||553|
|Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services||475|
|Personal and Culinary Services||271|
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Wages||LQ||Number Unemployed||Unemployment Rate||Five-Year Employment Change|
|Food and Beverage Serving Workers||28,795||$20,500||1.2||1,853||6.0%||4,394|
|Other Personal Care,and Service Workers||12,763||$21,400||0.93||602||4.5%||2,210|
|Retail Sales Workers||29,329||$24,200||1.07||1,729||5.5%||1,990|
|Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners||18,358||$94,900||1.03||158||0.9%||1,820|
|Building Cleaning and Pest Control Workers||12,059||$24,100||1.04||595||4.7%||1,635|
Community college districts in the Central Texas region awarded more than 4,600 general studies and liberal arts certificates and associate degrees in the 2017-18 school year, followed by health professions and business administration certificates and degrees.
Community colleges play a vital role for students and businesses by offering postsecondary education and job training at great value.
As the Central Texas region’s five community college districts work to address local skills gaps and meet the specific needs of area employers, they support more than 5,700 jobs and add more than $550 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 $445 million per year.
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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