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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

Central Texas 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 20 counties in the Central Texas region – one of 12 economic regions defined by the Comptroller’s office – include five community college districts.

List of community college districts in the Central Texas region

  • Blinn College
  • Central Texas College
  • Hill College
  • McLennan Community College
  • Temple College

Regional Impact of Community Colleges’ spending,
Fiscal 2019

Employment

5,719

Output

$552.4 million

Compensation

$282.6 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 Central Texas region with some college or associate degrees and stable jobs earned an average of $3,773 more annually than high school graduates.


Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Central Texas Region, 2018

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Central Texas Region and Texas, 2018
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
Total 435,240 $43,447 12,076,174 $58,787

Average overall: $43,447

 Source: U.S. Census Bureau and JobsEQ

Average wage Increase Over High School or Equivalent

$3,773

Number of workers, Some College or Associate Degree

117,903

Total Regional additional wages

$444.8 Million

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



Certificates and Degrees

Top Certificates and Degrees, Central Texas Region, 2017-18 School Year

Top 10 Certificates and Degree Awards in Central Texas Region Community Colleges,  2017-18 School Year
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
Engineering Technologies/Technicians 726
Skilled Precision Production of Leather, Metal or Wood Products 553
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 475
Personal and Culinary Services 271
Construction Trades 240

Source: JobsEQ

Regional Employment Needs

Fastest growing Occupations, Central Texas Region 2014 to 2019

Top Occupations in Central Texas Region by Numeric Growth, 2014 to 2019
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

Source: JobsEQ

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.


Spotlight

BLINN COLLEGE

  • Beginning Fall 2020, the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham will increase the number of students accepted into its engineering program from 100 to 150 students per year, allowing more high-achieving engineering students to pursue their engineering bachelor’s degree.
  • Blinn’s health information technology program prepares students for careers such as health information management technicians, coders, documentation specialists, revenue cycle specialists, patient advocates and insurance specialists.
  • Blinn College offers a unique opportunity for students to enroll in the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Forensic Science Academy, where they receive high-quality forensic technical training.

Summary

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.


Learn more about community colleges AND THE TEXAS ECONOMY.

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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