Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Community Colleges

Gulf Coast 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 13 counties in the Gulf Coast region — one of 12 economic regions defined by the Comptroller’s office — include 9 community college districts.

List of community college districts in the gulf coast region

  • Alvin Community College
  • Brazosport College
  • College of the Mainland Community College
  • Galveston College
  • Houston Community College
  • Lee College
  • Lone Star College System
  • San Jacinto Community College
  • Wharton County Junior College

Regional Impact of Community Colleges’ spending, Fiscal 2019




$2.7 billion


$1.3 billion

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 2019, workers in the Gulf Coast region with some college or associate degrees, with stable jobs, earned an average of $6,408 more annually than high school graduates.

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Gulf Coast Region, 2018

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Gulf Coast Region and Texas, 2018
Educational Attainmen Number Employed, Region Average Annual Earnings, Region Number Employed, Texas Average Annual Earnings, Texas
Less than high school 516,634 $43,491 2,065,483 $42,808
High school or equivalent, no college 661,979 $51,093 2,765,759 $52,035
Some college or associate degree 796,592 $57,501 3,245,675 $60,428
Bachelor's degree or advanced degree 648,501 $81,421 2,454,975 $95,716

Average overall: $58,377

 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

$5.1 billion

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

Certificates and Degrees

Top Certificates and Degrees, Gulf Coast Region

Top Certificates and Degrees, Gulf Coast Region
Certificates and Degrees Number Awarded
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12,574
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences 7,797
Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services 3,974
Personal and Culinary Services 2,599
Precision Production 2,246
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 2,220
Engineering Technologies/Technicians 2,185
Science Technologies/Technicians 1,385
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 777
Security and Protective Services 739

Source: JobsEQ

Regional Employment Needs

Fastest growing Occupations, Gulf Coast Region

Fastest growing Occupations, Gulf Coast Region
>Occupation Total Employed 5-Year Employment Change
Food and Beverage Serving Workers 172191 25174
Other Personal Care and Service Workers 79010 18124
Construction Trades Workers 160545 16057
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners 102161 13840
Business Operations Specialists 96304 12390

Source: JobsEQ

Gulf Coast community colleges awarded more than 12,000 general studies and liberal arts certificates and associate degrees in the 2017-18 school year, followed by business administration and health care.


Wharton County
Junior College

  • Nuclear power technology, process technology and manufacturing technology programs provide students with high-tech training and instruction in the classroom and in labs to meet technology needs.
  • WCJC’s newly renovated Johnson Health Occupations Center offers the training needed to enter the highly competitive health care field.
  • Wharton ISD’s Realizing Our Academic Reward Academy (ROAR) allows high school students to earn up to 60 college credit hours during high school.
  • WCJC’s Business Office Technology program, which trains students in skills such as accounting and business writing, places more than 90 percent of its graduates in jobs.


Texas’ 50 community college districts contribute billions of dollars to the state’s economy and support thousands of jobs while providing Texas students with a low-cost option to build skills or prepare for further education.

The nine community college districts in the Gulf Coast region account for more than 20,000 jobs and more than $2.7 billion in output annually, while the greater skills and education of graduates add another $5.1 billion to the region’s total income. This region, however, still has unmet demand for degrees and certificates in business fields. Community colleges are best suited to meet these demands, helping to fulfill opportunities for students and businesses alike.

Learn more about community colleges AND THE TEXAS ECONOMY.

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


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