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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Community Colleges

South 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 28 counties in the South Texas region — one of 12 economic regions defined by the Comptroller’s office — include six community college districts.

List of community college districts in the South Texas region

  • Coastal Bend College
  • Del Mar College
  • Laredo Community College
  • South Texas College
  • Southwest Texas Junior College
  • Texas Southmost College

Regional Impact of Community Colleges’ spending,
Fiscal 2019




$820.7 million


$401.5 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 South Texas region with some college or associate degrees and stable jobs earned an average of $4,082 more annually than high school graduates.

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

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, South 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 208,634 $36,756 2,065,483 $42,808
High school or equivalent, no college 190,717 $42,462 2,765,759 $52,035
Some college or associate degree 200,785 $46,544 3,245,675 $60,428
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree 103,605 $60,260 2,454,975 $95,716
Educational attainment not available 112,033 $22,869 1,544,282 $22,087
Total 815,773 $42,662 12,076,174 $58,787

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

$819.6 Million

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

Certificates and Degrees

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

Top 10 Certificates and Degree Awards in South Texas Region Community Colleges,  2017-18 School Year
Certificates and Degrees Number Awarded
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences 5,599
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 3,408
Skilled Precision Production of Leather, Metal or Wood Products 1,308
Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services 1,290
Personal and Culinary Services 1,041
Security and Protective Services 897
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 890
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 789
Engineering Technologies/Technicians 609
Education 502

Source: JobsEQ

Regional Employment Needs

Fastest growing Occupations, South Texas Region 2014 to 2019

Top Occupations in South Texas Region by Numeric Growth, 2014 to 2019
Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Wages LQ Number Unemployed Unemployment Rate Five-Year Employment Change
Other Personal Care and Service Workers 59,215 $20,400 2.31 4,579 7.1% 19,575
Food and Beverage Serving Workers 50,703 $20,100 1.13 4,777 8.4% 5,503
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners 38,402 $95,500 1.15 570 1.5% 4,420
Business Operations Specialists 19,982 $62,900 0.64 842 4.1% 1,994
Health Technologists and Technicians 23,170 $43,700 1.25 719 3.0% 1,933

Source: JobsEQ

The South Texas region’s community college districts awarded more than 5,500 certificates and associate degrees in health professions in the 2017-18 school year; the next most-common award areas were general studies and liberal arts and precision production.



  • The South Texas College (STC) Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence provides advanced training for local, state and federal public safety professionals along the U.S./Mexico border to help address public safety challenges including cyber incidents and threat assessment.
  • STC’s Registered Apprenticeship Program focuses on connecting students studying automotive technology, industrial maintenance, HVAC and machining with local employers.
  • To help students learn about growing industries in the community, in fall 2019 STC added a personal trainer certification as well as courses in drama, public safety and culinary arts.


Community colleges play a vital role for students and businesses by offering postsecondary education and job training at great value.

As the South Texas region’s six community college districts work to address local skills gaps and meet the specific needs of area employers, they support nearly 8,400 jobs and add almost $821 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 another $820 million per year.

Learn more about community colleges AND THE TEXAS ECONOMY.

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


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