Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Community Colleges

Southeast 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 15 counties in the Southeast region — one of 12 economic regions defined by the Comptroller’s office — include one community college district.

List of community college districts in the Southeast region

  • Angelina College

Regional Impact of Community Colleges’ spending, Fiscal 2019




$57.5 million


$31.3 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 Southeast region with some college or associate degrees and stable jobs earned an average of $4,100 more annually than high school graduates.

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Southeast Region, 2018

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Southeast Region, and Texas, 2018
Educational Attainment Number Employed, Region Average Annual Earnings, Region Number Employed, Texas Average Annual Earnings, Texas
Less than high school 40,454 $36,893 2,065,483 $42,808
High school or equivalent, no college 69,825 $40,911 2,765,759 $52,035
Some college or associate degree 75,084 $45,011 3,245,675 $60,428
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree 45,682 $59,399 2,454,975 $95,716
Educational attainment not available 32,969 $21,455 1,544,282 $22,087
Total 264,013 $42,936 12,076,174 $58,787

Average overall: $41,019

 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

$307.8 million

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

Certificates and Degrees

Top Certificates and Degrees, Southeast Region

Top Certificates and Degree Awards in the Southeast Region’s Community Colleges, 2017-18 School Year
Certificates and Degrees Number Awarded
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences 829
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 428
Engineering Technologies/Technicians 349
Science Technologies/Technicians 322
Security and Protective Services 219

Source: JobsEQ

Regional Employment Needs

Fastest growing Occupations, Southeast Region

Fastest growing Occupations, Southeast Region
Occupation Total Employed 5-Year Employment Change
Other Personal Care and Service Workers 9,422 1,853
Food and Beverage Serving Workers 15,480 1,418
Construction Trades Workers 16,691 946
Building Cleaning and Pest Control Workers 6,542 708
Top Executives 4,476 504

Source: JobsEQ

The Southeast region’s one community college district awarded more than 800 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 engineering technologies.


Angelina College

  • Angelina College launched a Center for Nonprofit Leadership in September 2018 to provide educational programs and support services for nonprofit organizations and their leaders in East Texas.
  • The Angelina College Procurement Assistance Center provides free advice to small businesses and industries in East Texas on how to sell their goods and services to federal, state and local governments through government contracts.
  • To help students who want a rewarding career in medicine, Angelina College offers an associate degree in surgical technology, which trains students to prepare surgical equipment and become a member of the operating room team.


Community colleges play a vital role for students and businesses by offering postsecondary education and job training at great value. As Angelina College, the Southeast region’s only community college district, works to address local skills gaps and meet the specific needs of area employers, it supports nearly 670 jobs and adds nearly $58 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 nearly $307 million per year.

Learn more about community colleges AND THE TEXAS ECONOMY.

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the material on this page, please contact the Comptroller’s Data Analysis and Transparency Division.