Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Community Colleges

Upper East 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 23 counties in the Upper East Texas region — one of 12 economic regions defined by the Comptroller’s office — include seven community college districts.

List of community college districts in the Upper East Texas region

  • Kilgore College
  • Northeast Texas Community College
  • Panola College
  • Paris Junior College
  • Texarkana College
  • Trinity Valley Community College
  • Tyler Junior College

Regional Impact of Community Colleges’
spending, Fiscal 2019




$382.6 million


$195.3 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 Upper East Texas region with some college or associate degrees and stable jobs earned an average of $4,092 more annually than high school graduates.

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Upper East Texas Region, 2018

Average Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment, Upper East Texas Region, and Texas, 2018
Educational Attainment Average Annual Earnings, Region
Less than high school $35,759
High school or equivalent, no college $40,140
Some college or associate degree $44,232
Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree $59,697
Educational attainment not available $21,089
Total $42,167

Average overall: $42,167

 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

$483.9 million

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

Certificates and Degrees

Top Certificates and Degrees, Upper East Texas Region

Top Certificates and Degree Awards in the Upper East Texas Region’s Community Colleges, 2017-18 School Year
Certificates and Degrees Number Awarded
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2,685
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences 1,923
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 576
Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services 530
Engineering Technologies/Technicians 438

Source: JobsEQ

Regional Employment Needs

Fastest growing Occupations, Upper East Texas Region

Fastest growing Occupations, Upper East Texas Region
Occupation Total Employed 5-Year Employment Change
Other Personal Care and Service Workers 14,602 3,606
Food and Beverage Serving Workers 24,031 3,021
Building Cleaning and Pest Control Workers 11,187 1,347
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners 17,756 1,185
Top Executives 7,013 748

Source: JobsEQ

The Upper East Texas region’s community college districts awarded more than 2,600 certificates and associate degrees in general studies and liberal arts in the 2017-18 school year; the next most common award areas were health professions and mechanic and repair technologies.



  • The game and simulation development program at Tyler Junior College (TJC) prepares students for entry-level positions in programming or graphics in Texas’ video game industry, which offers the second most game development jobs in the country.
  • The power plant technology program at TJC provides students with the skills needed to begin a career in power plants, chemical plants, manufacturing, industrial maintenance, food processors and petrochemical industries.
  • TJC’s criminal justice program has been training law enforcement professionals for over 50 years and had graduates working in every Tyler and Smith County law enforcement agency as of February 2019.


Community colleges play a vital role for students and businesses by offering postsecondary education and job training at great value. As the Upper East Texas region’s seven community college districts work to address local skills gaps and meet the specific needs of area employers, they support more than 4,000 jobs and add almost $383 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 $484 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.