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Workforce Development

With a labor force more than 3 million workers strong, the Houston area offers a wide variety of talent at all skill levels. But there is also a regional focus on developing tomorrow's workforce through educating young people on emerging industries and re-training mid-career professionals for high-demand careers. Houston has developed a strong bridge between the talent needs of various industries and the educational programs being offered through colleges, universities and technical programs. 

500+

Houston is home to over 500 digital technology companies

25,000+

Local workforce of Houston's top 100 digital tech companies

33.3 percent

One-third of Houstonians 25 years and older is a college graduate

Higher Education

The Houston region is home to more than 20 universities and colleges, including three Tier 1 universities. Houston-area colleges and universities educate nearly 230,000 students annually and graduated more than 56,000 students. In addition, another estimated 200,000 students are enrolled annually in local community and technical colleges. 

Local Universities

Institution

Texas A&M University-College Station

Undergraduate enrollment: 50,707

University of Houston

Undergraduate enrollment: 36,092

Sam Houston State University

Undergraduate enrollment: 18,416

Lamar University

Undergraduate enrollment: 9,129

University of Houston-Downtown

Undergraduate enrollment: 12,079

Texas Southern University

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,967

Prairie View A&M University

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,974

University of Houston-Clear Lake

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,798

Rice University

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,970

UT Health Science Center-Houston

Graduate enrollment: 4,533

University of Houston-Victoria, Katy Campus

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,317

Houston Baptist University

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,316

UT Medical Branch-Galveston

Graduate enrollment: 2,569

University of St. Thomas

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,864

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Graduate enrollment: 2,295

University of Phoenix-Texas

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,256

Texas A&M University at Galveston

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,848

Baylor College of Medicine

Graduate enrollment: 1,577

Art Institute of Houston

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,364

South Texas College of Law Houston

Graduate enrollment: 980

UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,577

Community Colleges

Institution

Lone Star College System

Undergraduate enrollment: 69,452

Houston Community College

Undergraduate enrollment: 49,782

San Jacinto Community College District

Undergraduate enrollment: 35,455

Blinn College District

Undergraduate enrollment: 18,465

Lee College

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,717

Wharton County Junior College

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,050

Alvin Community College

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,709

College of the Mainland Community College District

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,328

Brazosport College

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,229

Lamar Institute of Technology

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,983

Galveston College

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,197

Texas State Technical College-Fort Bend

Undergraduate enrollment: 412

Gulf Coast Workforce Solutions

The Gulf Coast Workforce Board and its operating affiliate Workforce Solutions are the public workforce system in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region of Texas. Workforce Solutions helps employers meet their human resource needs and individuals build careers, so both can compete in the global economy. In 2017, the organization served more than 426,000 individuals across the region.

Closing the Skills Gap with UpSkill

The Greater Houston Partnership developed UpSkill Houston, a comprehensive, industry-led approach to bridge the gap and fill jobs in “middle-skills” occupations, advanced technical and craft careers that require education and skills development beyond high school but less than a four-year college degree. UpSkill Houston is an innovative blueprint for leaders from the business community, educational institutions and social service organizations to utilize as we lead this effort to build a quality workforce.

Skill Development Fund

The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier job-training program providing local customized training opportunities for Texas businesses and workers to increase skill levels and wages of the Texas workforce. The Texas Workforce Commission administers funding for the program. Success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

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Economic Development

Houston Region's Accessible Location Key Factor in Attracting Leading Global Businesses

9/12/22
Location, location, location. That’s the mantra for anyone searching for a new home, but accessibility is also a critical component for businesses looking to expand or relocate.   Deborah Wild, CEO of Cellipont Bioservices, and Jared Boudreaux, President of Vector Controls and Automation Group, recently discussed key factors that attracted their companies to the greater Houston region during the Partnership’s Why Houston webinar series. Cellipont Bioservices announced last month it’s relocating from San Diego to The Woodlands and opening a life sciences manufacturing facility. During the webinar, Wild said The Woodlands “best checked all the boxes” the company was looking for in a new site. “Our cost structure will be lower here than our homebase in California and we have access to two major airports that can reach any city in the U.S. in less than four hours,” she said. Wild added that access to the region’s “solid life sciences talent” and The Woodlands’ reputation for its quality of life were also determining factors in their site selection. “There’s just a wonderful feel to the culture in the area and it’s important that people live a happy, balanced life,” Wild said. Boudreaux shared similar sentiments about Vector Controls’ decision to move from La Porte to Pearland’s Lower Kirby District in 2020. He said the location off State Highway 288 allows employees and customers to easily access the campus. “We can quickly get to Lake Charles, San Antonio, Dallas, and Corpus Christi all within the same day. That’s the attractiveness of Houston,” he said. The strategic location has also allowed the manufacturing company to expand into industries, such as aerospace, that they didn’t service before. Boudreaux added their location is also a tactic for talent attraction and retention. “The greater Houston area is a place where people can grow up, they can go to school, they can get a job and they can raise a family all within a 50-mile radius. And that’s attractive for us especially as you’re trying to retain employees for a longer term,” Boudreaux said.  A total of 17 companies have expanded in or relocated operations to the Houston region so far this year. These will result in an estimated 3,458 new jobs and nearly $800.7 million invested in the Houston market.  Learn more about why companies are choosing Houston.
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