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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. 

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Houston ranks #3 among U.S. metro areas in Fortune 500 headquarters

747,998

Houstonians with a science, engineering or related degree

1.5 million

Number of Houstonians 25 years or older with a bachelor degree

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

University of Houston-Downtown

Undergraduate enrollment: 12,079

Lamar University

Undergraduate enrollment: 9,129

Prairie View A&M University

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,974

Texas Southern University

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,967

University of Houston-Clear Lake

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,798

UT Health Science Center-Houston

Graduate enrollment: 4,533

Rice University

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,970

Houston Christian University

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,823

University of Houston-Victoria, Katy Campus

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,823

UT Medical Branch-Galveston

Graduate enrollment: 2,569

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Graduate enrollment: 2,295

University of Phoenix-Texas

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,256

University of St. Thomas

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,864

Texas A&M University at Galveston

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,848

UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,577

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

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.

Related News

Education

New Houston Region Mentoring Program Aims to Pair Professionals with Area College Students

1/5/23
HOUSTON (January 5, 2023) – The Greater Houston Partnership is collaborating with a national mentorship organization to launch a first-of-its-kind regional mentorship initiative. Ahead of the launch this month, 10 companies have committed to providing professional mentors for the program, while more than a half-dozen universities will offer the mentorship opportunity to their students.  The initiative, dubbed PartnerUp Houston, is designed to proactively address the equity and skills gaps in the region, increase the workforce readiness of Houston’s college graduates, and strengthen the talent pipeline of the local economy.  “Since 2017, the Partnership has facilitated collaboration between higher education leaders and the business community to strengthen the region’s talent pipeline and ensure more opportunity for Houstonians,” said Partnership Chair Thad Hill, who serves as President and CEO of Calpine. “We believe a robust, regional mentorship program like PartnerUp will help accelerate career outcomes for students and help Houston area employers identify and cultivate great talent.”   Companies including Calpine, Boston Consulting Group, and HP have signed on to provide professional mentors to the PartnerUp Houston program. Area universities offering the mentorship opportunity to their students include Houston Christian University, Prairie View A&M University, Rice University, Sam Houston State University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, University of Houston Downtown, and University of St. Thomas. Area companies interested in joining PartnerUp to provide professional mentors, as well as individuals interested in becoming a career mentor, are encouraged to visit this page to learn more.  PartnerUp Houston is a collaborative venture between the Greater Houston Partnership and Mentor Collective, the preferred partner for large-scale peer and alumni mentorship solutions and Lumina Foundation Impact Investment. Since 2016, Mentor Collective has facilitated more than 250,000 successful mentorship matches and has had a proven impact on student retention, career-decision self-efficacy, and sense of belonging. “The United States increasingly lags behind the developed world in economic mobility. Proactively bridging these equity and skills gaps requires local employers and post-secondary institutions to collaborate on initiatives that allow students to acquire professional experiences and skills.” said Jackson Boyar, Co-Founder and CEO of Mentor Collective. “Institutions enrolling and graduating a diverse class with strong employment outcomes are those implementing holistic student support, including career mentorship. Mentor Collective is proud to play a role in the PartnerUp Houston initiative and offer the technology needed to scale high-impact practices that drive student and economic success.” Companies and individuals can continue to sign on for mentorship through January 20, for the spring semester.  ### Greater Houston Partnership The Greater Houston Partnership works to make Houston one of the best places to live, work and build a business. As the economic development organization for the region, the Partnership champions growth across 12 counties by bringing together business and civic-minded leaders who are dedicated to the area’s long-term success. Representing 950+ member organizations and approximately one-fifth of the region’s workforce, the Partnership is the place companies come together to make an impact. Learn more at Houston.org. Mentor Collective Mentor Collective—the leading provider of high-impact, large-scale mentorship solutions in higher education—is a collective of institutions and thought leaders dedicated to closing the equity gap through mentorship. Founded in 2014, Mentor Collective has delivered 800+ unique mentorship programs, established 180+ institutional partnerships, and formed over 250,000 mentoring relationships through expert-led services, and technology. As an impact-first investment of the Lumina Foundation, Mentor Collective partners with forward-thinking institutions that are committed to equity, inclusion, and relationship-centered education. Download the EdTech For Equity white paper to learn more.  Contact:  A.J. Mistretta amistretta@houston.org   504-450-3516 Samantha Emelock Content Marketing Manager Samanthaemelock@mentorcollective.org 978-778-8489
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Economic Development

New Projects Shaping Pearland's Lower Kirby District

1/4/23
One of Pearland’s thriving mixed-use districts is anticipating another busy year. Several developers will break ground or complete multiple projects this year, including the first residential project, in Pearland’s Lower Kirby District, a 1,200-acre mixed-use district located off Beltway 8 and State Highway 288. Lower Kirby District houses offices, headquarters, retail, commercial and industrial projects, including Lonza and Mitsubishi Heavy Compressor Corporation. Here are a few of the projects that will help continue to shape the district. Retail and Multi-Family Projects According to the Houston Business Journal, NewQuest Properties is proposing a $350 million development that would include 1,086 multi-family units and more than 300,000 square feet of entertainment and retail space anchored by a specialty supermarket and hotel and convention center. The proposed project site is located south of Bass Pro Shops and across a proposed $53.7 million amateur sports facility. Click to expand Rendering of NewQuest's proposed development in Pearland (Courtesy: NewQuest) The NewQuest project would complement Sueba USA’s 335-unit retail and multi-family complex in America Modern Green’s (AMG) mixed-use development at the corner of Spectrum Boulevard and State Highway 288 known as the Ivy at Lower Kirby. Sueba broke ground on the Ivy Lofts last year and is the first phase of AMG’s development. A public park and trail system will also be incorporated in the area, according to the Pearland Economic Development Corporation (PEDC). The Houston Business Journal reports Sueba expects to finish the complex late this year. Click to expand Rendering of Ivy Lofts (Courtesy: Sueba USA)   Industrial Projects Three industrial real estate firms are developing projects that would bring one million square feet in distribution centers to Lower Kirby. Levey Group is expected to begin construction this year on Levey Logistics Park which will include two Class A industrial buildings near Beltway 8 and Almeda School Road. Brennan Investment Group bought 12 acres to construct a 216,000-square-foot Class A distribution building on Kirby Drive and North Spectrum Boulevard. The project is expected to have 36-foot clear height and a 175-foot truck court for trailer parking. The Chicago-based firm reports Houston’s “world-class market” has allowed the firm to make successful investments of more than $470 million since entering the Houston area in 2010.  “Industrial demand remains strong and gives us confidence that this new facility will be well received by the market,” Troy MacMane, Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Brennan, said in a news release.  Click to expand Rendering of Brennan's distribution center in Pearland (Courtesy: Brennan) Adkisson Group is also building a distribution center that will total nearly 130,00 square feet near beltway and Hooper Road, according to the PEDC.  Pearland is considered one of the nation's fastest-growing cities with access to major highways that allow for logistical and commuting ease to other areas of the Houston region, including the Texas Medical Center. Companies say those attributes are the reasons they choose the Pearland area, in addition to an educated population and quality of life. “PEDC and the City of Pearland are very excited about the recently announced and proposed developments in Lower Kirby. It has been a long-standing focus of our community to develop this area as Pearland’s most intensive mixed-use employment, residential and entertainment district," said Matt Buchanan, PEDC President. "As the Houston market has continued to grow and expand, Lower Kirby has captured a significant portion of office, retail, commercial and industrial projects and these newest developments are a testament to our continued efforts in this area.”  Learn more about other communities and neighborhoods in the Houston area.
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