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The List Goes On
Not sure if a four-year college is right for you? Check out these schools for a more occupation-focused education.
Houston Community College
Address:100 Main St., Houston TX 77002
POINTS OF DISTINCTION
- With more than 21,000 students taking one or more online classes, HCC is the third largest community college in the U.S. for online enrollments, according to the Boston Consulting Group.
- HCC provides high school students from a number of Houston-area school districts, private schools, and homeschool settings the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit through concurrent enrollment with HCC, while still in high school.
- HCC student-life events and programs include athletics, student clubs and organizations, and student government.
Houston Community College, with more than 20 campuses as well as a fully online college, brings more than 100 affordable degree and certificate options to nearly 60,000 students each semester.
With offerings in health sciences, logistics, pre-engineering, and many other programs ranging from culinary arts to welding technology, HCC prepares students for a multitude of careers in area businesses and industries that are actively seeking qualified employees. HCC students are also well prepared to continue their educations at four-year universities.
HCC’s Weekend College, mini sessions, and online college maximize flexibility for students with jobs, families, and other responsibilities.
The online college offers 32 fully online degree and certificate programs that are transferable to many Texas four-year universities. Online and classroom students receive the same support services and financial aid options, as well as the same quality instruction, as online professors also teach on campuses.
HCC understands the challenges facing veteran and military-affiliated students and employs a dedicated team of professionals to provide them coordinated resources and services. Its Veteran & Military-Affiliated Student Services office supports about 3,000 active duty personnel, veterans and their families pursuing higher education.
HCC is ranked first in the nation among two-year institutions enrolling international students. English proficiency is not a requirement and the college offers a full-time, 18-month English proficiency program and courses.
Lone Star College
Address:5000 Research Forest Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381
POINTS OF DISTINCTION
- Nearly 17,000 students transferred in 2016-17 to four-year colleges such as the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, Rice, Stanford, Princeton, and Baylor.
- Grow with Google offers the Information Technology Support Professional Certificate at LSC.
- LSC has 22 locations with six main campuses in CyFair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, Tomball, and University Park.
Lone Star College (LSC) is redefining the community college experience, offering world-class higher education at a fraction of the cost. Located in Houston, one of the most diverse cities in the nation, LSC welcomes more than 99,000 credit and non-credit students each semester. LSC is today’s smart choice for students looking to earn an undergraduate degree, start a new career, or update their skills.
Many students interested in a four-year degree start at LSC, then transfer to their university of choice, saving thousands of dollars without sacrificing quality. Nearly 17,000 LSC students transfer to four-year colleges each year.
LSC is recognized as a world leader in workforce training and builds a strong regional workforce in industries including health care, construction, accounting, energy, computer technology, and transportation. LSC also helps qualified students find financial aid and grant funding options that can provide for training at little or no cost.
LSC students experience intimate class settings with individualized attention from professors, averaging only 23 students per class. LSC’s convenient campus locations include six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. An Honors College at LSC serves high-achieving students who take advantage of study-abroad and international programs, opportunities not commonly associated with community college.
In addition, LSC students have access to many extracurricular activities and exciting ways to get involved with their campus, other students, and even the community. LSC has a comprehensive schedule of both intramural and club sports, as well as many clubs and student organizations.
No matter what your goals are, LSC is ready to help you achieve them.
POINTS OF DISTINCTION
- Available courses of study include criminal justice, business, marketing, accounting, biology, psychology, computer science, health science, public administration, and finance.
- Student-faculty ratio is 13:1.
- Blinn's academic transfer rate of 34.2 percent ranks second in the state and far exceeds the statewide average of 21.1 percent.
The RELLIS Campus in Bryan is home to an academic alliance among several Texas A&M System regional universities and the Blinn College District.
Designed to provide a seamless educational experience in one unique location, students can begin their studies in the newly opened Blinn College District’s Walter C. Schwartz building on the RELLIS Campus. Students are then able to transfer to one of the A&M System regional universities onsite. Students who have earned credits from another community college can enroll in Blinn courses at RELLIS to fulfill any additional lower-division coursework that may be needed to earn their bachelor’s degree.
Educational programs through the partners at RELLIS are designed to help create flexible courses of study for students from more than one onsite university to fulfill degree plans. The inaugural classes at RELLIS began in fall 2018 and an exciting student life has already emerged with the establishment of a RELLIS Ambassador Program and a Student Advisory Council.
The first building in the Texas A&M University System’s Academic Complex at RELLIS is expected to be completed by June 2019 and will feature 10 classrooms, group learning and collaboration spaces, modern allied health teaching laboratories, upper division science laboratories, and more than 40 faculty offices.
At the RELLIS Campus, students and instructors are working together to create a new model for the future of higher education.
L.R. Scarborough College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Team Name:Scarborough Lions
Mascot:Lewis the Lion
Address:2001 W. Seminary Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76115
POINTS OF DISTINCTION
- Degree options include a bachelor of arts in humanities and biblical studies and a bachelor of music in performance.
- Average class size at the college is 15 for seminars and 30 for lectures, meaning that each student is not just another name on the list, but well known by the professors and receiving the attention necessary for a successful education.
- Every student participates in an overseas mission trip, reinforcing Southwestern’s motto, “Preach the Word. Reach the World.”
Since 2005, the L.R. Scarborough College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) has equipped students with a biblical foundation and classical education. A Baptist liberal arts school, Scarborough College combines a classical curriculum with Christian orthodoxy to cultivate students with a biblical worldview and a globally focused vision for life and ministry. Students in the college study the Word of God as well as the great works of Western civilization, enabling them to engage the culture from an educated, critical, biblically informed perspective.
Scarborough students can go on to the graduate level at Southwestern to earn a master of divinity, a master of arts in Christian education, or one of the seminary’s other degrees in such areas as theology, biblical counseling, church music, and missiology. Southwestern also offers professional and research doctoral degrees in multiple fields, including preaching, church history, archaeology, and evangelism and missions.
Since its founding more than 100 years ago, SWBTS has made its home in Fort Worth, training and commissioning more than 45,000 graduates to serve in local churches and mission fields around the world. Regardless of their academic pursuits, Southwestern students are crafted into effective witnesses for the Gospel who can take the saving message of Christ to whatever place God leads them. Wherever students are called, Southwestern can equip them.
Texas Gulf Coast Community College Consortium
CONSORTIUM TOTAL ENROLLMENT:185,919 (fall 2017)
POINTS OF DISTINCTION
- The nine colleges of the consortium are Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, and Wharton County Junior College.
- An estimated 96 percent of consortium college graduates remain in Texas and contribute to economic growth.
- More than 200 certifications, training and academic transfer programs are offered by the consortium institutions.
- Scholarships, financial aid and a wide array of payment plans are available.
More and more, Texas community colleges are becoming the first choice of graduating high school students.
In fact, more than 50 percent of students attending public higher education institutions in Texas, more than 725,000 students to be exact, attended a two-year college in fall 2017. The impact of community colleges reaches even further. Some 70 percent of all four-year university graduates in Texas were enrolled at a two-year institution at some point prior to their graduation.
Earning a community college degree is a great launching pad to further an education by transferring to a four-year school or getting a jumpstart on a new career.
Students who attend one of the nine colleges in the Texas Gulf Coast Community College Consortium receive quality instruction from highly-credentialed faculty members in small classes where personal attention leads to student success.
As the state economy expands, more and more skilled workers are needed. Helping to educate the Texas workforce continues to be a point of pride and a high priority for Texas community colleges.
The nine institutions in the consortium, in step with community colleges across the state, work closely with regional and area businesses to identify the skills needed in the job market. Consortium member schools align their academic programs with industry needs.
These great benefits to students are delivered at an affordable rate. Tuition and fees at Texas community colleges average $2,419 per year for students who live in-district, which is about one-third the cost of a Texas public four-year university.
Texas State Technical College
Address:3801 Campus Drive, Waco, TX 76705
POINTS OF DISTINCTION
- Return Value Funding Formula
- Money Back Guarantee on Selected Programs
- High Placement Rate
At Texas State Technical College, our mission is to “Place More Texans.” That means we’re all about helping graduates find great careers and high-paying jobs. To that end, TSTC partners with community colleges, four-year institutions of higher education and thousands of industry leaders throughout Texas to fill the ever-increasing workforce needs of Texas.
Offering more than 60 in-demand technologies, TSTC students get an affordable, technical education and can receive associate degrees or certificates. TSTC serves the state with 10 campus locations across the state: Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Fort Bend County, Harlingen, Marshall, North Texas, Sweetwater, Waco and Williamson County.
TSTC faculty have real-world industry experience. We partner with industry to make sure our students get hands-on training with state-of-the-art industry equipment.
TSTC has been nationally recognized for operating on an innovative funding formula that is outcomes-based. We don’t get paid until you get hired.
And, TSTC is one of the only colleges in Texas to offer a Money-Back Guarantee on its most commercially viable programs, including Diesel Equipment, Electrical Lineworker, Electrical Power and Controls, Instrumentation and Welding. The Money-Back Guarantee reinforces our commitment to prepare and place highly skilled, technically competent graduates in the workforce.
Serving Texas since 1965, TSTC has graduated more than 100,000 highly trained technicians.