In the manufacturing world, it’s tough to dispute the power of the Texas workforce.
Texas communities deliver big when it comes to workforce investment — thanks to a multitude of technical education systems and robust state and local training programs.
With 13 million people, the Lone Star State is home to the nation’s second-largest pool of potential civilian employees, a number that continues to grow.
Texas companies not only reap the rewards of low tax burdens, a lower cost of living, and a fair regulatory environment, but they also score additional value through state workforce development and training efforts.
In fact, Texas’ 38 public universities, 50 community college districts, and top-rated schools equip students with skills for current and future workplace demands while ensuring the state’s pipeline of talent is always full.
A Wealth of Educational Opportunity
In his inaugural address in January 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott made it clear that education will continue to be a top priority for the state, saying: “We must dedicate ourselves to making our schools better than they have ever been.”
Landmark legislation, like House Bill 5, has made a significant impact on Texas education so far and opened the door to new educational and career opportunities for many students, especially technical education.
Texas vocational and trade schools offer a wealth of opportunity for students who want to enter skilled trades. Texas technical schools, along with community colleges and universities, provide various fields of study that cater to industries such as manufacturing, energy, automotive, healthcare, and more.
In fact, an impressive array of higher education institutions are located right here in North Texas, including:
- Midlothian Higher Education Center — Through the Midlothian Higher Education Center, students can start their education through Navarro College, then have the opportunity to complete degree programs through Tarleton State University.
- Texas State Technical College — Red Oak
- Navarro College — Waxahachie
- Southwest Assemblies of God University — Waxahachie
- University of Texas at Arlington
- Southern Methodist University — Dallas
- University of Texas Southwest Medical Center — Dallas
- Dallas Baptist University — Dallas
- University of Dallas — Dallas
- Texas Christian University — Fort Worth
The Lone Star Lure of Low-Cost Education
From a plethora of scholarship programs to robust grants and financial aid, Texas is committed to making higher education more affordable for today’s students.
While many colleges are reporting decreased or stagnant enrollments, some schools in Texas have actually boosted their numbers with dual-enrollment students. Dual credit enrollment for the fall of 2018 was 185,255, up from 151,669 the year prior, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The growth in enrollment is partially due to the affordability of the dual-credit program for students, but also by high schools and colleges working closely to make the transition between grade school and higher education a more seamless process.
As dual-credit enrollment continues to rise, many of the state’s colleges have also become more open to making higher education free or significantly more affordable for these students.
For example, the Dallas County, Lone Star, and Alamo community college systems do not charge tuition to dual-credit students. According to the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, only nine states in the U.S. have state or school districts that cover the cost of tuition and fees for dual-credit students.
Additionally, there is no shortage of scholarships and financial help offered at colleges across the state.
Notably, Texas State Technical College North Texas (TSTC) offers a great scholarship opportunity for high school students from Midlothian. In partnership with local industry, Midlothian Economic Development provides funds to The TSTC Foundation’s Texan Success Scholarship. Graduates of MISD and residents of Midlothian are eligible for these $1,000 scholarships.
Additionally, TSTC is so confident in its students’ job placement rates that it offers a money-back guarantee if students do not find a job within six months of graduation.
Texas’ Commitment to Technical Education
With a robust labor pool, the Lone Star State is a choice destination for a variety of businesses, especially Texas manufacturing firms. By supporting a statewide educational mission that fuels school-to-career opportunities and ongoing employee training options, Texas continues to strengthen its pool of advanced talent.
And while the southern hotspot has evolved significantly over the past couple decades, one thing has not changed: the state’s commitment to superior education.
Show Your Support of Texas Technical Education
The TSTC Foundation’s Texan Success Scholarship is an “open fund” capable of receiving additional contributions from any person or organization. Industry partners are encouraged to contribute to the fund to help local students advance their education and increase the community’s pipeline of skilled workforce.