The Alamo Colleges serve the Bexar County community through their programs and services that help students succeed in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed in today's world. The five colleges: San Antonio (est. 1925), St. Philip's (est. 1898), Palo Alto (est. 1985), Northeast Lakeview (est. 2007), and Northwest Vista (est. 1995) offer associate degrees, certificates and licensures in occupational programs that prepare students for jobs, as well as arts and science courses that transfer to four-year colleges and universities and lead to AA and AS degrees. Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College and San Antonio College are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Austin Community College is a nationally recognized two-year college serving Central Texas. ACC is focused on student success and providing affordable, flexible pathways to help students reach their education goals, learn new job skills, or advance their career. The college currently enrolls more than 43,000 credit students and serves an additional 15,000 students each year through non-credit programs.
Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) has seven independently accredited colleges (Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland) plus the R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications. Together, our colleges enroll more undergraduate (freshman and sophomore) students than any other college, university or community college system in the state. Since 1965, we have served more than 1.5 million people.
El Paso County Community College District has five campuses and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate degrees. The five campuses are Mission del Paso Campus, Valle Verde Campus, Northwest Campus, Rio Grande Campus, and the Transmountain Campus. EPCC is a nationally recognized institution of higher education that is committed to facilitating student success. EPCC currently offers more than 130 academic programs and more than 350 personal enrichment/ continuing education courses at our five campuses located throughout El Paso County.
Lone Star College, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, is locally focused, nationally recognized and globally connected. Known for its innovative and visionary thinking, Lone Star College is the fastest-growing community college in the nation and a major contributor to the local and regional economy. LSC offers associate degrees and certifications, as well as seamless opportunities to obtain bachelor's and master's degrees at one of its two University Centers through its progressive partnerships with many four-year universities.
Throughout its 40 year history, Lone Star College has been steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Currently leading the charge to improve completion rates, LSC is one of the only colleges in the nation to establish a formal Office of Completion and is the managing partner of Texas Completes, the statewide initiative that brings together five Texas college systems to advance deep student success reform.
Odessa College (OC) has focused on the future of Odessa and the Permian Basin since 1946, impacting the lives of more than 500,000 people through its college-prep, career and technical, continuing education, adult basic education, workforce training and community recreation programs. OC core courses are guaranteed transferable and students can pursue their education for about 1/3 the cost of a four-year university. OC offers more than 45 associate degree programs and about 70 certificate options. To meet the needs of today's students, classes are available on the beautiful OC main campus in Odessa, at extension sites in Andrews, Monahans, Pecos, and Seminole, as well as in the convenience of their home or office over the Internet through OC Global. OC Global provides educational opportunities to anybody anywhere at anytime. It offers accredited completely online degree programs, but with access to real-life faculty and staff to help you be successful.
South Texas College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Baccalaureate and Associate degrees. More than 30,000 students attend STC, and a faculty and staff of more than 1,600 serve STCs six campuses (including the eSTC virtual campus) and three teaching centers throughout Hidalgo and Starr Counties. STC has developed a robust and successful Dual Enrollment program, and currently supports more Early College High Schools than any other college in the nation.
STC is one of the few community colleges in Texas to offer Baccalaureate degrees. Additionally, South Texas College was the recipient of the 2013 Leah Meyer Austin Award, presented by the Achieving the Dream organization for demonstrating systemic institutional changes that have resulted in a significant increase in student success.
A leading catalyst for progress, Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, is an innovative alliance of public and private groups that share a common goal: improving the public education system so that every Texas student is prepared for success in school, in the workforce, and in life.
The Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) is a non-profit association that includes all 50 public community college districts in the state. The General Appropriations Bill and legislation affecting public community colleges in general have been and remain the principal concerns of TACC.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's mission is to work closely with policymakers and education stakeholders to develop and implement a higher education framework focused on initiatives to:
- Dramatically increase the number of postsecondary completions;
- Keep college affordable and accessible for all Texans; and
- Align higher education outcomes with current and future workforce needs.