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In 2022, Garner Economics cITC 1onducted an analysis of the organizations who are engaged in training individuals to work for Texas City Employers. The analysis identified education and training partners that contributed to both long-term and short-term training pipeline development.

These partners include:

∙ Three public high schools (Texas City, La Marque and Dickinson) and one alternative education center with a collective enrollment of approximately 5,900 students. (This includes the Texas City ISD Industrial Trade Center, detailed below)

∙ The five post-secondary institutions in the Texas City workforce development ecosystem (College of the Mainland [COM], Galveston College, Texas A&M University at Galveston Campus, University of Houston – Clear Lake, and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) offer professional certificates as well as associate, bachelor’s and graduate degrees. 

Four of these schools graduated nearly 4,900 students with bachelor’s degrees in the past two years. A total of 1,810 associate degrees were also awarded by two Texas City area colleges in the same timeframe, along with about 1,500 certificates from two post-secondary institutions.

Texas City ISD Industrial Trade Center

The Industrial Trades Center is a program that supports students not only from Texas City ISD but all students in Galveston County. The program began in January of 2017 with approximately 200 students and has quickly doubled in size. Students can receive training and certifications in the following trades:

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  • Construction Trades including Carpentry

  • Welding

  • Pipefitting

  • Instrumentation and Electrical

  • Machining

In addition, students receive soft skills that include professional presentations, team communication, time management, and project management. The facility boasts heavy equipment simulators for all students and trainees to utilize for certifications.

The Industrial Trade Center has strong industry support and partnership, with over 50 industries serving on its advisory council. In addition, the maritime program is supported by the U.S. Coast Guard. Program graduates are offered internships and, if successful, full-time employment.

Industry-Based Certificates earned by Texas City-area High School Students: 2019-2021

NCCER Core Level 1

AWS D1.1 Structural Welding – Steel

NCCER Electrical Level 1

NCCER Welding Level 1

NCCER Pipefitting Level 1

BLS (Basic Life Support)/ CPR

AWS D9.1 Sheet Metal Welding

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S/P2 WD40 Cleaning, Storage, Maintenance of Tools and Equipment

S/P2 Automotive Service Pollution

Phlebotomy Technician

Certified Nurse Aide/Assistant

Certified EKG Technician

Patient Care Technician

Cosmetology Operator License

ServSafe Food Managers

Pharmacy Technician

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College of the Mainland (COM) was founded in 1966, with a district that encompasses 237 square miles and five municipalities in Galveston County. Since its inception, College of the Mainland has resided in Texas City, complete with a 120-acre campus. COM graduates with technical degrees earn the highest starting salaries of any new university or college graduate in the state at $73,509. 

COM offers programs that encompass accounting, computer science, criminal justice, marketing, nursing, process technology, and welding.

COM offers programs that encompass: Accounting/Business Administration, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Fire Protection Technology, Health Information Management, Graphic Design/Web Design, a four-year Nursing program, Process Technology, and Welding.

College of the Mainland finalFrom 2019-2021, COM awarded 1267 Associate degrees, with key programs including: Science Technologies/Technicians (217 students) and Health Professions and Related programs (201 students).

As well, COM awarded 812 professional certificates during the same timeframe in several areas of study including: Health Professions and Related Programs (213); Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services (178); Precision Production (118); and Engineering/Engineering-related Technologies (64).

Finally, COM partners with industry through their Continuing Education Department to offer customized contract training courses. Industry partners include the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Marathon GBR, Valero, Marathon & Ashland and more.

Regional Institutions

Texas A&M University at Galveston

A total of 851 students earned Bachelor’s degrees at the Texas A&M Galveston campus from 2019-2021, with major programs including:

Transportation and Materials Moving (421 students)texas am logo

Biological and Biomedical Sciences (240 students)

Engineering/Engineering-related Technologies/Technicians (78 students)

Maritime Studies (39 students)

University of Houston – Clear Lake

A total of 3,148 students earned Bachelor’s degrees at the UH Clear Lake campus from 2019-2021, with major programs including:

Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services (817 students)stacked-uhcl-4-color

Biological and Biomedical Sciences (178 students)

Health Professions and Related Programs (178 students)

Computer/Information Sciences and Support Services (159 students)

Engineering (85 students)

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

A total of 862 students earned Bachelor’s degrees at the UT Medical Branch at Galveston campus from 2019-2021, with major programs including Health Professions and Related Programs (862 students).

Galveston College

Galveston College awarded 699 professional certificates from 2019-2021 in areas of study including Health Professions/Related Programs (329) and Precision Production (107).