Texas Community Colleges Seek to Help Adult Students Succeed

Community colleges across Texas spent the week before Thanksgiving celebrating successful students and working to open the door for more adult students to get their college credentials.

Across Texas, 19 community colleges participated in Accelerate TEXAS Week — you can read about all the activities, such as receptions, open houses, recruitment and enrollment sessions, and meet-and-greets with college presidents, on the Accelerate TEXAS Week Facebook page.

The Accelerate Texas effort already has helped more than 2,000 adult basic education students gain skills in college and certificates to fill in-demand jobs.

That’s important because there’s a big problem in Texas. An estimated 44 percent of Texas residents over 25 years old have never attended college. But the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board projects that at least 60 percent of jobs in the Lone Star State will require a career certificate or college degree by 2020.

Through the Accelerate TEXAS program, the schools are incorporating basic skills and workforce training into their programs, so that students can succeed and earn certificates and degrees. Construction, manufacturing, health care, and transportation are the most popular areas where adult students are pursuing credentials from community colleges.

The 19 participating colleges are:

  • Alamo Community College District
  • Amarillo Community College
  • Austin Community College
  • Coastal Bend College
  • College of the Mainland
  • El Centro College
  • El Paso Community College
  • Hill Community College
  • Houston Community College
  • Laredo Community College
  • Lone Star College District
  • San Jacinto College
  • South Texas College
  • Southwest Texas Junior College
  • Tarrant County College District
  • Texas State Technical College
  • Tyler Junior College
  • Victoria College
  • Wharton County Junior College

These community colleges in Texas are stepping up to help adult students succeed and find a career path that can be satisfying, and that’s something adult students can be thankful about.



About Lori Johnston

Lori Johnston is a CollegeBound Network staff writer based in Athens, Ga. She is a former Associated Press reporter and has contributed to many publications, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and People magazine. A 1995 graduate of the University of Georgia, Johnston has served as adjunct professor in the school’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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