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Workforce Development

With a labor force more than 3 million workers strong, the Houston area offers a wide variety of talent at all skill levels. But there is also a regional focus on developing tomorrow's workforce through educating young people on emerging industries and re-training mid-career professionals for high-demand careers. Houston has developed a strong bridge between the talent needs of various industries and the educational programs being offered through colleges, universities and technical programs. 

Fortune 500
#4

Houston ranks #4 among U.S. metro areas in Fortune 500 headquarters

8.25%

City of Houston has a combined sales and use tax rate of 8.25 percent

1.5 million

Number of Houstonians 25 years or older with a bachelor degree

Higher Education

The Houston region is home to more than 20 universities and colleges, including three Tier 1 universities. Houston-area colleges and universities educate nearly 230,000 students annually and graduated more than 56,000 students. In addition, another estimated 200,000 students are enrolled annually in local community and technical colleges. 

Local Universities

Institution

Texas A&M University-College Station

Undergraduate enrollment: 50,707

University of Houston

Undergraduate enrollment: 36,092

Sam Houston State University

Undergraduate enrollment: 18,416

Lamar University

Undergraduate enrollment: 9,129

University of Houston-Downtown

Undergraduate enrollment: 12,079

Texas Southern University

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,967

Prairie View A&M University

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,974

University of Houston-Clear Lake

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,798

Rice University

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,970

UT Health Science Center-Houston

Graduate enrollment: 4,533

University of Houston-Victoria, Katy Campus

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,317

Houston Baptist University

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,316

UT Medical Branch-Galveston

Graduate enrollment: 2,569

University of St. Thomas

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,864

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Graduate enrollment: 2,295

University of Phoenix-Texas

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,256

Texas A&M University at Galveston

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,848

Baylor College of Medicine

Graduate enrollment: 1,577

Art Institute of Houston

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,364

South Texas College of Law Houston

Graduate enrollment: 980

UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,577

Community Colleges

Institution

Lone Star College System

Undergraduate enrollment: 69,452

Houston Community College

Undergraduate enrollment: 49,782

San Jacinto Community College District

Undergraduate enrollment: 35,455

Blinn College District

Undergraduate enrollment: 18,465

Lee College

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,717

Wharton County Junior College

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,050

Alvin Community College

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,709

College of the Mainland Community College District

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,328

Brazosport College

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,229

Lamar Institute of Technology

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,983

Galveston College

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,197

Texas State Technical College-Fort Bend

Undergraduate enrollment: 412

Gulf Coast Workforce Solutions

The Gulf Coast Workforce Board and its operating affiliate Workforce Solutions are the public workforce system in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region of Texas. Workforce Solutions helps employers meet their human resource needs and individuals build careers, so both can compete in the global economy. In 2017, the organization served more than 426,000 individuals across the region.

Closing the Skills Gap with UpSkill

The Greater Houston Partnership developed UpSkill Houston, a comprehensive, industry-led approach to bridge the gap and fill jobs in “middle-skills” occupations, advanced technical and craft careers that require education and skills development beyond high school but less than a four-year college degree. UpSkill Houston is an innovative blueprint for leaders from the business community, educational institutions and social service organizations to utilize as we lead this effort to build a quality workforce.

Skill Development Fund

The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier job-training program providing local customized training opportunities for Texas businesses and workers to increase skill levels and wages of the Texas workforce. The Texas Workforce Commission administers funding for the program. Success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

Related News

Digital Technology

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Relocating Global HQ to Houston

12/1/20
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced the company will relocate its global headquarters to the Houston region from San Jose, California. The headquarters will be located at the company’s new state-of-the-art Springwoods Village campus slated to open in early 2022.  HPE's expansion in and headquarters relocation to the Houston area holds the potential to add hundreds of jobs to its already robust presence in the coming years. Read the official release from Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office. HPE cited Houston’s diverse talent base and low cost of doing business as key factors driving the move to the digital tech hub and global headquarters city. The company already has a large footprint in the Houston region, with more than 2,600 employees working in the area. The new HPE campus, being built in the 60-acre Springwoods Village development, will consist of two five-story buildings with about 440,000 square feet of space combined.  “As we look to the future, our business needs, opportunities for cost savings, and team members’ preferences about the future of work, we are excited to relocate HPE’s headquarters to the Houston region,” said Antonio Neri, CEO of HPE. “Houston is an attractive market to recruit and retain future diverse talent and where we are currently constructing a state-of-the-art new campus.  We look forward to continuing to expand our strong presence in the market.” HPE is a global enterprise information technology company that helps customers drive digital transformation by unlocking value from all of their data. HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions, with a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, to help customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance.  “HPE’s headquarters relocation is a signature moment for Houston, accelerating the momentum that has been building for the last few years as we position Houston as a leading digital tech hub,” said Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership. “Houston has long been a hub for global innovation and offers leading tech companies a deep bench of digital and corporate talent to drive success. We are excited HPE leadership recognized this, and look forward to welcoming the headquarters team to Houston.” The addition of HPE expands Houston’s Fortune 500 headquarters roster to 23 companies. HPE is ranked No. 109 on the 2020 Fortune 500 list.  "We are excited that Hewlett Packard Enterprise has chosen to call Texas home, and I thank them for expanding their investment in the Lone Star State by relocating their headquarters to the Houston region," said Governor Abbott. "Hewlett Packard Enterprise joins more than 50 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the Lone Star State. Texas offers the best business climate in the nation. Our low taxes, high quality of life, top-notch workforce, and tier one universities create an environment where innovative companies like HPE can flourish. We look forward to a successful partnership with HPE, as together we build a more prosperous future for Texas."  HPE has a long Houston pedigree, as Hewlett Packard merged with Compaq Computers in 2002. HPE was founded in 2015 following the separation from HP, Inc. Houston has long been a global hub for innovation and offers leading tech companies a deep bench of digital and corporate talent to ensure success. HPE's headquarters move is a testament to Houston’s unparalleled business environment and outstanding quality of life. Paired with Houston’s low cost of living – which is 25 percent below the average of the nation’s top metros – the Houston region is incredibly attractive to companies like HPE and the talent they work to recruit. The Houston region is home to two Tier One Universities – University of Houston and Rice University – and HPE’s new campus is just an hour drive from a third Tier One university: Texas A&M University. HPE will benefit from the advanced research emerging from these universities along with the technical and corporate talent to get the job done. Learn more about HPE as well as digital technology and innovation in Houston. 
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Economic Development

Port of Houston No. 1 in the U.S. by Cargo Volume

11/30/20
The Port of Houston is now the number one port in the nation by total tonnage of goods moved, according to new figures for the 2019 calendar year.  The Port, which is comprised of the public and private terminals that line the Houston Ship Channel, has long been No. 1 when it comes to foreign tonnage moved. But the new figures from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers show the local complex handled 285 million tons of cargo in total last year, about 47 million tons more than any other U.S. port and a 6% increase over 2018. The Port of South Louisiana previously held the No. 1 spot for most total cargo handled.  The Port of Houston is also first in the nation in terms of vessel transits, handling on average 50 deep water vessels per day.  The Port is comprised of Port Houston’s eight public terminals and almost 200 private terminals situated along the Houston Ship Channel. Port of Houston drives $802 billion in annual national economic value and supports more than 3 million U.S. jobs, according to Port officials.  “The Port of Houston is the undisputed leader nationally as a result of the continued growth of commerce that moves through the busiest waterway in the U.S.,” said Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther. “When you consider the strategic importance of Houston to America’s energy sector, its economic value as the leading export region, and the rapid expansion of imported goods to meet consumer demand of a large and growing population, it clearly highlights the need to expedite the improvements of the Houston Ship Channel to ensure safe and efficient trade for the nation.” As the local sponsor and an advocate of the Houston Ship Channel, Port Houston currently is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and private industry on a plan to expand the channel at an accelerated pace. Work is slated to begin as early as next year on the project that will widen and deepen the channel.  See the latest trade data and learn more about international business in Houston.   
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