One of Lubbock’s many assets is the educational community and the access to students that graduate from them. With three universities and one of the state’s strongest community colleges, there is a continual flow of eager and well-trained individuals entering the workforce. The labor force in Lubbock is distributed over a wide variety of industries and contains a diverse set of skills and knowledge. The local institutions for educating and training are as follows:
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University is on a path to become the state’s next Tier One university known nationally for its research endeavors. The university is home to more than 32,327 undergraduate and graduate students. New private and industry partnerships are offering unparalleled research opportunities in a variety of areas including sustainable energy, wind power, crop science and food safety. Texas Tech is world-renowned for its Wind Science and Engineering Research Center and currently offers the only Ph.D. program in Wind Science and Engineering in the U.S.
The university is home to an award-winning chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honorary society. From the arts to engineering, and the humanities to the physical sciences, Texas Tech offers 150 undergraduate majors, 100 Master’s Degrees and 50 Doctoral programs in 13 colleges and hosts 60 research centers and institutes. Texas Tech is also home to the Texas Tech University School of Law and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a medical school. As Texas Tech moves toward its goal of becoming the state’s next national research university, the opportunities for students, faculty and research partners is endless.
Lubbock Christian University
Established in 1957 by members of the Churches of Christ, Lubbock Christian University’s (LCU) mission is to teach students the spiritual dimension of life, provide a quality education and to support a system of values for living and service to family, community and church. With more than 70 academic programs covering a broad spectrum of disciplines, including 35 undergraduate majors, a Scholars Colloquium and an Honors College, LCU has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 20 Comprehensive College in the Western Region.
Wayland Baptist University
Wayland Baptist University (WBU) began in 1908 as the dream of pioneers who respected the life-altering value of education. Now the oldest university in continuous existence on the High Plains of Texas, WBU reaffirms that commitment every day through a distinctive combination of offerings. WBU offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, more than a dozen pre-professional programs and nine graduate programs.
South Plains College
South Plains College (SPC) is a comprehensive, two-year community college that serves the greater South Plains area of Texas featuring innovative educational programs that span the arts and sciences, technical education, continuing education and workforce development. With more than 100 study and career programs, there is something for everyone at SPC.
Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center
The Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center (BMATC) is a unique 106,000-square-foot educational facility located in Lubbock. Involving South Plains College, the Lubbock Independent School District (LISD), LEDA and a number of community partners, the center is designed to deliver cooperative technical education programs to support the development of a skilled technical workforce for Lubbock and the South Plains Region, including state-of-the-art computerized testing and training services.