One of Lubbock’s many assets is access to higher education institutions and the students who 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:
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. For more information on the training certifications offered, click here.
Reese Technology Center
Formerly used as an Air Force Base, the Reese Technology Center (RTC) has served West Texas as a business and research park for over 20 years. By repurposing the existing base, the RTC has been a valuable resource for redevelopment projects and other research ventures. As it strives to be a technological hub for the South Plains, the RTC is proud to host some of the nation’s front-running research in renewable energy, alternative fuels, battery storage, defense technology, and more. As a partner with the higher education institutions in Lubbock, The RTC is home to South Plains College (SPC), Texas Tech University Institute for Environmental and Human Health, the National Wind Institute, and the SPC Center for Clinical Excellence.
Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center
LISD’s Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center was established in 1998 as a partnership between LISD, South Plains College, and the City of Lubbock to assist with workforce development. At this technology center there are more than 2,000 high school students (Grades 10-12) from all high schools who attend 51 classes with transportation assistance provided by the district. LISD has established 15 advisory committees by cluster area that represent business, industry, and higher education. In total, that encompasses 165 members plus teachers and staff that meet twice or more per year. The chair of each committee sits on the district advisory committee to provide updates for all program areas. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide students with opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience in diverse careers, including culinary arts and floral design. LISD has four large high schools, nine middle schools, and the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center to deliver these much needed CTE programs. Within LISD, there are 168 CTE classes and 137 teachers teaching these classes. LISD offers programs in 15 of the 16 career cluster areas and offers 26 nationally recognized industry certifications, including 24 classes for college credit. For more information on the certificates offered, click here. To date, there are 11,000 students currently enrolled in these CTE classes. LISD has received four High Demand Job Training grants from the Texas Workforce Commission with the assistance of the local workforce board and Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA). LEDA and the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce sponsor the LISD advisory committee lunches and recruitment events. These advisory committees help establish connections to business and industry, assist with the development of curriculum to meet the needs of regional employers, help determine resources and equipment for programs, share current trends in business and industry, determine appropriate industry certifications, provide student tours of local businesses, as well as classroom presentations, and align coursework for articulated or dual credit opportunities.
Wayland Baptist Univeristy
As 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 non-degree certifications for students to pursue. For more information, visit their website. Wayland Baptist University
Texas Tech Research Park and Innovation Hub
In August 2015, the Innovation Hub at Research Park (The Hub) opened a 40,000 square foot lead-certified premier facility to be a resource for Texas Tech University and the surrounding community. The Hub is designed to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurialism within the community by offering programming support for launching or growing companies based in West Texas. The Hub has several options for leasing space. Available offices are designed to configure to the tenants’ needs. Along with office space, two activator labs are available for temporary use. Tenants are also allowed access to two shared, fully outfitted, biosafety level II safety facilities. Each space within The Hub is outfitted with state of the art software and technology. If you would like to learn more about leasing options at The Hub, you can find more information here.