One of Lubbock’s many assets is access to both higher education institutions and training programs and the highly-skilled students who graduate from them. With three universities and one of the state’s strongest community colleges, there is a continual flow of well-trained, eager individuals entering our 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 (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.
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. 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 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. For more information, click here.
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.
The Innovation Hub at Research Park (The Hub), a 40,000 square foot lead-certified premier facility, is a resource for Texas Tech University and the surrounding community designed to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurialism within the community by offering programming support for launching or growing companies based in West Texas. Offering state-of-the-art technology and resources such as space designed to configure to the tenants’ needs, two activator labs and two fully outfitted biosafety level II safety facilities. The Innovation HUB at Research Park continues to provide substantial financial and mentorship support for startups in West Texas. As a part of this catalyst for innovation, West Texas is becoming known as a place where ingenuity is cultivated and where big ideas become a reality.
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 in grades 10-12. 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 that facilitate the high-demand 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
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