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
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 or to enroll in any of the programs below, click here.
Automotive/Diesel Automotive Collision Repair Basic Skills Certification Automotive Technology Advanced Skills Certification Automotive Technology Basic Skills CertificationAutomotive Technology Fundamental Skills Certification Automotive Technology Associate, AAS Diesel EquipmentDiesel Service Technology Associate, AAS Diesel Transportation CertificationDiesel- Basic Diesel Technology Certification Business/Accounting Accounting Associate Certificate & Accounting Associate, AAS Business Management Certificate General Business Certificate Business Associate, AAS Office Administration Office Administration Advanced Certificate Office Administration Certificate of ProficiencyOffice Administration Customer Service Representatice Certificate Office Administration Associate, AAS Computer Programs Computer Information Systems Admin CertificationComputer Information Systems Cyber Security Certification Computer Information Systems Networking Certification Computer Information Systems Programming CertificationComputer Information Systems Technician CertificationComputer Information Systems Associate, AASComputer Aided Drafting and Design, AAS Paralegal Studies Paralegal Studies Certification Paralegal Studies Associate, AAS Commercial Music Commercial Music Advanced Performance Certification Commercial Music Entertainment Business Certification Commercial Music Performance Certification Commercial Music Associate, AAS Design Communications Graphic Arts- Advanced- Certification Graphic Arts Software Skills Certification Graphic Arts Associate, AAS Heating, AC, and Refrigeration HART Commercial Refrigeration Air Conditioning Technician CertificationHART Residential Air Conditioning Installation Technician CertificationHeating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology Associate, AAS Real Estate Real Estate Occupational Skills Award Real Estate Salesmanship Certification Real Estate Associate, AAS Sound Technology Sound Reinforcement Certifcation Sound Technology Enhanced Skills Certification Sound Technolocy Associate, AASSound Technolocy- Fundamentals of Sound Technology Certification Technical Graphics & Design Computer Aided Drafting and Design Advanced CAD Technician CertificationComputer Aided Drafting and Design Basic CAD Technician Certification Computer Aided Drafting and Design Associate, AAS Video Production Technology Cinema and Video Production Advanced Certification Cinema and Video Production Basic Skills CertificationCinema and Video Production Enhanced Skills Certfication Cinema and Video Production Associate, AAS Welding Welding Technology Advanced Processes Certification Welding Technology Basic Processes Certification Welding Technology Associate, AAS Cosmetology Cosmetology Certification Cosmetology Instructor Certification Electrical/Power Transmissions Advanced Electrical Utility Technician Certification Advanced Electrician Certification Advanced Texas Electrical Cooperative Certification Electrical Utility Technician Certification Electrician Certification AAS, Electrical Utility Specialization AAS, Electrician SpecializationAAS, Texas Electrical Cooperative Specialization Culinary Arts Culinary Arts Advanced Culinary and Baking Skills Certification Culinary Arts Fundamental Culinary Skills Certification Culinary Arts Associate, AAS Industrial Manufacturing Industrial Manufacturing/Emerging Technologies Advanced CertificationIndustrial Manufacturing/Emerging Technologies CertificationIndustrial Manufacturing/Emerging Technologies Associate, AAS Fire Technology Advanced Firefighter Certification (FESHE) Fire Service SpecializationAdvanced Firefighter Certification Emergency Medicine Specialization AAS, Fire Service Specialization AAS, Emergency Medicine Specialization Law Enforcement AAS, Corrections Specialization AAS, Peace Offiver Specialization Nursing Nursing Associate, AAS Vocational Nursing Certification Child Development Child Development Associate, AAS Early Childhood Administrator's Certification Family Advocate Certification Child Development/Early Childhood Certification Emergency Medical Services Emergency Medical Services Associate, AAS Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certification Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Certification
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. 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.
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.
Texas Tech Research Park and Innovation Hub
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.
Lubbock ISD - 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 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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Agricultural, Food & Natural Resources Texas State Floral Certification- Level 1 Texas State Floral Certification- Level 2 Architecture and Construction Architectural Design I- Auto CAD User CertificationArchitectural Auto CAD User Ceritifcation Architectural Design II Auto Desk Certification Construction Technology II OSHA Construction Safety Certification Arts, A/V Production & Communications Digital Video Creation I- Adobe Premier Certification Animation II- Adobe Animate Certification Graphic Design & Illustration II- Adobe Photoshop Certification Advanced 3D Graphic Modeling & Animation- Autodesk Maya Certification Business Management and Administration Business Information Management I- Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Business Information Management II- Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Accounting II- Quickbookd Certification Health Science Hospitality and Tourism Introduction to Culinary Arts- ServSafe Food Handlers Certification Advanced Culinary Arts- ServSafe Manager Certification Human Services Cosmetology II- Cosmetology License Information Technology Computer Maintenance- CompTIA A+ Certification Computer Networking- Testout Network Pro & CompTIA A+ Certifications Computer Technician- CompTIA A+ Netowrk, Testout PC Pro, & Testout Network Pro Certification Manufacturing Welding I- American Welding Society D1.1 Certification & D9.1 Certification Welding II- AWS D1.1 Certification & D9.1 Certification Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Engineering Design & Presentation II- Autodesk Certification Auto Desk Certification Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Paint and Refinishing & Advanced Transportation- Paint & Refinishing Student Certification Automotive Technology II- ASE Student Certification Internship & Extended Internship in Transportation Systems- ASE Automotive Collision and Automotive Technology Certifications
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Accounting Accounting II- QuickBooks Certified User Animation Adobe Certified Associate Automotive Technology Automotive Service Excellence Certification Business Information Management BIM I- Microsoft Office Specialist (core) BIM II- Microsoft Office Specialist (expert) Construction Technology NCCER Carpentry I Culinary Arts ServSafe certifications (pending) Computer Maintenance CompTIA A+ certifications (pending) Digital Media Certified Associate in Visual Communication with Photoshop Floral Design Level 1- Floral Design certification Health Science Theory Certified Nursing Assistant (CAN) Health Science Practicum Pharmacy Technician Principles of Applied Engineering Career Safe OSHA Wildlife Management Hunter's Safety License
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Automotive Service Excellence Certifications Earned in classes offered through SPC AutoTech Digital & Interactive Media Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Communication with Photoshop Microsoft Office Specialists Certifications in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access Intuit QuickBooks Certified User Certification in intuit QuickBooks in Accounting II CareerSafe OSHA Certification 10 hour Indistry Certification- Construction, Agriculture, General, and HealthcareAmerican Welding Society Sense Certification AWS SENSE program is a compreensive set of minimum standards for welding education programs ServSafe Food safety certifications for handlers and managers Texas Cosmetology License
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Microsoft Office Specialist Excel Certification Microsoft Office Specialist Word Certification Microsoft Office Expert Excel Certification Microsoft Office Expert Word Certification Hospitality and Tourism ServSafe Food Handler Certification ServSafe Manager Certification Manufacturing AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Certification AWS D9.1 Sheet Metal Welding Certification AWS SENSE Welding Level 1 Certification