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/DieselAutomotive Collision Repair Basic Skills Certification Automotive Technology Advanced Skills CertificationAutomotive Technology Basic Skills Certification
    Automotive Technology Fundamental Skills Certification
    Automotive Technology Associate, AASDiesel Equipment
    Diesel Service Technology Associate, AAS
    Diesel Transportation Certification
    Diesel- Basic Diesel Technology Certification
    Business/AccountingAccounting Associate Certificate & Accounting Associate, AASBusiness Management CertificateGeneral Business CertificateBusiness Associate, AAS
    Office AdministrationOffice Administration Advanced CertificateOffice Administration Certificate of Proficiency
    Office Administration Customer Service Representatice Certificate
    Office Administration Associate, AAS
    Computer ProgramsComputer Information Systems Admin Certification
    Computer Information Systems Cyber Security Certification
    Computer Information Systems Networking CertificationComputer Information Systems Programming Certification
    Computer Information Systems Technician Certification
    Computer Information Systems Associate, AAS
    Computer Aided Drafting and Design, AAS
    Paralegal StudiesParalegal Studies CertificationParalegal Studies Associate, AAS
    Commercial MusicCommercial Music Advanced Performance CertificationCommercial Music Entertainment Business CertificationCommercial Music Performance CertificationCommercial Music Associate, AAS
    Design CommunicationsGraphic Arts- Advanced- CertificationGraphic Arts Software Skills CertificationGraphic Arts Associate, AAS
    Heating, AC, and RefrigerationHART Commercial Refrigeration Air Conditioning Technician Certification
    HART Residential Air Conditioning Installation Technician Certification
    Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology Associate, AAS
    Real EstateReal Estate Occupational Skills AwardReal Estate Salesmanship CertificationReal Estate Associate, AAS
    Sound TechnologySound Reinforcement CertifcationSound Technology Enhanced Skills CertificationSound Technolocy Associate, AAS
    Sound Technolocy- Fundamentals of Sound Technology Certification
    Technical Graphics & DesignComputer Aided Drafting and Design Advanced CAD Technician Certification
    Computer Aided Drafting and Design Basic CAD Technician Certification
    Computer Aided Drafting and Design Associate, AAS
    Video Production TechnologyCinema and Video Production Advanced Certification Cinema and Video Production Basic Skills Certification
    Cinema and Video Production Enhanced Skills Certfication
    Cinema and Video Production Associate, AAS
    WeldingWelding Technology Advanced Processes CertificationWelding Technology Basic Processes CertificationWelding Technology Associate, AAS
    CosmetologyCosmetology Certification Cosmetology Instructor Certification
    Electrical/Power TransmissionsAdvanced Electrical Utility Technician CertificationAdvanced Electrician CertificationAdvanced Texas Electrical Cooperative CertificationElectrical Utility Technician CertificationElectrician CertificationAAS, Electrical Utility SpecializationAAS, Electrician Specialization
    AAS, Texas Electrical Cooperative Specialization
    Culinary ArtsCulinary Arts Advanced Culinary and Baking Skills CertificationCulinary Arts Fundamental Culinary Skills CertificationCulinary Arts Associate, AAS
    Industrial ManufacturingIndustrial Manufacturing/Emerging Technologies Advanced Certification
    Industrial Manufacturing/Emerging Technologies Certification
    Industrial Manufacturing/Emerging Technologies Associate, AAS
    Fire Technology Advanced Firefighter Certification (FESHE) Fire Service Specialization
    Advanced Firefighter Certification Emergency Medicine Specialization
    AAS, Fire Service SpecializationAAS, Emergency Medicine Specialization
    Law EnforcementAAS, Corrections SpecializationAAS, Peace Offiver Specialization
    NursingNursing Associate, AASVocational Nursing Certification
    Child DevelopmentChild Development Associate, AASEarly Childhood Administrator's CertificationFamily Advocate CertificationChild Development/Early Childhood Certification
    Emergency Medical ServicesEmergency Medical Services Associate, AASAdvanced Emergency Medical Technician CertificationEmergency 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

    For more information on the programs below, click here.

    Agricultural, Food & Natural ResourcesTexas State Floral Certification- Level 1Texas State Floral Certification- Level 2
    Architecture and ConstructionArchitectural Design I- Auto CAD User CertificationArchitectural Auto CAD User CeritifcationArchitectural Design IIAuto Desk CertificationConstruction Technology IIOSHA Construction Safety Certification
    Arts, A/V Production & CommunicationsDigital Video Creation I- Adobe Premier Certification Animation II- Adobe Animate CertificationGraphic Design & Illustration II- Adobe Photoshop CertificationAdvanced 3D Graphic Modeling & Animation- Autodesk Maya Certification
    Business Management and AdministrationBusiness Information Management I- Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Business Information Management II- Microsoft Office Specialist CertificationAccounting II- Quickbookd Certification
    Health Science
    Hospitality and TourismIntroduction to Culinary Arts- ServSafe Food Handlers Certification Advanced Culinary Arts- ServSafe Manager Certification
    Human ServicesCosmetology II- Cosmetology License
    Information TechnologyComputer Maintenance- CompTIA A+ Certification Computer Networking- Testout Network Pro & CompTIA A+ CertificationsComputer Technician- CompTIA A+Netowrk, Testout PC Pro, & TestoutNetwork Pro Certification
    ManufacturingWelding I- American Welding Society D1.1 Certification & D9.1 Certification Welding II- AWS D1.1 Certification & D9.1 Certification
    Science, Technology, Engineering & MathematicsEngineering Design & Presentation II- Autodesk Certification Auto Desk Certification
    Transportation, Distribution and LogisticsPaint and Refinishing & Advanced Transportation- Paint & Refinishing Student Certification Automotive Technology II- ASE Student CertificationInternship & Extended Internship in Transportation Systems- ASE Automotive Collision and Automotive Technology Certifications
  • Frenship

    For more information on the programs below, click here.

    AccountingAccounting II- QuickBooks Certified User
    AnimationAdobe Certified Associate
    Automotive TechnologyAutomotive Service Excellence Certification
    Business Information ManagementBIM I- Microsoft Office Specialist (core)BIM II- Microsoft Office Specialist (expert)
    Construction TechnologyNCCER Carpentry I
    Culinary ArtsServSafe certifications (pending)
    Computer MaintenanceCompTIA A+ certifications (pending)
    Digital MediaCertified Associate in Visual Communication with Photoshop
    Floral DesignLevel 1- Floral Design certification
    Health Science TheoryCertified Nursing Assistant (CAN)
    Health Science PracticumPharmacy Technician
    Principles of Applied EngineeringCareer Safe OSHA
    Wildlife ManagementHunter's Safety License
  • Cooper ISD

    For more information on the programs below, click here.

    Automotive Service Excellence Certifications Earned in classes offered through SPC AutoTech
    Digital & Interactive MediaAdobe Certified Associate in Visual Communication with Photoshop
    Microsoft Office SpecialistsCertifications in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access
    Intuit QuickBooks Certified UserCertification in intuit QuickBooks in Accounting II
    CareerSafe OSHA Certification10 hour Indistry Certification- Construction, Agriculture, General, and Healthcare
    American Welding Society Sense Certification
    AWS SENSE program is a compreensive set of minimum standards for welding education programs
    ServSafeFood safety certifications for handlers and managers
    Texas Cosmetology License
  • Roosevelt ISD

    For more information on the programs below, click here.

    Business, Marketing and Finance
    Microsoft Office Specialist Excel Certification Microsoft Office Specialist Word CertificationMicrosoft Office Expert Excel CertificationMicrosoft Office Expert Word Certification
    Hospitality and TourismServSafe Food Handler Certification ServSafe Manager Certification
    ManufacturingAWS D1.1 Structural Steel CertificationAWS D9.1 Sheet Metal Welding CertificationAWS SENSE Welding Level 1 Certification