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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


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