dcsimg

Houston Vocational and Trade Schools

Article Sources
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, Houston, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_26420.htm
  • US Census Bureau, Houston, http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml
  • National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • Interview with Bob Mitchell
  • Interview with Terry Higginbotham
X

Houston is an economic hub, one that is home to the headquarters of 26 Fortune 500 companies. An innovative region, Houston has diversified its economy in business sectors ranging from energy to health care and continues to attract and maintain a highly talented and skilled work force. With more than two million people, the city is a major metropolitan area. It also has an educated population, with 29.2 percent of individuals 25 years and older holding a bachelor's or graduate degree. 

Expert Insight

"The job market continues to grow rapidly. In fact, the economy is growing faster in the Houston region than any other area in Texas." Read the full interview with Bob Mitchell and Terry Higginbotham from Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership and Workforce Solutions respectively .

Houston Vocational Schools

Attending a two-year college or trade school could help you prepare for entry into the vocational sector. While many skilled-trade and vocational type jobs usually require hands-on training, a formal education can also be a good way to get ready for your career. Here are a few examples of schools in the city, which offer two-year associate degree programs, as well as shorter certificate programs:

  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance, Houston
  • Brightwood College, Houston
  • Cardiotech Ultrasound School
  • Champion Beauty College
  • Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
  • Culinary Institute Inc
  • Fortis Institute, Houston
  • Interactive College of Technology
  • North West Beauty School
  • School of Automotive Machinists

Expert Advice on Vocational Education in Houston

To get a better understanding of Houston's economic growth, RWM.org spoke with Bob Mitchell, President of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership and Terry Higginbotham of Workforce Solutions. The core focus of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership is bringing primary jobs to the region. The organization has 270 funding members across 14 cities in two counties and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in December. Workforce Solutions is a public workforce system and an affiliate of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board contracted to help employers meet workforce needs and residents build careers, so both can compete in a global economy.

About The Expert
Bob Mitchell is President of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership. He has a 34 years of experience in economic development, process controls and manufacturing management in the Houston region.
Terry Higginbotham is a business consultant at Workforce Solutions. He graduated with a degree in Business Management.

What is the economic outlook in Houston?

Mitchell: The job market continues to grow rapidly. In fact, the economy is growing faster in the Houston region than any other area in Texas. With that said, we'd like it to grow even more quickly. Although there has been a recent downturn in the energy industry, other industries such as specialty chemical, health care, maritime and aerospace continue to make strides.

The region ranks #2 nationally for the city with the most Fortune 500 companies, 47 percent of all specialty chemical stock is produced in Houston and the region produces 60 percent of the country's gasoline. The maritime industry is especially strong and the Port of Houston was named the #1 export port for the United States, outpacing New York.

Higginbotham: Houston is a gateway for trade to Mexico, Canada and expanding markets of Latin America. Economic strategists identify Houston as one of the most robust and dynamic economies in the world. The common theme by Greater Houston Partnership is, "Houston is ready-made for business success," and has become the driving force for continuing growth.

What are some of the top employers in Houston?

Mitchell: Major employers can be found across all industries, ranging from energy to health care. However, some of the biggest include Johnson Space Center, Texas Medical Center, Exxon, Shell, Mobile, Haliburton, Bay Port Industrial Complex, and specialty chemical companies such as Dow Chemical and Lubrizol.

Higginbotham: Some of the major employers in the region include Shell Oil, Hewlett-Packard, JP Morgan Chase, Centerpoint Energy, Kroger Company, H.E.B. Foods, Memorial Hermann Health System, Aramark Corp, and Pappas Restaurants.

How is Houston attracting new industries?

Higginbotham: Houston's geographic area provides convenience to industry and attracts investors who want to expand operations to the Gulf Coast Region.

  • Location: Optimal communications throughout the United States based on Central Time Zone; one hour behind East Coast and two hours ahead of West Coast. Basically midway point between both East and West Coasts; can reach destination by air in a couple of hours.
  • Seaport: Port of Houston offers worldwide access as well as three other seaports within the region.
  • Airport: Two major airports for passenger & air cargo operations. Ellington Airport, Houston Airport System, has letter of intent with a major corporation for potential spaceport.
  • Weather: Climate allows for year-round outdoor activities.
  • Taxes & Incentives: State Incentives such as Texas Enterprise Fund, Skills Development Fund, etc. Local Incentives such as Property Tax Abatement, Employer Tax Credits, Foreign Trade Zones, etc.

Why is Houston an attractive location for students?

Mitchell: Houston is a technology hub that revolves around technology and engineering. The educational institutions in the region provide engineering degree opportunities. In addition to the University of Houston and Embry Riddle, the region is also home to the University of St. Thomas, Texas Southern University, Houston Baptist University, and more. In short, professional opportunities in the region are closely aligned with educational opportunities and providers.

Higginbotham: The Greater Houston Partnership developed UpSkill Houston, a comprehensive, industry-led approach to bridge the gap and fill jobs in middle-skills occupations. UpSkill Houston is an innovative blueprint for leaders from the business community, educational institutions and social service organizations to utilize as we lead this effort to build a quality workforce.

Why would you recommend someone move to Houston?

Mitchell: Houston has a strong economic environment and is an international city with a global economy. For example, it is home to the second largest number of embassies in the US (only behind New York). It has a business friendly climate, continues to grow, and is an affordable area to live, attend school and work. There are plenty of recreational activities for families and individuals alike - the region has the second-largest recreational boating industry in the country.

Higginbotham: Houston is identified as "A City With No Limits" and highly multicultural with 105 different languages spoken. Here are other reasons it's a great place to live.

  • Cost of Living: Third lowest overall among nation's most populated metropolitan areas.
  • Affordable Housing: Cost about 36% below average.
  • Health Care: Texas Medical Center is the largest medical complex in the world with 54 world-renowned medical research and academic institutions.
  • Weather: Mild winters with enjoyable year round outdoor activities.
  • Restaurants: Houston is known as the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas; more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments.
  • Arts & Culture: Museum District of Fine Arts, Natural Science, Zoo, and Outdoor Theater for live performances. Other major performing arts include Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, The Alley Theatre (Drama) and Houston Ballet.
  • Sports: Houston Texans, Houston Rockets, Dynamo Soccer Team, Houston Astros, and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Article Sources
Vocational Schools in Houston, Texas
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
 
Results:  10
Matching School Ads
BS in Business Administration - Project Management

WELCOME TO KAPLAN UNIVERSITY

Online Education That Fits Your Life

For 80 years, we’ve been preparing students for career success. We’ve led the wayso that our students can too.

Globally Renowned Purdue to Acquire Kaplan University

Purdue University, one of the nation's most respected universities, will acquire Kaplan University and create a new, nonprofit, public institution within the Purdue system. Pending regulatory approvals, this exciting transition is expected to take place later this year. This change will be seamless—during the transition, you will still be able to enroll at Kaplan University, earn a high-quality education, and meet your educational and career goals.

  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Professional Massage Therapy Program
  • A student-focused program with a multidisciplinary approach to massage therapy
  • Dallas & Houston campuses accredited by ACCET
  • Arlington campus accredited by ACCSC
  • 7½ month full-time & 12 month evening programs, perfect for busy schedules
  • Career services assistance is provided to graduates throughout their careers
  • Classes start November 13!
     
Show more [+]
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
    • Its Fast Track program enables qualified students to save up to 30% on tuition and graduate up to 30% faster.
    • Its online MBA program was named by the International Graduate Forum as a top 10 Online MBA Program in 2012.
    • Listed as a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine in 2014.
    • Lets students watch, view, read, or hear content through its program, My Unique Student Experience (M.U.S.E.).
    • Has additional campus locations near military bases in Colorado Springs and Denver.
    Show more [+]
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Accelerated Programs
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    Audio Production (BS)
    • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
    • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
    • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
    • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
    • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
    Show more [+]
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Financial Aid
    Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
    • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
    • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
    • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
    • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
    • Online Courses
    MS Cybersecurity - Computer Forensics
    • UC is committed to liberal education integrated with professional study
    • Accredited by the MSCHE with a beautiful campus located in Utica, New York
    • 21 graduate programs, 38 undergraduate majors & study abroad opportunities
    • More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students (full- and part-time)
    • Offers financial aid options to students who qualify for tuition assistance
    Show more [+]
    • Online Courses
    Professional Welder with Pipefitting
    • A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business since 1973, with an A+ rating.
    • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
    • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
    • 3 campuses located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jacksonville, Florida, and Houston, Texas.
    Show more [+]
    • Accredited
    • Financial Aid
    Psychology (BA) (Online)
    • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
    • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
    • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
    • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    A.S. - Healthcare Information Technology

    • Career Training Online: Ultimate Medical Academy is committed to helping you succeed in a healthcare career. That’s why we offer assistance from the very beginning, throughout training, and even after you graduate.
    • Get personalized attention with UMA: One-on-one tutoring, pre-interview coaching, job search assistance, alumni services—they’re all included in Ultimate Medical Academy’s competitively priced tuition.
    • Engaging Online Learning: You’ll get individual feedback from your instructors, watch educational videos, participate in discussion boards and have access to live study group sessions.
    • Career Services: UMA has a relationship with more than 100,000 employer locations across the country and we use that network to search for job opportunities and schedule interviews for our graduates.
    • Let’s Talk: As a nationally accredited school, we provide quality career training online and at our Clearwater, Florida campus. Let’s talk about your needs, your career goals and how UMA can help you succeed.
    Show more [+]
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
    Nurse Educator (PGC)
    • Online Bachelor's programs include Healthcare Management, Public Health, IT, Psychology, BBA & Criminal Justice
    • Dedicated to delivering quality education and personalized attention to students since 1899
    • Provide a range of campus experiences and services online including advising, tutoring, student community, and career services
    • Give students and alumni access to career assistants who help with resumes, cover letters, job hunting, and more.
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits