Trade Schools in Corpus Christi

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With its beautiful coastline, sunny weather and numerous tourist attractions, it's not hard to see why Corpus Christi has been given the nickname the "Sparkling City by the Sea." As the home to the Texas State Aquarium, the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and King Ranch, Corpus Christi invites residents and visitors alike to celebrate its gorgeous natural landscape.

In addition to its attractions and natural beauty, Corpus Christi could be a great city for vocational students. Students have access to both the city's skill-based economy and all the local, affordable technical schools in Corpus Christi.

Top Industries in Corpus Christi

As home to the fifth-largest port in the United States, Corpus Christi was originally established as a trade center for Spanish explorers. Today, the Port of Corpus Christi is generally used to transport agricultural products and oil.

In addition to the Port's various logistical and transportation companies, the largest employers in Corpus Christi include Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System and the city's school district.

As such, it's no surprise that the fastest-growing industries in Corpus Christi are:

Why Is Corpus Christi Good for Trade and Vocational Students?

Many of the vocational schools in Corpus Christi offer programs intended to help students enter the above industries and get one of the highest-paying careers in the region. A couple of the largest schools in the area are:

  • The Southern Careers Institute has 8 campuses, including one in Corpus Christi. As this institute is one of the largest technical schools in the city, it offers programs in more than 20 different fields of study. SCI also offers various grants and scholarships to help students afford the cost of the program.
  • The South Texas Vocational Technical Institute also offers numerous programs for Corpus Christi residents, including various health care programs. South Texas Vocational Institute's programs focus more on skilled trades like automotive service technologies than business disciplines.

By attending one of Corpus Christi's trade schools, you can change your career and learn a skill without paying for a typical four-year college.

Learn more about how vocational school is the right choice for you and read more about vocational and trade schools in Texas.

Learn More about Corpus Christi


Total Population324,692

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College18,122
Median Earnings Without High School Degree$21,332
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,642
Median Earnings With Associate Degree$36,137


Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Commutes by Walking1.6%
% Commutes by Bicycle0.3%
% Commutes by Public Transportation1.5%


Median Housing Cost$992
Median Gross Rent$996
Median House Value$133,200
Source: American Community Survey, 2018, U.S. Census Bureau,
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