State Training InventoryThe State Training Inventory (STI) is a compilation of Texas education and workforce training providers, their programs, contact information, labor market information, enrollment and graduation data where available. Education and training providers can be public, private and proprietary institutions. STI is designed to assist employers, workforce planners, students and the general public with information that might be helpful in locating education and workforce training programs and estimating the supply of workers.
The following are examples of questions that can be answered by information available on this website:
Data SourcesData in STI were collected from different sources:
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Texas Workforce Commission
Independent Colleges and Universities in Texas (ICUT)
U.S. Department of Education, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Differences between Education and Training ProvidersPublic Community and Technical Colleges
Community and technical colleges often serve three different roles. 1) They enable students to take core courses that can transfer to a university for a baccalaureate degree. 2) They offer fields of study where students can obtain technical degrees and certificates. 3) They allow many people who are already employed to take courses with no intention of transferring or obtaining a degree. 4) They serve a large student population that is sometimes under-prepared. These students require college preparation courses before taking more advanced courses.
Career Colleges and Schools (Proprietary Schools)
Private career colleges and schools are designed to equip students with the skills needed to obtain employment in high-demand career fields upon graduation. They offer highly-focused training in a relatively short time frame. Many career schools offer on-the-job training externship as an integral component of the overall training. Some career schools and colleges offer associate degrees (http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/AAR/PrivateInstitutions/career_schools.cfm) which have been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Universities prepare students in a wide variety of subjects. Some, such as engineering, enable students to find employment in their field upon graduation. Others, such as history or psychology, provide students with a wide variety of skills that may be applied to many occupations.
Institutions that specialize in offering allied health programs such as Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry. Examples of health-related institutions are The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
Field of StudyThe field of study is identified using the Classification for Instructional Programs (CIP) 2000, a coding system developed by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to help the federal government more accurately track, assess and report the fields students are enrolling in and the completions and graduation from each field.
Under a field of study, institutions offer programs which are comprised of a set of courses related to specific subjects. Each program may have a set of awards such as a certificate, associate degree or a baccalaureate degree (see Figure 1). Some of the courses may consist of modules that are less than semester length. Some of the courses are open-entry/open-exit and are self-paced so they may not conform to the traditional semester divisions in a school year.
EnrollmentEnrollment data for public community and technical colleges are those reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the most recent fall semester. A student enrolled at a public community or technical college may indicate a major that might not coincide with the institution's inventory of approved programs. Students may change their majors at anytime during the school year.
Enrollment data for public universities are those reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the most recent fall semester. The major reported for the student will coincide with the institution's approved programs. However, students may change their majors during the school year.
Enrollment data on private career schools and colleges were reported for the entire calendar year.
There was no enrollment data for private industry training providers.
GraduationGraduation data for public community and technical colleges are those reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the most recent academic year (Sept - August). The major (CIP code) indicated coincides with the institution's approved programs.
Graduation data for public universities are those reported to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the most recent academic year. The major reported for the student coincides with the institution's approved programs.
Graduation data on private universities and colleges were those reported for the entire academic year.
Graduation data on private career schools and colleges were those reported for the entire calendar year.
There was no graduation data available for private industry training providers.
Data LimitsSTI does not capture all education and workforce training providers in the State of Texas. For example there are no data on the majority of private industry training providers and public high schools that provide Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. In addition, STI does not contain any data from other state agencies providing vocational training such as the Texas Rehabilitation Commission. However, every effort will be made by TWC to collect data from all sources to provide a comprehensive education and workforce training inventory.
Training information, enrollment and graduation data on some independent universities and career colleges and schools were not available because they are not required by the State to report this information. There are no enrollment and graduation data available on private industry training providers. Enrollment data received from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is for the most current fall semester only. Graduation data is for the most current year. This means that for some programs, the number of graduates displayed will considerably exceed the number of enrollees.
Information on programs (such as course content, semester credit hours, contact hours, etc) may change from one semester to the next. These revisions may not be captured immediately in STI due the cycle of updating these data at the Texas Workforce Commission.
Education and training providers, particularly private career colleges and schools may change names during the school year. These changes may not be reflected on this website until the following year when the data are updated.
We recognize that information on many programs change constantly to address employer needs. STI is only a point-in-time snapshot of available education and workforce training programs. It is important to keep in mind that STI is just the starting point in your search for education and workforce training. The next step should be to contact the training provider for additional and more up to date information.
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