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State Training Inventory

The 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:
  1. What community or technical colleges, universities or career schools and colleges in a Local Workforce Development Area offer programs related to particular occupations?
  2. What community or technical colleges, universities or career colleges and schools in a Local Workforce Development Area offer programs in a particular field of study?
  3. How many programs are there in the State of Texas related to a particular field of study (i.e. CIP: 261201 Biotechnology)?
  4. How many enrollees and graduates in a particular program (i.e. CIP: 261201 BS in Biotechnology) in the State of Texas.
  5. What are the number of openings and prevailing wages for occupations related to a field of study?

Data Sources

Data in STI were collected from different sources:

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Public Community and Technical Colleges
  • Public Universities and Health Science Centers
  • Associate Degree-granting Proprietary Schools
  • Graduation data on Private Independent Universities
Texas Workforce Commission
Independent Colleges and Universities in Texas (ICUT)
  • Independent Colleges and Universities
U.S. Department of Education, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
  • Private Universities and Colleges

Differences between Education and Training Providers

Public 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

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.

Health-Related Institutions

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 Study

The 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.

Figure 1. Field of Study, Related Program and Awards


Field of Study: CIP: 520101 Business/Commerce, General

Institution Program: Business Administration and Management

Awards: AAS in Business Management
Certificate in Business Management
Enhanced Skills Certificate in Business Management


Enrollment

Enrollment 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.

Graduation

Graduation 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 Limits

STI 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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