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The Texas Gulf Coast Community College Consortium knows that no two career paths are the same. Whether you are looking to refine your skills or start a brand new path, we offer a large variety of programs to align with your goals, budget, and timeline for college. Community Colleges serve a diverse population, ranging from high school students looking for dual credit, single mothers looking to enter the workforce, to senior citizens with a thirst to learn more. Check out our programs below to learn more information on the types of programs our nine colleges offer.
Associate Degree Programs
Earning your Associate Degree can land you a full-time job that pays over $15,000, on average, per year more versus having a high school diploma alone. Typically, associate degrees are earned in two years. After receiving your Associate degree, you can enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college to finish your field of study.
These programs are designed specifically for students who plan to transfer to a four-year University. Our university-transfer allows you to complete the first two years of college and transfer to a four-year institution to complete your baccalaureate degree.
Dual Credit Programs
Our colleges partner with area independent school districts, charter schools, private schools and home school students to offer courses in the core curriculum, foreign languages, and workforce education. Through this partnership, high school students are now able to graduate with college credits and can enter the workforce or transfer to a university with these credits upon high school graduation.
Our nine colleges offer non-degree programs that award diplomas and certificates. These can last from a few weeks to several months. This is a great way to learn a particular skill without pursuing educational requirements for a degree.
Workforce Training &
Our colleges train students for employment by providing quality educational courses that meet employer’s needs. Some of the programs offered include Career and Technical programs, Corporate Solutions, Economic Development, Small Business Development Centers, and Safety Training. The Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI) offers a plethora of opportunities and scholarships for technical workforce training.
We Enroll Nearly 260,000 Students in our Consortium of Nine Community Colleges, almost 1/4 of all Community College Students in Texas!
Hear What Our Students Have to Say!
The experience that I gained at HCC led to my first job in the TV News world because I was able to put on my resume that I ran a camera, I knew how to do teleprompter, I could write and produce, and that's how I ended up getting a position at KHOU as a production assistant. Another great opportunity at HCC was receiving a scholarship because I paid for my books, my classes were taken care of, all of my supplies, and that meant that I could truly focus on what I wanted out of my career and spending more time at HCC TV.
It was important for me to come back to COM after 25 years for a few different reasons. One, I wanted to continue to learn new aspects of the trade. After so long, the industry has grown exponentially. Two, I wanted to have that piece of paper that make me legitimate. And lastly, I went back to school to set an example to my 15 and 13-year-old. I want them to know that you’re never too old to learn.