The Continuing Education Labor Market

GULF COAST WAGE AND JOB GROWTH EXPECTANCY PROJECTIONS Annual wage and job growth data is from the publication, "Gulf Coast WDA Long-term Occupation Projections," authored by the Texas Workforce Commission, Labor Market and Career Information, www.tracer2.com. If the annual wage data is annotated a single asterisk, then the data given is associated with a Bachelors...

Five Ways to Fund a Career Change

If you think you can’t afford to re-tool, think again. Continuing Education courses at Houston Community College are to workforce education what the Autobahn is to high speed transportation in Germany. Or what a bullet train is in Japan. Super-fast, efficient—and affordable. They are fast because they don’t require two years or four years to complete. They are efficient...
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HCC School of Continuing Education Ranks Among Nation’s Elite

Between September 2016 and August 2017, a projected 29,000 area residents will have enrolled in one or more non-credit workforce training or English as a Second Language (ESL) course at Houston Community College. That’s headcount, not total enrollment. Enrollment figures are higher than headcount because many students take several courses at a time throughout the year. College officials...

No Degree? No Problem!

Not every job requires a college degree. So isn’t it time to make your move? Congratulations! If you live in or near Houston, Texas, you enjoy one of the nation’s premier and most robust metropolises. Houston is the nation’s fourth largest city, home of the Johnson Space Center, the Texas Medical Center, the Port of Houston, and 26 Fortune 500 companies. It’s the energy...

Welding at HCC adds spark to careers

When Rhoderick Villanueva needed a career a new spark, he turned to Houston Community College. Although he was employed as a welder at the time, Villanueva earned only $30,000 a year because of limited skills. “I went to HCC to learn multiple processes,” Villanueva said. “HCC makes the tools available. They give you hands-on training and everything you need.” Villanueva now earns...

Laid-off worker finds retooling through online courses pays off

Ana Alva is currently the Senior Administrative Assistant for Dresser-Rand, a global supplier of rotating equipment solutions to the oil, gas, petrochemical, power, and process industries with offices worldwide. She is part of the Unit Sales department that oversees all sales in the United States, Canada, and South America. This past spring, Alva was part of a job force reduction with...

Cybersecurity: Virtual Crime-Fighting, Real-World Rewards

It may be a “virtual” realm of activity on the Internet, but the criminal activity out there is real. Fraud, identity theft, and trafficking in child pornography have all been identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as serious crimes, and trained experts are needed to track down perpetrators and prevent illegal activities. The field of cybersecurity is still evolving right along...

Facts and Finds Fall 2016

A watchful eye on a digital-age hazard Protecting your eyes at work usually involves wearing special goggles or safety glasses that shield against chemicals and particles. Industrial and healthcare workers take routine precautions to avoid eye injury. But desk jobs can affect your eye health as well, and so can your after-hours activity. The American Optometric Association has identified...

The Prior Learning Edge

What is prior learning assessment (PLA)? No doubt you've had a lot of education beyond the walls of a classroom. Prior learning is learning gained outside the college classroom in a variety of settings and through formal and non-formal means. These learning experiences may be equivalent to college-level skills and knowledge and warrant academic credit. Houston Community College evaluates...

A Different Pathway to Nursing

Alissa Fox was searching for a career that would combine her love of science with her compassion for people. After changing her field of study several times and experiencing uncertainty about her direction, she settled on a career in healthcare. “I was interested in nursing, but wanted to make sure it was something I really wanted to do before going to nursing school,” Fox said. So...

Faculty Spotlight: Tom Tynan

Constructing a successful career in and out of the classroom Houston Community College instructors are successful in the classroom and in their professional field. A case in point is the Director of Construction Trades and School of Continuing Education for HCC Southwest, Tom Tynan. While working on his bachelor’s degree in architecture in Florida, Tynan started a small home improvement...

Careers for Today’s Houston

With the economy humming, now is the time to make your move. If you sit on the sofa after the bills are paid wondering how you’re going to get to the next payday, or if the thought of getting to work in the morning doesn’t thrill you like it once did, take heart. Even though there are indications the Houston economy is cooling a bit from the red-hot growth it enjoyed the past...

HCC offers new opportunities at citywide college fair

Tamika Key went to the Catch Your Success One Stop College Fair to get her niece registered for college. Instead, a new opportunity opened up for her. Houston Community College advisors showed Key a little-explored field for women, and Key enrolled herself in the Welding Technology program. Key has already graduated from the HCC Certified Nursing Associate degree...
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Ashley Simon wears the blue

Ashley Simon has wanted to wear the blue since the day she saw police officers patrolling the streets of her subdivision. Unsure what police officers did, she went online to investigate. “I was about 18 years old when I fell in love with the ideal of being a homicide detective,” she said. “I would love to help bring justice and closure to victims and their families so they can possibly...
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Continuing Education: Popular, and for good reason

Continuing education courses are so popular these days that HCC has an entire school that carries the name. HCC’s School of Continuing Education is the third largest such program in the United States, behind such national powerhouses as Miami-Dade Community College in Florida and CUNY (City University of New York). At HCC, that means nearly 29,000 students are expected to enroll in one or...