Want to land that dream job? Technical colleges can help

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 6:54pm

Higher education officials are always looking for ways to advance Texas programs. So last year the Texas legislature passed "House Bill 5".

House Bill 5 is a bill that encourages college degrees through specialized technical programs. In East Texas, Tyler Junior College is one local college that offers these specialized courses. KETK spoke with Tyler Junior College's Public Relations Director, Fred Peters, who said, "We're going to see I think an increased interest in creating certificates and associate degrees that can lead directly to going to work with a one year or two year degree". T.J.C. has noticed an increased demand for these programs, with nearly 40% of their student body enrolled in technical courses. Peters said, "They are in demand, and we're finding actually that many times a student can come here and receive an associate's degree or even a certificate of proficiency and go right to work at a high demand job that's paying well".

T.J.C. has created 31 new certificates over the last three years, with even more new programs scheduled for the future. Soon, T.J.C. will open their new "Energy Center", where they will add nine brand new energy-related programs. To view more about the courses visit: http://lcmstarget.tjc.edu/proftech/ .

The goal of technical programs is to help students get ahead, and according to Peters, "Provide a student with skills that can allow them to go right into the workforce and have a good paying job right away".

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