Junior colleges in Texas include public community colleges and private for-profit technical schools such as Palo Alto College, El Centro College and Tyler Junior College. Post-secondary schools are considered to be junior colleges when they provide educational programs at the associate, certificate or diploma level.
Junior and community colleges offer a broad range of program options designed to prepare students for skills training to enter the workforce or for further study. In Texas, there are more than 70 different schools offering academic and training programs designed to take two years or fewer to complete. Of these, three are public universities that offer lower-division branch institutions, and four are a part of the Texas State Technical College System.
Public community and residential colleges in Texas, such as Del Mar College and the Texas State Technical Colleges, offer technical skills programs leading to careers in nursing, culinary arts, graphic design and diesel engine repair. These schools also offer traditional academic courses as a part of an associate of science program. Because many of the technical-training-based courses are not transferable to other colleges, and because there are many different options, students should be careful to consult with program advisers to clarify their goals before enrolling in classes.