Representing the career college

sector in texas

A valuable model for career pathways to advance the future of the Texas workforce.

Latest ED Report

CCST Members – look for our Executive Director report with the last on the favorable BDR ruling, 150% Rule Clarification, current legislative and political environment and more.

Favorable BDR Ruling

5th Circuit Ruled Against Department’s “Almost Certainly Unlawful” Borrower Defense Rule – held that CCST is likely to prevail on the merits of the case in District Court.

Gen Z – Toolbelt Generation

More young workers are going into trades as disenchantment with the college track continues, and rising pay and new technologies shine up plumbing and electrical jobs.

New Report

A recent article in The Texas Tribune about Texas community college students who transfer to a four-year university not graduating underscores the importance of trade and career schools in the education spectrum. As we tweeted: “Most Texas community college students who transfer to a 4-year university don’t graduate.” We welcome these students daily and are…

2024 CCST Conference

Save the Date! September 26/27 in San Antonio. The Conference includes 150 career college and school sector leaders, key decision makers, faculty and administrative personnel.

"Investing in our young and growing workforce is crucial for Texas to remain the premier destination for business and relocation and expansion projects.

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For more than 40 years, the Career Colleges & Schools of Texas (CCST) has been advancing the interests of private sector colleges and universities in our state. With more than 600 licensed career schools and colleges providing practical education to more than 160,000 students in Texas, our sector plays an important role in the state’s economic growth and prosperity. CCST helps provide a consistent and unified voice on the critical legislative and regulatory issues that impact our sector, as well as a forum for networking and promoting the great things happening on campuses in our state and around the country!

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Promotes Your Interests

  • Exclusive resources to help train your personnel and gain CE hours
  • Leadership in regulatory and legislative matters
  • Opportunities for campus visits by key state and federal stakeholders
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Advances Our Sector

  • Respected and influential legislative and regulatory advocate
  • Consistent and unified voice on the key issues facing career campuses and students
  • Sector accountability and excellence
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Builds Relationships

  • Information and networking through our annual conference, training and other events
  • Online membership directory for member schools
  • Opportunities for campuses to collaborate to advance our sector
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Legislative Priorities

  • Level the playing field in Texas higher education
  • Enhance public understanding of career college successes
  • Protect educational options to succeed in the most appropriate environment