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

Career School Member

Private post secondary career training and/or skill development schools dedicated to sound education.

View membership form for more details on application process and dues.

Associate Member

All companies, organizations and individuals interested in advancing the private career colleges and schools industry in Texas.

Affiliate Member

For colleges and schools located outside of Texas.


CCST members have created a self-funded, voluntary program designed to bring more recognition and acceptance of private career schools across the state of Texas. Participating institutions fund $1,000 scholarships to awardees who choose to enroll at their school. The program over the past five years has awarded more than 1,000 scholarships annually. Enrollment for the first campus is $300, and only $150 for each additional campus. The administrative fee covers the printing and mailing costs plus marketing the scholarship program.


If you have a question about joining CCST or renewing your membership, please complete the contact form.

The Career Colleges and Schools of Texas (CCST) is the only association representing the interests of career colleges & schools in Texas and has been THE consistent and unified voice on the critical issues impacting the career college sector in Texas for more than 40 years. CCST proudly advocates on behalf of its nearly 100 member institutions and the students they serve by supporting policies that ensure all students have access to and the opportunity to succeed in postsecondary education. To join, a school owner must subscribe to high education standards and be accepted by the Board of Directors. All members are requested to display the CCST logo in their school and in their advertising.