Thank you for visiting the website of the Career Colleges & Schools of Texas. Our association represents nearly 100 schools that are a vital part of the higher education mix in the state. Our schools provide quality education and a wide diversity of choices for Texans who are beginning or continuing their higher education. We work hard to train our students so that they are prepared to start their new careers!

For our nearly 100 member schools, CCST stands ready to work with you and represent you in issues critical to your ability to provide those educational options to your students. We provide resources to help train your personnel, leadership in regulatory and legislative matters, and shared knowledge about cutting edge issues and opportunities within our sector.

We look forward to working on challenging issues, engaging in policy discussions and continuing to enhance and recognize the excellent work of our member schools. We need your support, and we look forward to building an even stronger association. We are committed to Training Texans for Success!!


Nikki England, Chair of the Board
Jerry Valdez, Executive Director

Guiding Principles

Career Colleges & Schools of Texas (CCST) member schools are committed to the principle of ethical and compliant operations. It is the desire of the Association to promote and endorse, via CCST membership, only those schools with like commitments.

CCST is the state association for private, post-secondary colleges and schools that prepare people for today’s jobs and great careers. Approximately 200 colleges and schools in the state offer a wide range of occupational curriculum. These colleges and schools enable more students to reach their career goals, provide employers with a large pool of skilled workers, and ultimately expand the state’s tax base by attracting and expanding business in Texas.

Career Colleges & Schools of Texas offers three levels of membership: School/College, Associate, and Affiliate.

We invite you to visit the membership section of our website and join today!


The rules that govern the internal affairs or actions of Career Colleges and Schools of Texas. These bylaws have been adopted by the Board of Directors and were last revised on October 8, 2010. The bylaws include procedures for holding meetings and electing the board of directors. The bylaws also set out the duties and powers of the board. View the Bylaws here.  Bylaws of Career Colleges and Schools of Texas (45kb PDF)