Frequently used terms
Parent(s): the person legally caring for a migratory student; could be a guardian
Child/children: youth aged 0-21 who have not graduated from high school or earned a HSE certificate
Student: youth enrolled in a public school in Texas
If you see the words “English Only” next to a website, this means the resource does not have a translation option and is only available in English
If you see this icon, it means that the service or resource described is provided by the MEP and only available to migratory students.
Community colleges are funded by taxpayers and partner with local businesses and organizations to offer job training that meets employment needs in the area. They usually offer two-year degrees like Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science. The cost for these degree programs is about one-third of the cost of a university degree. Also, community colleges have open enrollment, which means that anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent may enroll. 2
Community colleges offer several programs of study, such as welding, automobile maintenance, nursing, lab technicians, medical imaging, law enforcement, hospitality, electrical trades, cosmetology, dentistry, and many more.
All community colleges have different enrollment standards, but some of the basic requirements needed for enrollment to many community colleges include the following:
For information on community colleges in Texas, visit 2023 Best Community Colleges in Texas (English only).