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Skilled Workforce

Because of the geographic location of GRAND CENTRAL TEXAS, it is within commuting range of just over 1,000,000 people.  As vast as the labor shed is, the impact of Fort Hood, the largest United States Army training post, is often overlooked.

Fort Hood provides a ready-made job pool of men and women (approximately 500 every month) who are transitioning out of the military into the civilian workforce. Over 40% of those exiting have indicated a preference for remaining in the Central Texas area. The additional benefit to companies is more than just the prospect of a well-trained and highly skilled workforce. There are federal hiring credits available for employing veterans.

Skillsets of Exiting Fort Hood Military

MECHANICAL MAINTENANCE

24%

LOGISTICS

14%

MEDICAL

11%

TRANSPORTATION

5%

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

4%

AVIATION MAINTENANCE

3%

LAW ENFORCEMENT

3%

ELECTRONIC MAINTENANCE

3%

ENGINEERING

3%

GRAND CENTRAL TEXAS boasts a competitive and educated workforce with over 60% of the population attaining some degree of college education. With a population of 752,891 supplying a total job count of 327,257, Grand Central Texas is home to a highly skilled and available workforce. Grand Central Texas’ higher education has more than 54,000 college students annually and that number continues to grow each year.

752,891
Population

327,257
Job Count

Education ATTAINMENT %

Less than 9th grade

4.6%

9th to 12th grade

7.1%

High School Diploma

26.7%

Some College

26.6%

Associates Degree

11.4%

Bachelors Degree

15.4%

Graduate Degree +

8.3%

Higher Education

With universities and strong community colleges there is a continual flow of eager and well-trained individuals entering the workforce. The region also has plenty of options on the school district level offering 14 independent school districts, with all districts meeting the Texas Education Agency’s standards in student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps, and post-secondary readiness.


Baylor University
20,626
Baylor University
Students
Central Texas College
6,976
Central Texas College
Students
Temple College
4,140
Temple College
Students
Texas A&M Central Texas
2,215
Texas A&M Central Texas
Students
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
3,732
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Students
McLennan Community College
7,332
McLennan Community College
Students
Texas State Technical College
4,231
Texas State Technical College
Students