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Learn the basics about colleges in Bedford, Texas, and what the local economy could offer recent college graduates pursuing careers there.

Bedford, Texas Career Colleges, Technical Schools, and Universities

Looking for accredited career colleges, technical schools, and universities in Bedford, Texas. Each degree from a Bedford, Texas Career College, a post-secondary for-profit institution, offers an education with an in-demand career field.

At career colleges in Texas, you typically don't take general education classes in core subjects such as English and math. Instead, you focus on career-related courses.

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Bedford, Texas Colleges and Universities

Bedford was settled in the 1870s, but it took a full century and a number of ups-and-downs before the Texas city was flourishing. According to the state's historical association, the completion of the nearby Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport helped fuel Bedford's growth during the decade of disco, and the pace of development has not let up since. Home to 400 businesses in 1990, Bedford boasted 1,798 in 2000, which could be good news for students attending Bedford colleges who want to stay in the area after graduation.

Bedford colleges

As part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, Bedford is close to many colleges and universities. Among the nearest is LeTourneau University in Longview. LeTourneau offers more than 85 academic programs, including three aeronautical programs approved by the Federal Aviation Administration: airframe and powerplant mechanic; private, instrument and commercial pilot; and air traffic control. The schools of aeronautical science, education and engineering all boast a 90 percent three-year job placement rate for graduates, according to the LeTourneau website. It has an enrollment of about 1,200 undergraduates, and the 2011-12 student body included people from 49 states and 21 countries. Tuition ran to $23,210 in 2011-12, which was close to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's projected 2012-13 state average of $23,045 for independent colleges.

Bordering Bedford to the south, the community of Arlington is home to the University of Texas-Arlington. This large state university has an undergraduate enrollment of about 25,000 on a 400-acre campus. Architecture, bioengineering, nanoelectronics, and urban/public affairs are among the school's noteworthy programs. Tuition and fees for 2011-12 were $8,500 (in-state) and $15,940 (out-of-state). The THECB estimates average tuition and fees of $7,360 (in-state) and $17,659 (out-of-state) for public universities in 2012-13. Other colleges close to Bedford are the Tarrant County College Science Learning Center, Remington College's Fort Worth campus and Dallas Baptist University.

Bedford careers

Being in the greater Dallas-Forth Worth area, Bedford is part of one of the country's largest economies, meaning there are job opportunities in nearly every sector. Major Dallas employers that are located in or near to Bedford include Bell Helicopter, Eastman Chemical, LeTourneau Technologies and Trinity Rail. Aviation and aerospace manufacturing are particularly big local industries, with American Airlines and Lockheed Martin among other primary employers regionally. The 2011 mean annual wage in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area was $46,160, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That figure rose to $70,660 for business and financial operations occupations and to $110,100 for management occupations.

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