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Learn the basics about colleges in Brownsville and what economic sectors could be favorable to recent college graduates in the area.

Brownsville, Texas Career Colleges, Technical Schools, and Universities

Looking for accredited career colleges, technical schools, and universities in Brownsville, Texas. Each degree from a Brownsville, 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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Brownsville, Texas Colleges and Careers

Given its strategically important location at the confluence of the Rio Grande River and the Gulf of Mexico, the Texas city of Brownsville has a rich history, and notably was the site of the last battle of the Civil War. However, it is not a place that is mired in the past. Robust international trade has kept Brownsville growing and thriving, and graduates who begin their careers there could be well-positioned for the future.

Brownsville colleges

Although the University of Texas-Brownsville has a large student population of nearly 14,000, it is a recently-created school, having been established in 1991. It has quickly become one of the primary U.S. institutions of higher learning graduating Latinos. About 92 percent of the student body is Hispanic, according to the university's website, and the Excelencia in Education research group ranked it No. 8 in the country for associate degrees conferred to Latinos and No. 24 for bachelor's degrees. Astronomy, biomedicine, transnational studies, and educational development are a few of its signature programs. As listed on the UTB website, in-state undergraduate tuition is $2,997 and out-of-state is $7,692. This is well under the average for Texas public universities, which according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating board will have average tuition and fees of $7,360 (in-state) and $17,659 (out-of-state) for 2012-13. UTB currently combines aspects of a community college and a university due to its partnership with Texas Southmost College; however, TSC is seeking separate accreditation to become an independent institution.

Brownsville careers

Heavy and light manufacturing have long been mainstays of the Brownsville economy with key employers being Consulting Point, Keppel Amfels and Jamestown Plastics. Its location on the Gulf of Mexico also makes the city a transportation and logistics center with a world-class deep sea port. But Brownsville is also seeing tremendous growth in next-generation sectors like nanotechnology and renewable energy. There are plans for the nation's largest offshore wind farm to be constructed in the waters off Brownsville, and Photon8, a local research and development company, is making breakthroughs in biofuel production. According to the Department of Labor, Brownsville ranked No. 1 in Texas for job growth in 2010.

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Tim Mullaney's recognitions include the Salamander Magazine Prize and the Gival Press Short Story Award. He is a former Van Lier Fellow at the Asian American Writers' Workshop in New York City and has taught writing at Washington University in St. Louis. He currently lives in Chicago.

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