Workforce Development

The Gonzales Laborshed offers a robust labor population of over 323,000 and growing from Gonzales and 12 neighboring counties. From early education through technical training and colleges, we are committed to developing and training a 21st century workforce ready to meet the needs of today’s industries.

Development Programs

Victoria College - Gonzales Center

Victoria College’s Gonzales Center has day, night, and online classes for students as well as career training programs. The Career & Technical Education Path helps adults graduate with industry-recognized credentials, certificates, and associate degrees. The Gonzales Center also offers GED preparation, English as a Second Language classes, tutoring, financial aid counseling, and career and degree advising services. It is also a testing center for standardized tests such as the GED, ATI TEAS, and TSI exams.

On-campus courses include:

  • Electrical Craft/Electrical Engineering

  • Power Line Worker Training

  • HVAC Maintenance Training

  • EPA Technician Training

  • Millwright Training

  • Scaffolding Training

  • Welding Training

  • Spanish for Healthcare Providers

  • Motorcycle Safety

  • Computer Literacy

Online courses include:

  • 16 Computer and Technology programs

  • 9 Business programs

  • 7 Healthcare and Medical programs

  • 6 Languages programs

  • 4 Law programs

  • 4 Writing/Publishing programs

  • 3 Finance programs

Gonzales Learning & Career Center

The Gonzales Learning and Career Center, created by the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, is a non-profit focused on helping the community grow by continuing education and preparing people for new opportunities.

Victoria College

The Gonzales Learning and Career Center, created by the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, is a non-profit focused on helping the community grow by continuing education and preparing people for new opportunities.

Victoria College - Cuero Center

Established in 1982, Victoria College’s Vocational Nursing Program in Cuero gives students an opportunity to pursue a Vocational Nursing Certificate.

Victoria College - Halletsville Center

The Zelda L. Allen School of Nursing was established in Hallettsville in 1948 and became affiliated with VC in 1984 to provide courses in vocational nursing.

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University is a public research university founded in 1876 and is the founding member of the Texas A&M University System. The San Antonio campus enrolls 4,564 students and offers 30 degrees.

Texas State Aviation School

Texas State Aviation School serves Central Texas and offers a full range of pilot training, for both private and commercial pilots. The aviation courses are also offered through the Austin Community College Continuing Education.

University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university in Austin, Texas. It was founded in 1883 and is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System.

University of St Augustine for Health Sciences

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is a graduate institution that emphasizes health science education. It has campuses in San Marcos, California, St. Augustine, Florida, Miami, Florida and Austin, Texas.

Galen College of Nursing

Galen College of Nursing-San Antonio is part of the Galen College of Nursing, is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. The San Antonio campus is a small, private, two-year college enrolling 1,129 students and offering 2 degrees.

Concordia University

Concordia University Texas is a private, coeducational institution of liberal arts and sciences that currently enrolls 2,559 students and offers 26 degrees.

Alamo Colleges District

The Alamo Colleges is a network of five community colleges in San Antonio, Texas, and serving the Greater San Antonio metropolitan area. The five colleges in the district operate with a high degree of autonomy.

  • Northeast Lakeview College
  • Northwest Vista College
  • Palo Alto College
  • San Antonio College
  • St Philip’s College

Trinity University

Trinity University is a private liberal arts university in San Antonio, Texas. Founded in 1869, it is situated in downtown San Antonia and currently enrolls 2,438 students and offers 67 degrees.

Austin Community College Campuses

Austin Community College is a public community college system in the Austin and surrounding areas that currently enrolls 41,574 students and offers 146 degrees.

  • Highland Campus
  • Riverside Campus
  • Eastview Campus
  • Northridge Campus
  • Rio Grande Campus
  • San Gabriel Campus
  • South Austin Campus
  • Hays Campus
  • Elgin Campus

St. Edward’s University

Saint Edward’s University is a medium sized, private Catholic four-year university in Austin, Texas. It was founded and operates in the Holy Cross Tradition. It has 4,620 students and offers 97 degrees.

Huston-Tillotson University

Huston-Tillotson University is a private historically black university in Austin, Texas. Established in 1875, Huston–Tillotson University was the first institution of higher learning in Austin. It is a very small, private, four-year university enrolling 1,023 students and offering 20 degrees.

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is a private, four-year university In Austin, Texas, founded in 1902 to train pastors. It currently enrolls 159 students and offers 4 degrees.

Texas State University

Texas State University is a large, public research university enrolling 37,979 students and offering 197 degrees. It was established in 1899 and is the fifth-largest university in Texas.

Blinn College

Blinn College is a very large, public, two-year college enrolling 19,780 students and offering 60 degrees. It is based in Brenham, Texas, with campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg, and Sealy.

Texas Lutheran University

Texas Lutheran University is an undergraduate, coeducational, private university of the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is a small, private, four-year university enrolling 1,373 students and offering 42 degrees.

The Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Mid Coast Construction Academy (MCA)

The Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Mid Coast Construction Academy (MCA) is a nonprofit that accepts students and job-seekers in the field of construction. They offer specialized courses and apprenticeship programs.

University of Houston – Victoria

The Victoria Campus of the University of Houston offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Human Development, and Nursing both in person and online.

Coastal Bend College

Coastal Bend College is a medium sized, public, two-year college enrolling 4,450 students and offering 75 degrees with campuses in Beeville, Alice, Kingston and Pleasanton.

Wharton County Junior College

Wharton County Junior College is a medium sized, public, two-year college enrolling 7,416 students and offering 58 degrees, with campuses in Wharton, Richmond, Sugar Land and Bay City.

Weekend College Our Lady of the Lake

Our Lady of the Lake University is a small, private, four-year university enrolling 3,334 students and offering 74 offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in weekday, evening, weekend and online formats.

Wayland Baptist University – San Antonio

Wayland San Antonio promotes education for working adults, offering evening and weekend classes. Wayland enrolls 5,231 students and offers 73 degrees, and the San Antonio Campus is the home of the WBU School of Nursing.

San Antonio Dental Assistant School

San Antonio Dental Assistant School offers courses and seminars for oral hygienists, dental assistants, and orthodontic assistants, as well as success coaching and externships.

Jon Wayne Academy

Jon Wayne Academy is a San Antonio tech school for the HVAC industry, including technicians and, construction specialists, and industrial service maintenance. North American Technical Excellence certification prep courses are offered as well.

Lamson Institute

Lamson Institute teaches career-based programs with day and evening courses and offers certifications in HAVC/R, Technicians, Electricians, Lab Assistants, EKG Technicians, and Phlebotomists, Medical Assistants and Medical Billers/Coders/Office Assistants.

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute-San Antonio is a trade & vocational school enrolling 441 students and offering programs in HVAC, welding, diesel heavy truck repair and maintenance, automotive service technicians, and CDL courses.