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Howard County Junior College District – Howard College

Enrollment (Fiscal 2007)

  • Total Enrollment:
  • 12,843
  • In-District:*
  • 5.8%
  • Out-of-District:*
  • 27.4%
  • Full-time:**
  • 32.9%
  • Female:
  • 42.5%
  • Male:
  • 57.5%
  • Anglo:
  • 46.5%
  • Hispanic:
  • 46.0%
  • African American:
  • 4.5%
  • Asian:
  • 1.0%
  • Native American:
  • 0.3%
  • International:
  • 0.0%
  • Other:
  • 1.6%

* Percentage of annual unduplicated enrollment. Out-of-state and continuing education students not included.
** Full-time enrollment of students seeking college credit.

Contact Information

Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President
1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, Texas 79720
(432) 264-5030

Tuition, Rate Per Semester Credit Hour

Resident of District Tuition & Fee Rate: $56.00

Nonresident Tuition & Fee Rate: $69.88

Program Description

Howard College has three campuses (in Big Spring, Lamesa and San Angelo) offering a wide variety of associate degree plans and certificate programs spanning areas of study such as agriculture, business, cosmetology, criminal justice, dental hygiene, general studies, information technology and nursing. A fourth campus, Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID), offers courses in developmental/preparatory studies, college transfer programs and vocational/technical training in state-of-the-art learning environments.

University Transfer: Students wishing to transfer to a four-year university can pursue associate degree plans with course offerings in areas of study including biology, chemistry, psychology, economics, foreign languages, history, mathematics, music, drama/theater and others. Howard College has formal articulation agreements with many universities including Texas Tech University, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Stephen F. Austin University and Tarleton State University.

Career Training: The Career and Technical Education program offers Associate of Applied Science degrees as well as certificate programs. Degree/certificate plans available include dental hygiene, criminal justice, certified surgical technologist, nursing and agribusiness.

Total Degrees and Certificates Awarded, fiscal 2007

  • Total:
  • 390
  • Associates:
  • 217
  • Certificates:
  • 173

Total does not include an advanced technology certificate program that comprises 16 to 50 semester credit hours and requires students to have an associate or bachelor’s degree or to be a junior in a bachelor’s degree program.

Number and share of students either enrolled in a Texas four-year institution or employed within six months of graduation, fiscal 2006:
Academic Students Percentage Technical Students Percentage
Employed Only5243.7%20270.4%
Employed and Enrolled (in Senior Institutions)4235.3%248.4%
Enrolled Only (in Senior Institutions)119.2%10.3%
Enrolled Only (in Community Colleges)43.4%248.4%
Not Found108.4%3612.5%
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