Workforce and Training

Texarkana’s talent pipeline will continue to grow with 15 higher education institutions, enrolling more than 37,000 students and awarding over 10,500 certificates and degrees annually in high-demand management, healthcare and technical fields. Locally, three higher education institutions (University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, Texarkana College, and Texas A&M Texarkana) in the MSA are issuing nearly 2,000 awards annually.

Opening a Part 147 Airframe & Powerplant Maintenance Technician School at the Airport in Fall 2024. 

The Betty and Buddy Ledwell Workforce Training Center focuses on preparing students to enter the workforce with skills in industrial maintenance, construction technology, and other in-demand occupations. Today the college offers three programs that allows students to earn up to five one-year certifications.  

Texarkana’s talent pipeline is replenished annually with: 

  • Over 10,000 high school graduates or equivalent (66% continue their education, 33% enter the workforce)  
  • Over 37,000 enrolled in post-secondary education at 15 higher education institutions  
  • Over 10,500 post-secondary education awards, including:  
    • Over 725 manufacturing related program awards  
    • Over 2,700 transportation, distribution & logistics related program awards  
    • Nearly 800 science, technology, engineering & mathematics related program awards 

Data Source: JobsEQ. Data as of the 2019-2020 academic year unless noted otherwise.

Most students who receive a certificate or degree and remain in the area

University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana  

  • 75% remain in the region  

Texarkana College  

  • 72.5% remain in the region  

Texas A&M Texarkana  

  • 61% remain in the region  

Of the 44 public universities across the country, Texarkana is the only community to have two state all-inclusive public university systems, offering programs in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Welding, Power Technologies, and Computer Science.