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Growing tomorrow's workforce
Sugar Land is home to both a 4-year undergraduate and graduate university and to three junior/technical colleges. Our higher educational institutions actively partner with the business community, creating a strong workforce for companies and employment opportunities for new graduates.
University of Houston Sugar Land
The University of Houston Sugar Land (UHSL) is part of the University of Houston system and came about through countless partnerships, to bring higher education to the Fort Bend County area. In 1998, the Texas Department of Transportation transferred 284 acres on University Boulevard, just off US-59 in the southwest part of Sugar Land to establish the UHSL campus. That same year, the UH System Board of Regents, City of Sugar Land, the George Foundation, and a community campaign led by the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council raised enough capital to construct the first campus building.
The University of Houston at Sugar Land is a Tier One higher education facility serving students who are pursuing studies in more than 21 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, such as Digital Media, Nursing, Biotechnology, Construction Management, Retailing and Consumer Science, Administration and Supervision, Executive Human Resources Development, and more. Completed in late 2019, UHSL features the College of Technology with 3 floors of large, state-of-the-art classrooms, research labs, auditoriums, student lounge areas, faculty and staff offices and a greenhouse area. UHSL also has computer and multimedia laboratories, as well as a campus library and bookstore and several student organizations.
The University of Houston Sugar Land is actively pursuing regional business partnerships with academic programs that are a good fit for the businesses. UHSL is an instructional site of the University of Houston with five UH colleges offering programs and degrees at the Sugar Land campus. UHSL is interested in pursuing industry and community partnerships that support the UH academic and research missions.
Wharton County Junior College
Located in the University of Houston at Sugar Land, this transfer-driven campus offers more than 25 different and very affordable courses. The WCJC/University of Houston System Partnership 2 + 2 Joint Admissions Agreement facilitates the admission of WCJC students to the University of Houston System so that they may continue their studies in four-year programs.
Texas State Technical College
Located just down US-59 in Rosenberg, the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) provides technical instruction in a partnership with Wharton County Junior College. TSTC helps fill the skills gaps and train workers in programs such as: Industrial Systems Technology, Cyber Security, Welding, Robotics, Electrical, HVAC Precision Machining and more.
Houston Community College-Southwest
With several campuses in southwest Houston, HCC-Southwest is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development, and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. The college offers studies in Accounting, Allied Health, Business, Bank and Finance, Communications, the Arts, Engineering, Marketing, Pharmacy, various fields of Science and Medicine and much more.