Established in 1971, Houston Community College is a public, two-year institution with campuses in Houston, Missouri City, and Stafford. The school currently serves more than 60,000 students and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. HCC has offered online college courses since 2001, but has expanded their programs even further in recent years. Career training, professional enhancement, personal enrichment, and certificate programs are available in areas such as accounting, business communication, computer technology, foreign languages, graphic and multimedia design, health care, languages, leadership, management, photography, and writing. Students have the option to enroll in individual online classes or certification/licensure renewal programs.
The third-largest university in Texas, the University of Houston currently serves nearly 40,000 students. The school was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1954. Like a number of universities in Texas, UH has taken advantage of technological developments in e-learning to expand their distance education offerings in recent years. Online courses are available in subjects such as anthropology, construction management, communication, digital media, English, health care, kinesiology, mathematics, nutrition, psychology, and technology. U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Houston's online degree programs in education No. 3 for admissions selectivity and student services and technology. The school's online programs also ranked highly for student engagement and accreditation.
Texas Southern University was originally established in 1927 as a junior college and achieved university status in 1951. This historically black university currently serves more than 9,500 students and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In an effort to better accommodate the educational needs of working adults and non-traditional students, the school has also expanded their online education programs. Available areas of study include business, information technology, homeland security and emergency management, non-profit management, and public administration. TSU's online business degree programs were ranked among the top 50 schools for student engagement and accreditation and student services and technology by U.S. News & World Report.
With a population of nearly 2.1 million residents, Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the United States. Top industries for the local economy include energy, biomedical research, health care, aeronautics, and trade. Some of the area's top employers include Memorial Hermann Healthcare Systems, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Continental Airlines, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Chevron Corporation, and Halliburton. With these job opportunities in mind, students graduating with online degrees in business, engineering, health care administration, or another health-related area are in the best position to pursue careers with the city's top employers.