Chief among the Katy area's location advantages is its dynamic, well-educated and growing talent pool. Within a 30-minute drive time, from the center of the Katy area, over 38% of adults, 25 years and over, have bachelors and/or graduate degrees. This compares favorably to educational attainment rates of just over 29% in the Houston MSA and the U.S. The Houston MSA provides access to over 60 colleges, universities and technical schools with roughly 380,000 enrolled students.
Growing at a rate of roughly 8 % over the next five years, the population in the talent pool is large with 2,045,160 people (16 + years) and growing. Civilian employment in the talent pool is 1,474,805 with 67,667 unemployed. The labor force in the talent pool is expected to grow about 11.5% over the next five years.
Median household income in the talent pool is $64,377, average family income is $101,739, and per capita income is at $32,686. Income is projected to grow over the next five years at rates from 18.5%. The median age of the talent pool is 34.2.
Training & Workforce Consortium
Katy is home to many corporate energy training centers such as the BP North America Center, National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and PetroSkills. Katy’s large, talented, energetic workforce is one of the reasons why major employers are headquartered here. Katy Area EDC helps Katy employers by (1) facilitating workforce resources and training through the local Workforce Solutions Office at Katy Mills; and (2) helping companies interface with the University of Houston Victoria, Houston Community College (HCC), Katy ISD and other training providers in the area.
Katy Area EDC working with local Workforce Solutions personnel, can help existing or new companies apply for workforce incentives such as the "Skills Development Grant" program through Houston Community College or other programs offered from the Texas Workforce Commission.
Architecture & Construction
Practicum in Architectural Design This project-based course builds upon architectural design foundations and increases understanding of working drawings, construction techniques, and building code requirements. The design process will be applied to architectural projects as students create architectural design solutions using software, illustrations, and modeling techniques. Students may have the opportunity to participate in job shadowing, and/or internships.
Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot issues using system tools and diagnostic software. Topics include Microsoft Windows Vista 7 and 8 operating system, laptops and mobile devices, networking, printers, security, and advanced troubleshooting. The course prepares students for the CompTIA A+ Essentials exams.
Cyber Security I and Cyber Security II
This course takes a comprehensive approach to the needs of protecting our computer networks. Students learn to configure, manage, and secure networks, manage and control operating systems as well as monitor and set up protective measures on business and home networks.
Internetworking Technologies I
Introduction to the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes. After successful completion of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Cisco Academy. Students earning an 80 or above on the Cisco final exam in the spring receive a Cisco Level 1 Networking Certificate of Completion.
Internetworking Technologies II
The architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network is defined as Routing & Switching Essentials. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. After successful completion of the course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Cisco Academy. Students prepare to take the 100-101 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part I (ICND1) Certification exam. Upon successful completion of the ICND1 exam students will be awarded the Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certification.
Manufacturing Engineering I and Manufacturing Engineering II
Hands-on simulation based program deals with theory and application that include analysis, research, design and development of systems, processes, machines, tools and equipment in manufacturing. Students have the opportunity to develop Computer Aided Designs (CAD) and Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) to convert the CAD designs into numbers as well as learn robotic technologies and processes as related to the field of manufacturing.
A capstone experience to give students supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Students focus on planning, managing, and processing materials into intermediate or final products. Practicum experiences may occur in a variety of locations. More information available here.
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) optional Student Certification exams are available during fall and spring semester testing windows. The courses include Safety & Pollution Prevention (S/P2) Certification. S/P2 is the industry standard for environmental and safety awareness certification.
Auto Tech I-Maintenance & Light Repair and Auto Tech II-Automotive Service
Students enrolled in Auto Tech receive training in the proper use of various tools, equipment, and information systems currently used in the automobile repair industry, along with training in service and repair of all of the major vehicle systems. Auto Tech II includes advanced level training in the service and repair of all the major vehicle systems. Students will be required to furnish work style clothing, footwear, and safety glasses that meet program standards.
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
One way to earn a STEM endorsement is through completion of four or more CTE credits, including at least two courses from the STEM career cluster, and at least one advanced CTE credit from within the STEM career cluster. Advanced courses are noted in the course description.
Practicum in STEM
This project-based course is designed for students to apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts and principles in a classroom and workplace environment. Students will focus on planning, managing and providing scientific research and professional standards and services as required by business and industry. Students will use software in project development and design and may have the opportunity to participate in job shadowing, mentoring and/or internships.