Education and Training

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 assists Katy employers by facilitating workforce resources and training through the local Workforce Solutions Office; and helping companies interface with the University of Houston Victoria, Houston Community College (HCC), Katy ISD and other training providers in the area.


Below, you will find additional information on a variety of educational and training resources within the Katy area:

University of Houston at Katy


Several degree programs are being offered at the University of Houston (UH) at Katy: Systems Engineering, Computer Engineering & Analytics, Construction Engineering, and Corrosion Engineering. The first two years of these new programs will be offered through University or Houston/Houston Community College Engineering Academy at the Katy Campus. The UH/Houston Community College (HCC) Engineering Academy is a unique transition program between UH and HCC. Unlike traditional transfer programs, students admitted into the engineering academy are University of Houston Cullen College of engineering students from the first day. 


The Traditional BSN Track is designed for University of Houston students who want to apply to the nursing major beginning their junior year to become a registered nurse (RN). The freshman and sophomore years will be at the University of Houston. After gaining admission in the nursing program, the junior and senior years will be taught face-to-face at the University of Houston at Katy instructional site.

University of Houston – Victoria at Katy

UHV offers 70 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and concentrations in the arts and sciences; business administration; and education, health professions and Human development fields. UHV provides accredited face-to-face and online programs to students in the Gulf Coast region and beyond  with a student enrollments of over 4,500 (3,368 undergrads and 1,133 grads).  UHV awards over $37 million in financial aid annually and an affordable $8,328 in annual tuition and fees (2019-2020). Additionally, over 50 countries are represented by students in Victoria and Katy.  The Finish in Katy initiative with Houston Community College-Katy allows UHV the opportunity to serve the community by benefiting college students who live in the area and are seeking a quality and affordable high education.  

Bachelors Programs

Applied Arts and Sciences, Computer Science, Computer Science Digital and Gaming, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Mathematical Science-Math, Psychology, Business Admin-Accounting, Finance, General Business, Management and Marketing.  In the School of Education, Health Professionals and Human Development, EC-6 and Grades 4-8 are offered. 

Graduate Programs

Biomedical Sciences, Computer Info Systems, Computer Science, Counseling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Interdisciplinary Studies and School Psychology.  In Business Administration, the Strategic and Bridge MBA’s are offered.   In the School of Education, Health Professionals and Human Development, Administration and Supervision, Counselor Education, and special Education are offered in Katy.

Houston Community College

Since 1979, HCC has provided education and opportunity to Katy’s residents. What first began as college option classes after school at Katy High School has grown into a college community with close to 4,300 students drawn from across the Houston area boasting a broad range of programs.

New Houston Community College – Katy, Coming January 2022 

Houston Community College has purchased land and began programming to construct a new campus in the Katy area. HCC will construct a new 150,000 sq. ft. facility adjacent to the University of Houston Katy campus. A main program offered on the campus will be on Advanced Manufacturing.  Below is an architect’s rendering of the new campus and descriptions of the programs that will be offered.  

hcc katy rendering

Manufacturing Machining Technology

The Machining Technology program is designed to meet the industry's continued and growing need for trained machine operators and programmers. The program prepares students for employment in machine shops, manufacturing facilities and in the maintenance of industrial plants. The AAS degree in Machining Technology is designed to develop competent support technicians for employment in the field of machine shop and related occupations. You can find more information here.

Manufacturing Engineering-Technology

The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program is designed to develop competent technicians for employment in the field of manufacturing engineering and related occupations. It prepares students for real world manufacturing techniques including computer methods, and mechanical, electronic, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems. More information is available here.

University of Houston and HCC Engineering Academy

The University of Houston (UH) is proud to introduce its first Engineering Academy program, in partnership with Houston Community College (HCC), to the Greater Katy area!

Most transition programs require that students apply for admission to UH upon completing all academic requirements at the partner institution. The UH/HCC Engineering Academy is different in that students are co-enrolled at both institutions from the moment they are accepted into the academy. UH/HCC Engineering Academy students are official UH Engineering Cougars from the very first day!

Students take their core curriculum courses through HCC while taking engineering courses from UH Cullen College of Engineering faculty at the University of Houston at Katy.

Lone Star College – Cypress Center

Located at Clay Road at Fry less than three miles from the I-10 energy corridor, the Lone Star College Center is a full -service, satellite campus, which opened in 20163 and now serves nearly 2,000 students.  In addition to core academic courses and transitional education courses, the center houses more than 15,000 square feet of workforce space with industrial labs for the workforce programs including: Drafting, Engineering Technology, Machining and Welding.  For more information on Lone Star College – Cypress Center, please click the link below. 

Katy ISD Miller Career and Technology Center

Junior and senior students from Cinco Ranch High School, Katy High School, Mayde Creek High School, Morton Ranch High School, Paetow High School, Raines High School, Seven Lakes High School, Taylor High School, and Tompkins High School have the opportunity to take specialized career and technology programs as well as core classes for half a day at MCTC while continuing to attend their home high school campus the rest of the school day. 

Mission Statement

In partnership with the business community and parents, it is the mission of Miller Career & Technology Center to prepare all students for the transition from high school to post-secondary and career success by providing rigorous, high quality, integrated academic training and pre-professional experiences in compliance with current business standards.​

Learn more by viewing an overview video here.


Manufacturing Engineering I and Manufacturing Engineering II  

This is a 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. 

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Manufacturing Engineering-Practicum 

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. 


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.

Architecture and 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.

Information Technology

Computer Maintenance 

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. 

Transportation, Distribution and 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.