Interested in joining?
As you are aware our sector has suffered scrutiny from many sources this past year. We frequently see attacks by the administration, critics who traditionally don’t favor competition in higher education and the trial lawyer community. Career Colleges & Schools of Texas (CCST) is a strong voice for our industry and for your school but we need your support.
Please consider joining CCST now so we can continue to represent our sector with state and local officials as well as the regulatory bodies that govern our operations.
The top three reasons our members say they joined CCST are to participate in our legislative and regulatory efforts, to offer high quality continuing education for their staff, and to network with professionals in our sector.
1. Legislative/Regulatory Voice
Recent Legislative Activity
CCST has developed an effective relationship over the past several years with the leadership of the Texas Legislature. This alliance has resulted in:
- Passed legislation updating the refund calculation at the Texas Workforce Commission which will benefit our students and also our AR and Bad Debt!!
- Passed legislation updating statute to mirror changes made to FERPA in Federal code.
- Coordinated with legislators to include credit transfer language into legislation that was ultimately defeated at the end of the session. This issue remains a high and primary priority.
- Defeated legislation that would have installed a $15,000 fee in campus renewal of certificate of authorization.
- Supported revision of Veterans benefits at Texas institutions
- Successfully defeated restrictive Surgical Tech legislation
- Successfully defeated restrictive Dental Assistant legislation
- Successfully defeated damaging Cosmetology legislation
Recent Regulatory Activity
CCST Board members meet monthly with representatives of the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and in the past year have:
- Conferred closely with TWC to reconsider recent proposed changes to placement reporting and remediation associated with shortfalls.
- CCST worked closely with regulatory agencies to insure our industry maintained a high sense of integrity during recent revelations of unacceptable activities by a diminutive portion of the industry.
- Successfully negotiated changes to THECB proposed penalties for schools late on submitting reports. Reduced the potential for a school to lose its degree granting authority.
- Lead the negotiated rule changes resulting in THECB recognition of national accrediting bodies which created the
o Ability for Career Colleges in Texas to offer Bachelor and Masters Degree training;
o Ability for Career Colleges to offer Professional Nursing (RN) training;
o Opportunity for reduction of duplicative institutional and program approvals at the THECB;
o Created enhanced opportunities for students’ Transfer of Credit
- Successfully defeated restrictive rules on Workforce Education training programs and faculty (WECM). Allowed for career college graduates to potentially meet the educational criteria to teach in the programs even at public institutions
**The efforts of the CCST Legislative/Regulatory Committee will continue to focus on leveling the playing field in Texas higher education, enhance public understanding of career college successes and protecting the student’s option to select and succeed in the most appropriate educational environment for them individually.
2. Attaining your Required CEH’s
CCST offers CEH courses onsite around the State throughout the year and also has online courses available. Hundreds of campus administrators, staff and faculty have found high quality, timely offerings in cities convenient to them. CCST workshops offer a cost effective way to meet your continuing education needs.
3. Networking Opportunities
Our members use the relationships they have built through their membership activities to meet with their peers. During activities like our Annual Conference, CEH training, and local Chapter meetings members are able to discuss common problems, obtain valuable information to improve their schools, meet new vendors and obtain special prices and discover what is happening in the Legislative and Regulatory world of proprietary schools in Texas.