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The Greater San Marcos region has a population of nearly 250,000 people with a laborshed of 2.4 million within a 60-mile radius of the City of San Marcos.

The region's diverse and robust workforce pipeline is anchored by Texas State University, an emerging research and Hispanic serving institution with over 38,000-students enrolled.

In addition, the region boasts another 24 colleges and universities located within a 50-mile radius of the city of San Marcos, providing a steady workforce pipeline possessing a broad base of knowledge and experience. Austin Community College-Hays Campus provides training, certificate and two-year associates degrees. Technical training in the region is provided by Gary Job Corps, the largest job corps facility in the nation.

Talent Development

San Marcos is home to Texas State University, the fourth largest university in Texas with more than 38,000 students. Texas State is a Tier 2 Emerging Research University and a designated Hispanic Serving Institution offering 97 bachelors, 87 masters, and 12 doctoral degrees including a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization. Other higher education institutions in the region include The University of Texas at AustinSt. Edward's UniversityUniversity of Texas- San Antonio, and Austin Community College

Texas State University

The pulse of the region centers on the state’s fifth largest university, Texas State University, which is an Emerging Research University, located in San Marcos. With a steadily growing enrollment, at over 38,000 students, the University provides a steady pipeline of talent to employers in the region.

Students come from around the world. In fact, 56 percent of Texas State students are ethnic minorities; the University ranks 14th in the nation for total bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students.

Among its 98 bachelor’s, 90 master’s, and 12 doctoral degree programs, Texas State offers a PhD in Material Science, Engineering, and Commercialization. The MSEC program’s goal is to train graduate scientists and engineers to perform interdisciplinary research while equipping them to emerge as effective entrepreneurial leaders in the advancement of 21st-century global discovery and innovation.

Texas State also encourages the entrepreneurial spirit through STAR Park, the 58 acre Science, Technology and Advanced Research Park. The incubator program at STAR One is designed to foster the development of new commercial ventures related to Texas State technologies in applied research. The overall goal of the incubator program is to provide space and infrastructure to expedite research and commercial development of promising technologies in the context of viable, well managed, start-up companies.

Austin Community College

Austin Community College (ACC) is a nationally recognized two-year college serving Central Texas with a campus in the City of Kyle, just north of San Marcos. ACC is focused on student success by providing affordable, flexible pathways to help students reach their education goals, learn new job skills, or advance their career.

The college currently enrolls more than 43,000 credit students and serves an additional 15,000 students each year through noncredit programs. 

In 2016, ACC received a $1.7 million Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund Grant to create custom curriculum for specialized pipe manufacturer, EPIC Piping, in San Marcos.

Gary Job Corps

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people, ages 16 through 24, improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.

Located in San Marcos, Gary Job Corps first opened on March 4, 1965. On November 20, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson made an announcement to his alma mater, Southwest Texas State University (present day Texas State University), telling his audience: "I would like to establish a Job Corps camp to train between 1,000 and 2,000 young men in the skills which will make it possible for them to contribute to the prosperity of the community, and to ultimately become leaders of their fellow men."

With Johnson’s announcement, the former Gary Army Air Field, which had been deactivated a few years previously, transitioned from air base to a career technical training facility. Barracks and buildings were converted to dormitories, classrooms, career technical training shops, and offices. By March 1965, Gary Job Corps was ready to receive its first students - all male.

Today, Gary Job Corps is the largest Job Corps center in the United States. It is situated on 775 acres and is the home for up to 1660 male and female students.

Students can obtain their high school diploma via the Internet and acquire an accredited high school diploma through the Southwest Texas High School.

The center offers over 18 career technical training opportunities ranging from health occupations to business technology related professions. Other career technical training opportunities include construction, manufacturing, and correctional and security officer training. Gary Job Corps also offer career technical training with the Transportation Communications Union (TCU).


The unemployment rates in the Greater San Marcos region are typically lower than the United States, the State of Texas, and Texas' major MSAs. Currently, the unemployment rate for the city of San Marcos is 2.9%, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 


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