HCC now offering cheap programs that lead to high-paying jobs in engineering, dentistry


From truck drivers to engineers to dental hygienists, Houston needs workers just about every where you look. For young people, becoming a engineer has become a cheaper and faster process.

HCC and UT-Tyler have formed a four-year electrical and mechanical engineering program right here in Houston that costs about $19,000 and fills the need for high-paying positions.

"Students are calling, our phones are ringing off the hooks, energy companies are calling. They are interested in sponsorships, scholarships, internships," HCCS Associate Dean Mark Tyler said.

If it's the medical field your want, consider becoming a dental hygienist. They earn more than $50,000 and it takes about two years to complete the course at HCC.

"We have dentists and city clinics calling us looking for hygienists to come to work for them," said Michele Giles, director of the HCC dental hygiene program.

Giles says that's how much of a need there is for it and it's expected to keep growing.

The demand for construction workers is also near at all-time high and truck drivers are needed as well, some earning near six figures.

College-bound students may want to consider being a statistician, demand is high and pay can top $70,000 a year.

An aging population is one reason medical fields will be popular and the energy boom is another. Experts say those fields are both having tough times finding workers.

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