Laredo College

Laredo College is a learner-centered institution transforming students’ lives through educational programs and services to fulfill the dynamic needs of its local, regional, national, and global community. The College aspires to cultivate a learning, teaching, and working environment that facilitates student success and promotes institutional excellence. Laredo College is celebrating its 75th anniversary, after opening its doors in 1947 to prepare returning World War II soldiers for the workforce, and now serves as a two-campus district that provides education and workforce training to a thriving community with a growing population. The College has continuously served as a premier institution of higher learning for a tri-county area in South Texas that includes Webb, Jim Hogg, and Zapata counties. The singular taxing district is the City of Laredo. Laredo College is proud to be a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has strived to champion the educational and economic needs of the community for over 70 years. Over 90% of the College’s average enrollments each year identify as Hispanic.

The College serves the varied needs of a rapidly growing community of over 250,000 residents and provides educational opportunities to over 10,000 traditional and dual-enrolled students each year through a variety of affordable academic, health sciences, and workforce programs. The student body profile indicates higher percentages of female, part-time, and non-traditional students. In as much as the student population is characterized as Hispanic and both academically and economically disadvantaged, the College is positioned to offer the appropriate services that address the unique needs of this student population. Laredo College values and supports all its constituents through advocacy, empathy, and highlighting awareness to issues that are most important to their livelihoods and prosperity. This focus on student success and excellence has led to recognitions such as the top spot in the Top 10 Community Colleges in Texas for two consecutive years (bestcolleges.com, 2020, 2021).

Laredo College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificates. The College offers students the opportunity to pursue degree, certificate, training, and transfer programs in diverse Arts & Sciences, Health Sciences, and Workforce Education fields through multiple modes of delivery including traditional, hybrid, online, and flex modalities. The College currently offers two bachelor’s degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership. The College’s Nursing programs have received several accolades including #1 in Best Nursing Schools in Texas (RegisteredNursing.org, 2021) and #1 Best RN-ADN Nursing Schools in the United States (RNCareers.org, 2021). In addition, the College has a vibrant community education division committed to improving the quality of lives of adult learners by providing occupational and professional development, workforce skills, and personal growth. In 2021, this division garnered the Adult Education and Literacy Best in Class Award (TWC, 2021).

The College has a successful track record for acquisition of grants and external funds that support the College’s mission and institutional goals. Most recently, the College received over $5 million to bolster its Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programming. The funds will largely be utilized to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students who attain degrees or credentials in STEM. Aside from excellent programs and financial support, the College contributes to the overall success and development of students through myriad vibrant academic and student support divisions. These divisions foster the learning and social development of students, regardless of location and mode of delivery, through student activities, student organizations, technology, and support that facilitates the students journey through college.