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Building our intellectual capital

A prime attraction for relocating to Fort Worth is the high quality and ever-growing pool of employees. In addition, the area provides outstanding opportunities for education on all levels. Seven universities and colleges are located in the immediate area, and three K-12 independent school distrcits (ISDs) serve students in the Fort Worth city limits. Additionally, Tarrant County supports over 200 respected private schools.

Workforce Development
Education - K-12

Fort Worth offers a wide range of educational resources - from pre-kindergarten to graduate school - to students and their families. There are 20 school districts preparing tomorrow's workforce within Tarrant County's borders, the largest of which is Fort Worth ISD.

Take, for example, the most significant redesign of secondary education in the nation: the FWISD's Gold Seal Programs of Choice and Schools of Choice.  At the high school level, Choice programs provide an opportunity for students to graduate a step ahead for college and career – prepared to compete in our economy from Day One. Dynamic programs include studies as essential as education and law enforcement and span local powerhouses like petroleum engineering and aerospace science. Students then graduate high school with college credits, licenses/certifications and invaluable contacts and experience.

Strategic Pathways to Student Success

This pilot project leverages community and technical resources to help Fort Worth ISD students make informed choices about college and career directions. Spearheaded by the Chamber’s Quality Workforce Development Committee, this collective impact initiative is funded in part by TG of Round Rock, Texas.

A five-member, ethnically diverse volunteer task force spent more than 2000 hours developing the framework, and the Chamber functions as the “backbone organization,” providing overall strategic coherence and logistical/tactical support. Strategic Pathways to Student Success is a high tech and high touch blended approach to interacting with the target population of students, their counselors and their parents. The project will pilot in middle school, where according to Texas House Bill 5, students, parents and counselors must agree on a chosen career pathway for the student to pursue in high school.

More information on numerous area public school districts and private or charter schools is found on our Economic Development site and/or in our Member Directory.

Major Colleges & Universities


Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Texas Woman's University

  • Ministerial training
  • Located in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment: 3,579
  • Public university
  • Located in Denton
  • Enrollment: 15,075

Tarleton State University, Fort Worth Campus

University of North Texas

  • Public institution
  • Main campus located in Stephenville
  • Fort Worh Enrollment: 1800
  • Public university
  • Located in Denton
  • Enrollment: 36, 216

Tarrant County College

University of North Texas Health Science Center 

  • Public institution
  • 5 locations in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment: 50, 628
  • Public institution 
  • Located in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment: 2, 242
Texas Christian University

University of Texas at Arlington

  • Private university
  • Located in Fort Worth
  • Enrollment: 10, 033
  • Public university
  • Located in Arlington
  • Enrollment: 38, 650


Continuing & Extended Education

Tarrant County College Community &
Industry Education (CIE) 

TCU Extended Education

Offers educational programs in four areas: 

  • lifelong learning
  • preparatory education
  • professional conferences & seminars
  • workforce training & certifications.

A program made for all ages. Includes:

  • Summer youth camps
  • Lifelong learning for senior citizens
  • Online classes
  • Personal & professional development courses

University of Texas Global Leadership
Executive MBA

MBA Scholarship Programs

70% of online, with class on Dallas campus
every other weekend. 
For professionals wishing to further their education
with a graduate business degree.  

Online Business Management Programs

Guide to Resources for Business Students

Search for business degrees online in
Fort Worth and nationwide.  

Academic, financial and professional tools, tips and
resources for business students and professionals.


College Affordability, Financial Aid & Scholarships


North Texas Community Foundation

The official site for applying for federal
financial aid.  

Students can search for scholarships exclusive to
Fort Worth, North Texas, and nearby areas. 

Texas Scholarships, Unigo

Student's Guide to Finding Affordable Schools

Search for dozens of scholarships
for Texas students.

Learn how to find and pay for affordable
higher education.

Online College Financial Aid


Accredited online colleges, including
colleges in Texas, are eligible for students
to receive federal financial aid. 


Non-Traditional Education Options

Texas State University Programs Online

Online Colleges & Programs in Texas

Texas State University offers a variety of online
programs for students throughout the state. 

Get help finding the best online programs
available in Texas.

Online Community Colleges

Student's Guide to Finding Affordable Schools

Find and compare community collegs
that offer online courses. 

Learn about accreditation, finacial aid, and more
for online schools and programs.