Abilene is a hub for education for the Big Country area. Our Pre-K-12 public schools prepare students for careers or further education opportunities. The city is home of Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, Cisco College, Texas State Technical College-West Texas and Texas Tech University’s Health Science Center Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health.

Powering an Environment for

Great Education

  • Support an appropriation request made by Abilene Christian University to construct and operate an advanced nuclear reactor in Abilene for the development of safe, reliable and commercial electricity generation in Texas.

  • Support funding TSTC’s signature Returned-Value Funding Model at a minimum performance-based commission of 36%, the rate the Legislature initially implemented when the formula was first enacted during the 83rd Regular Session, in recognition that consistently honoring the commission continuously incentivizes high rates of job placement in high demand fields paying high salaries.

  • Support expansion of TSTC’s commercial driver’s license program, both by growing existing CDL programs and standing up new ones, to meet the state’s transportation needs.

  • Support the establishment of sustainable capital funding for TSTC.

  • Support growing TSTC programming and campuses, generally, to meet the burgeoning workforce needs of Texas.

  • Support critical items for the Texas Tech University System, particularly for anything related to the Health Science Center in Abilene, which trains students as nurses, pharmacists and public health workers.

  • Support increases in the Texas Equalization Grant Program.

What we're reading

Excelencia in Education: ACU joins national effort to aid Latin students

Abilene Christian University President Dr. Phil Schubert has joined the National Network of Presidents for Latino Students’ Success, making a commitment to creating learning environments where Latinos

With new funding formula, community colleges can better prepare students for Texas workforce, experts say

The state’s new funding model can help schools train students for high-demand jobs, panelists said at a Texas Tribune event.