Workforce & Education


Businesses in Allen are supported by a highly-skilled workforce and a pipeline of future talent.


Labor Force

Allen’s labor shed contains one of the most highly-educated and skilled workforces in the state of Texas.


workfoce growth in Allen in the past 10 years

Statistical Overview

Source: ESRI - Last updated 8/1/2020
15 Minute Drive Time273.779
30 Minute Drive Time1,231,178
45 Minute Drive Time2,224,207
DFW Metro Area3,727,644

Higher Education

Universities / Four-Year Education

Allen’s employers are nestled in an extensive higher education system.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to a number of major universities that house nationally- (and even globally-) ranked programs in business, science and engineering, and medical/health sciences fields. Many of these universities are also on the cutting edge of research and innovation in science and engineering:

  • UT Dallas, UNT, and UT Arlington are all ranked as Tier I (R1) research universities, indicating they have the highest level of research activity among their national peers
  • Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University (located in Fort Worth) have received R2 classification, indicating a higher research activity

colleges and universities in the DFW area


graduates from higher education annually

Colleges / Two-Year Education

Collin College

  • Collin College Frisco

  • Collin College McKinney

The area is also home to Collin College, the largest community college in North Texas where over 59,000 students are enrolled in credit and non-credit (Continuing Education) courses. 

The Continuing Education and Corporate College each offer training programs specialized to meet companies’ need. Workforce development grants like the Skills Development Fund have helped Allen companies reduce the costs of training their employees. For example, KONE, a global elevator and escalator manufacturer, recently received a $398,000 grant for customized training programs.

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Collin College Technical Campus

Collin College is about to begin construction on a new campus in Allen that will serve as the county’s central hub for career and technical education when it opens in 2020.

  • 340,000 SF of state-of-the-art instructional, vocational, technology training, and office space
  • Potential to serve over 4,000 students
  • A true campus environment with underground parking, top-quality landscaping, and sidewalk connections that enable students to walk and bike to mixed-use amenities on the 121 Corridor