Texans choose ‘brown jobs’ over college

Community college enrollment fell by 2 percent in Texas — and much more in areas with “brown jobs” in natural gas and oil, such as the Eagle Ford Shale region.

“It’s hard to keep a student in school to get their associate’s when they can go make $65,000 a year as a truck driver,” said Dominic Chavez, spokesman for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.