About us


Our Mission

The mission of Northwest Educational Center is to provide high quality training in health care and beauty programs to enhance skills and improve employability in the work force.

Northwest Educational Center firmly believes and promotes the theory that knowledge and work-related skills along with a strong work ethic and sense of professionalism are the tools necessary to enable individuals to become strong, reliable employees.

Northwest Educational Centers primary focus is to provide an educational environment that is the most conducive to learning. Northwest Educational Center maintains an objective-based criterion for completion of all instructional programs with emphasis on learning the principles of the subject and applying the knowledge to the task at hand.

History of the School

Northwest Educational Center was founded by Pat Engel in 1985. The Center was purchased by Northwest Educational Center, Inc. in March 1987. The President/Director of Northwest Educational Center, Inc. was Ying-Yin Li. The Center received approval from the Texas Education Agency, Division of Proprietary and Veterans Education, now known as Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges Department, in November 1988.

In June 1989, Steve Mares purchased Northwest Educational Center, In March 1990, MY.

Mares incorporated the sole proprietorship to The First Educators, Inc. DBA Northwest Educational Center. In July 1998, Northwest Educational Center received accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education. On January 1, 1999, the Center moved from its original location at 5812 Antoine to 2860 Antoine. On February 1, 2002, the Center moved one half block to the current location at 2910 Antoine, Suite B-100, Houston, Texas 77092.


Texas Workforce Commission (formerly Texas Education Agency)

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. TWC strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor’s economic development strategy. Texas boasts an incredibly skilled workforce ready to attract enterprise to the Lone Star State. By focusing on the needs of employers, TWC gives Texas the competitive edge necessary to draw business here.

Contact Information: 101 East 15th Street, Austin, TX 78778

Council on Occupational Education

As articulated by its membership, the mission of the Council is “assuring quality and integrity in career and technical education.”

Contact Information: 7840 Rodwell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350 (770) 396-3898

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)

TDLR refers to itself as “the umbrella licensing agency of the state,” dealing primarily with most, but not all, “non-professional” occupations (i.e., those not requiring four-year or advanced college degrees) such as cosmetologists and electricians (plumbers are licensed through a separate board).

Contact Information: P.O. Box 12157, Austin, TX 78711

Documents relating to accreditation, approval, and licensing may be reviewed upon written request to the Executive Director.


The college, its administrative officers, and faculty hold numerous professional affiliations. For a list of current affiliations, please contact the Office of the President.

TWC Complaint Policy

Northwest Educational Center is proud to display its Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

Dear Students:

This school has a Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

The TWC-assigned school number is S0283.

The school’s programs are approved by TWC, as well as the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations, and the Council on Occupational Education.

Students must address their concerns about this school or any of its educational programs by following the grievance process outlined in the school’s catalog. Schools are responsible for ensuring and documenting that all students have received a copy of the school’s grievance procedures and for describing these procedures in the school’s published catalog. If, as a student, you were not provided with this information, please inform school management.

Students dissatisfied with this school’s response to their complaint or are not able to file a complaint with the school, can file a formal complaint with TWC, as well as with other relevant agencies or accreditors, if applicable.

Information for filing a complaint with TWC can be found on TWC’s website at www.texasworkforce.org/careerschoolstudents.

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