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Join us on September 19-20, 2016 for the Texas Education & Workforce Summit, a culmination of the series of workforce and education forums that have been held across the state to assess regional needs and ensure that Texas is poised to compete in an ever-changing 21st century economy. As part of Governor Greg Abbott’s Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative, the one and a half-day summit’s featured speakers will include Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes, Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar and TWC Commissioners Ruth Hughs and Julian Alvarez. The commissioners will present their recommendations related to establishing a framework for closer collaboration among public education, higher education, and workforce development entities in Texas.
Earlier this year, Governor Greg Abbott established the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative to assess local economic activity, examine workforce challenges and opportunities, and consider innovative approaches to meeting the state’s workforce goals. “Understanding the needs of job creators is paramount to ensuring that Texas remains the top state for business expansion and relocation,” said Governor Abbott. “By establishing this initiative, the State of Texas now seeks to ensure that the needs of both its growing workforce as well as new and existing businesses are met and each are prepared to successfully operate in an ever-changing 21st century economy.”
As part of the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative tour, the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency, and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board hosted a series of meetings in Midland, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, El Paso, McAllen, Tyler and Austin. During these meetings, agency leaders met with workforce and economic development representatives, as well as education leaders from area independent school districts, community colleges, and universities, in order to assess local workforce needs and innovative workforce development models that directly coordinate with industry partners and promote postsecondary success. The commissioners also sought to identify and advance public and higher education initiatives that make college more affordable and accessible for all Texans, keeping with the goals of 60x30TX, the statewide strategic higher education plan spearheaded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Finally, the commissioners sought input on regional services for Texas veterans, evaluating their access to education and employment opportunities to ensure a seamless and accelerated transition back into the Texas workforce.
At the Texas Education & Workforce Summit on September 19-20, these agency leaders will host a forum for additional discussions and present their recommendations related to the Governor’s charge for the Tri-Agency Initiative.