THECB Contact: Linda Munoz, Linda.Munoz@thecb.state.tx.us
The Accelerate TEXAS (Accelerate TX) programs require institutions to establish interagency partnerships in order to establish career pathways for lower skilled adults and youth who score at the high intermediate ESL level (literacy/reading) or low intermediate basic education level (reading/numeracy). The Accelerate TX programs directly target out-of-school adults and youth without a high school diploma or GED who are interested in a career/technical education in a target or high-demand occupation in their region. The program also targets underprepared adults who may have graduated from high school three or more years prior to enrollment in the program but who test into basic skills levels (below 8.9 grade level).
Integrated or Concurrent Enrollment Program Design: Under the programs, adult education students take career/technical training courses concurrently with adult education support courses that support the content of the workforce course through a contextualized, relevant curriculum (e.g. Math for CNC machinists). The support classes are taught by adult basic education faculty, by developmental education faculty, or by the certificate instructor AND an ABE or DE faculty member. At the completion of a program, successful students earn both a GED and a work training certificate that is of value in their regional labor market and that leads to further credentials along a specified career path or program of study.
Accelerate TEXAS Mentor Colleges: THECB identified five Accelerate TX college districts with exemplar programs to act as mentors to other colleges in the in the state that are interested in designing and implementing an integrated program model at their college. These mentor college districts are: Alamo Colleges, Amarillo College, Houston Community College, Lone Star College, and South Texas College. The mentee colleges are Alamo: Laredo Community College, Victoria College, SW TX Jr. College, Coastal Bend College; Amarillo: Frank Phillips College and Clarendon College; Houston Community College: College of the Mainland, Alvin College, and Lee College; Lone Star College: Texarkana College and Blinn College; and South Texas College: Texas Southmost College
Colleges under the Accelerate TX Family: Colleges that have cycled off grant funds, but have built and are sustaining integrated basic education workforce training program at a single college in their district or at multiple colleges include: Austin Community College, Dallas County Community College District-El Centro College, El Paso Community College, Hill College, San Jacinto College-North, Tarrant County College-South, Texas State Technical College-Harlingen, Tyler Junior College, Wharton Co. Jr. College.