Accelerate TEXAS at THECB and TWC
Accelerate TEXAS (ATX) supported through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) aims to meet the growing demand for a highly-skilled workforce by addressing the educational needs of the large, under-skilled or under-employed population in the state. ATX programs are designed to integrate or contextualize basic reading, math, and writing skills with entry level workforce training programs. ATX programs consist of a coherent series of connected in demand workforce training programs, known as stackable credentials, which allow adults to advance over time to successively higher levels of education and employment. Between January 2011 and June 2016, over 6200 adults have been served across the state.
By co-enrolling learners in targeted, content relevant remediation in reading, writing, and/or mathematics linked to the goals and learning outcomes of the workforce training program, this integrated career pathway model accelerates completion of workforce training certificates (Level 1 Certificates). ATX programs target industries that are important to local and regional economies. By addressing local workforce training needs, ATXprograms work as effective supply chains for employers in need of skilled labor.
ATX is a key strategy to help the state move towards statewide goals under 60x30TX to ensure engagement and success of all Texas residents in postsecondary education programs.
Accelerate TEXAS (ATX) Common Definition
ATX is a program that includes the following, regardless of administrative origin (THECB or TWC):
- access for underprepared students to Workforce Training and Education programs;
- instructional model whereby basic skills support is integrated with the program of study, and is contextualized and aligned with linked or common learning objectives and specific, integrated support activities;
- outcomes include successful completions of recognized postsecondary credentials, with THECB's ATX grant program limiting funding to Level 1 certificates and higher;
- academic and workforce support services are provided by the Texas Workforce Solutions, system, sector partners, and other entities, both outside the institution or organizational grantee and/or within;
- collaboration with Workforce Boards and other partners regarding local/regional labor market, credentialing demands, and wage information.
All ATX grantees should consult their contracts and with grant administrators for specific details regarding funding allowances and restrictions.