Higher Education

In the United States, 65% of future jobs will require higher education, but only 39% of Texans have earned a college degree or workforce credential. The gap between market demand and education completion must narrow if Texas is to remain a leader in business and industry. For this reason and many more, higher education is a key impact area for Educate Texas.
We proudly support strategies that prepare students to succeed in today’s workforce — whether by earning a two-year or four-year degree or a technical certificate. Educate Texas works with state agencies, school districts, high-performing charter schools, and higher education institutions to design and launch high-impact programs that reduce barriers to success after high school. We also work with stakeholders from a variety of industries to educate policymakers and inform public policy affecting higher education in Texas.


The Texas College Access Network (TxCAN) connects and supports college access initiatives across Texas, with the goal of increasing access to college and certificate programs. We believe aligning efforts across the state will help college access providers achieve a greater impact than any one provider could alone. 
The Texas Student Success Council is a group of diverse education leaders committed to shaping the state policy dialogue around increasing higher education attainment and preparing students to compete in the 21st century economy.

Workforce and Education Community College Apprenticeship Network in Texas (WE CAN TX) is a statewide peer-learning network that empowers regional partnerships to build education-to-workforce pathways. Educate Texas will lead community colleges and workforce organizations in developing and scaling innovative, modern work-based learning experiences and academic structures (e.g. internships, youth apprenticeships, teacher and faculty externships) that address employer needs in high-wage and high-demand careers.