Workforce and Education Community College Apprenticeship Network in Texas (WE CAN TX)

WE CAN TX is a statewide peer-learning network convened and supported by Educate Texas that empowers regional partnerships to build education-to-workforce pathways. Led by community colleges and workforce organizations, partners will develop and scale 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.

WE CAN TX aims to increase the number of students who earn postsecondary credentials and are working in high-demand industries that pay a livable wage, with a vision of ensuring equitable outcomes for first-generation, low-income students of color across Texas and meeting the talent and workforce demands of businesses. 


  1. Enhance Regional Capacity and Align to Employer Needs
  2. Innovate for Equity
  3. Scale and Sustain

How WE CAN TX Works 

WE CAN TX launched in March 2021 with a cohort of 11 regional partnerships that will receive technical assistance and engage in peer learning. Educate Texas will meet regions where they are and provide technical assistance and resources designed to realign and scale up work-based learning programs, including but not limited to:
  1. Regional Assessments and Opportunity Gap Analysis
  2. Data Landscape Analysis
  3. Adult and Youth Apprenticeships
  4. Work-based Courses (WBCs)
  5. Tools to Support Virtual Learning & Work


WE CAN TX Network Members by Region

Region Partnership Lead(s)
Central Texas 1. Workforce Solutions Capital Area and Austin Community College
North Texas 2. Dallas College
3. North Central Texas College
4. Tarrant County College
East Texas 5. Tyler Junior College
Gulf Coast 6. Lee College
7. San Jacinto College
Panhandle 8. Amarillo College
West Texas 9. Workforce Solutions West Central Texas
South Texas 10. Alamo Colleges District and SA Works
11. South Texas College and RGV FOCUS