Education Workforce Alignment

Education Workforce Partnerships are strategic efforts to improve educational and workforce outcomes. Educate Texas convenes and participates in these partnerships, working with multiple stakeholders in education and workforce collaborating to ensure that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and credentials to be successful in their careers. Education Workforce partnerships also provide a forum for identifying and meeting the needs of industry, engaging with experts and impacting policy and practice.


The Bridge to College and Career Success initiative was formed to create partnerships that respond to the growing need to support disconnected youth and young adults in the Gulf Coast region to re-engage in college and career paths. Educate Texas awarded planning grants to eight regional partnerships to prepare their programs and apply for additional grant funds to implement their plans in 2018 – 2019.
The Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) initiative offers an open-enrollment program that creates workforce pathways aligned with high-demand, high-wage fields throughout the state.
The Texas Pathways to Prosperity network is a partnership of agencies and organizations that seeks to ensure that more youth complete high school and attain college degrees or credentials for high-demand occupations throughout the state of Texas. The initiative focuses on creating coherent programs of activities from grades 9-14+ leading to post-secondary credentials or degrees by leveraging the existing structures, requirement, and resources of key partners.
With Texas facing a projected shortfall of 1 million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related workers by 2018, Educate Texas partnered with like-minded foundations and corporations to create the Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator program (STEM Accelerator). This program operates in five regions across the state to increase the number of students who will earn STEM credentials that align to high-demand local industry workforce needs within those regions.
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 weill 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.