Regional Collaboration

Educate Texas recognizes that cross-sector collaboration within communities is key to the creation and support of an aligned pipeline between K-12, higher education and the workforce to support students’ success in school, in their careers and in life. And in a state that is growing more populous and increasingly diverse, regional collaboration is an important way to ensure that growing, changing schools in our target areas of Central Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, the Gulf Coast and the Rio Grande Valley remain relevant and competitive.

To support these efforts, Educate Texas is working with communities across the state to establish and implement strategic and measurable community-specific action plans and to ensure resources are directed toward development of innovative programs or scaling evidence-based practices that lead to better outcomes in K-12 education, college and career.

Programs

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.

After a long standing relationship with districts and higher education partners in El Paso, Educate Texas engaged a cross-sector of leaders in education, business, non-profit and philanthropy in an effort to accelerate and align promising practices in the community. The initiation of the Collective Impact work was catalyzed by the 60x30TX higher education strategic plan - to ensure that by 2030, at least 60 percent of young adults ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree. The Collective Impact work aims to ensure a high quality education and quality of life are a reality for all current and future El Paso students.

As one of the state’s major economic regions, Midland relies on a population of skilled, credentialed workers and strong educational institutions to remain competitive. Educate Texas brought together leaders in education, non-profit, business and philanthropy to leverage the strengths of cross-sector stakeholders to explore and refine strategies to achieve common goals in the cradle-to-career pipeline. Additionally, Educate Texas supported the establishment of the backbone organization to sustain the Midland collective impact initiative, Educate Midland.

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.

In the Rio Grande Valley counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, Pharr and Willacy, 90 percent of students are Hispanic, and 86 percent are economically disadvantaged — two often-overlapping populations that are underrepresented in higher education. RGV FOCUS is a Collective Impact collaboration with Educate Texas to improve college readiness, access and success across the Rio Grande Valley.

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.