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Texas Higher Education – Partnerships & Supports

With Chairman Chris Turner and Tarrant County College

January 22, 2021
Chairman Chris Turner, chair of the Texas House Committee on Higher Education, visited Tarrant County College, Southeast Campus to hear from higher education practitioners, students and partners.

Watch the highlights of this visit, including an overview of policy recommendations that would support Texas students and their pursuits to complete credentials and enter the workforce.

Key Takeaways:
  1. In the short-term, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will require displaced workers to retool and learn new skills. And in the long-term, technological advances and economic changes will continue to shift the technical skill sets required by employers.
  2. A majority of in-demand jobs require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. Employers in Texas, even before the pandemic, had difficulty finding qualified candidates with the right skill sets to fill open positions.
  3. Community colleges such as TCC are poised to provide the training and education necessary to re-skill and up-skill workers – making it easier for regional employers to fill open positions.
    • For example, TCC’s cybersecurity program is structured to provide both traditional and non-traditional students with a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience.
View more information about support for adult learners and the key takeaways from this conversation. 

Educate Texas, Philanthropy Advocates and The Hunt Institute informed the content and direction of this conversation.

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