Prompted by the challenges and impacts of COVID-19, efforts are currently underway to re-examine and refine the 60x30TX goals to effectively meet the needs of the state’s workforce, its economy, and individual Texans. The proposed framework for this project would reorganize the existing goals and potentially add new goals within three overarching, future-facing priorities: to advance economic resiliency by building a talent-strong Texas, to ensure opportunities for economic mobility for every Texan, and to harness innovation to create a more vibrant future for Texas and its residents. An extensive stakeholder engagement plan will be utilized, drawing from educational institutions and incorporating critical voices from students, employers, and other groups across the state.
College and Career Advising
College Credit for Heroes
The College Credit for Heroes (CCH) program enables veterans to earn college credit for their military experience, education, and training. Institutions of higher education participating in the program—known as CCH Partner Schools—complete local evaluations of veterans’ Joint Service Transcripts and award credit toward postsecondary credentials. Awarding this credit recognizes veterans for their military service as they transition to new career pathways.
Data Infrastructure Modernization
Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools
A child care/pre-K partnership is a collaboration between a public school pre-K program and one or more quality-rated child care providers to provide high-quality care and education to three- and four-year-old children. This collaboration is sometimes referred to as an “early learning partnership.” Formal partnerships exist when eligible three- and four-year-old children are dually enrolled in in subsidized child care with a Texas Rising Star three- or four-star facility and public school pre-K. The partnerships allow for eligible students to receive wraparound care to better support the needs of working parents. For dually enrolled children, TWC pays for wraparound child care that occurs before and after pre-K instruction. Both TWC and TEA make funding available to promote the development of partnerships between child care providers and school districts.
Registered Apprenticeship Programs
Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) are registered with the U.S. Department of Labor and combine paid on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. RAPs enable apprentices to gain valuable knowledge and skills in a variety of occupations while working under the guidance of journey workers. While learning, apprentices embark on promising career pathways and earn valuable industry-based certifications. RAPs are present in hundreds of occupations in both traditional and emerging industries. Some programs, in coordination with community colleges, recognize the value of the apprenticeship training model and have launched initiatives in which apprentices earn postsecondary credentials.