Support efficient and flexible pathways to earning degrees, certificates, and other credentials linked to high-wage, in-demand jobs. 

GOAL: 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 will have a degree, certificate, or other post-secondary credential of value by 2030, and 60 percent of Texans ages 35-64 will have a degree, certificate, or other post-secondary credential of value by 2030.

GOAL: To ensure that employers have the qualified workers needed, all Texans will have access to information, education, and training necessary to identify and pursue pathways to employment in high-demand occupations.

Strategy 1.1

Improve the ability of the agencies to effectively engage stakeholders and meet the talent needs of employers by:

  • Identifying and monitoring emerging workforce needs for high- and middle-skilled jobs in high-demand and/or high-growth industries;
  • Engaging employers and other stakeholders in the decision-making process for the design and implementation of efficient pathways;
  • Developing written processes to regularly gather and share employer input on current and emerging workforce needs across agencies;
  • Coordinating employer engagement activities across the agencies and the Texas Workforce Investment Council, including identifying necessary funding to formalize regular engagement; and
  • Empowering and supporting partnerships and alignment among regional education and workforce system stakeholders.

Strategy 1.2

In partnership with employers, define credentials of value for all education and training providers and provide guidance on the incorporation of credentials of value within education and training programs statewide.

Strategy 1.3

Define efficient pathways to employment in high-demand occupations, including providing guidance for local implementation of these pathways.

    Strategy 1.4

    Expand opportunities for work-based learning experiences by:

    • Creating a Tri-Agency framework to guide the development of high-quality work-based learning;
    • Developing toolkits and other supports for implementation; and
    • Building the capacity of education and workforce system stakeholders to develop effective and efficient systems for brokering connections among industry, education, and workforce partners.

    Strategy 1.5

    Increase capacity of education and training providers to offer reskilling and upskilling opportunities through public institutions of higher education and other educational settings.

      Strategy 1.6

      Incentivize local adoption of efficient pathways, including credentials of value and quality work-based learning, by:

      • Providing guidance and resources to support local adoption;
      • Leveraging existing structures to better connect regional education and workforce institutions and systems; and
      • Supporting the development of regional education-workforce partnerships and systems.

      Strategy 1.7

      Collaborate across agencies to develop shared monitoring processes to ensure fidelity of implementation of efficient pathways.