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Tri-Agency Workforce Goals and Strategies

As directed by HB 3767, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative, a collaboration among the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Texas Workforce Commission, presents the final state workforce development goals and strategies

The proposed strategies support the three statewide priorities listed below and identified in the 2020 Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative report, Linking Education and Workforce: Spurring Economic Growth Across Texas.

You may view the goals and strategies here: Tri-Agency State Workforce Goals and Strategies PDF.

The Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative appreciates the public comments received. The final goals and strategies are also posted at https://triagency.texas.gov/.

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About the Initiative

Governor Greg Abbott established the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative in March 2016. Through the Initiative, the Commissioners of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) work together to help Texas grow in economic prosperity.

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Tri-Agency Priorities

Pathways

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

Support

Ensure students receive the supports necessary to succeed at all stages of their educations and in their transitions to the workforce.

Infrastructure

Create a robust infrastructure for interagency collaboration around common goals, data, and processes to ensure improved student outcomes and meet employers’ needs.

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Tri-Agency Reports and Publications

The Tri-Agency Strategic Framework for Work-Based Learning  

House Bill (HB) 1247, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session (2021), requires Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to jointly develop a strategic framework to encourage work-based learning (WBL) in Texas and to submit the report to the Legislature on that framework. 

December 2022 Tri-Agency Strategic Framework for Work-Based Learning ReportPDF

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The History of the Tri-Agency Initiative

Governor Greg Abbott established the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative in March 2016, when he tasked the Commissioners of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to work together on five initial charges centered on developing strong links between education and industry, with the goal of helping Texas grow in economic prosperity.

In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed transformative school finance legislation, House Bill 3, that calls for sweeping reforms in education and will shape the future of the Texas workforce. To fully implement the vision of House Bill 3, Governor Abbott has charged the three agencies with streamlining implementation of the legislation and identifying solutions for long-term workforce needs across the state.

In 2021, the 87th Texas Legislature (Regular) passed House Bill 3767, which identified measures to support the alignment of education and workforce development with state workforce needs and established the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative.

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Tri-Agency Timeline

July 2015

March 2016

March – June 2016

November 2016

June 2019

February 2020

February 2020

April – June 2020

November 2020

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