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The Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Advisory Committee helps the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) with several important tasks:

  • They work on creating policies and priorities that support building an educated and skilled workforce.
  • They develop guidelines and standards for the AEL services statewide, making sure there's a good balance between general education and workplace skills development.
  • They create a plan to help students transition smoothly into postsecondary education and career training programs.
  • They set up a system to collect and track data on how well adult education and literacy programs are performing.
  • They explore potential partnerships with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and other entities to improve literacy programs across the state. 

The AEL Advisory Committee can have up to nine members, and they should include at least one representative from a business and one from a local Workforce Solutions office. The members serve for two years, but their terms are staggered. 

Meeting Schedule, Agenda & Minutes

The meetings will be online using Zoom at 1:30 p.m. CST, unless there's a different time posted.

The AEL Advisory Committee meets at least four times a year, and sometimes more if necessary. We will post the meeting plans and approved notes as soon as they are ready. You can find all the linked documents in pdf format or video format for easy access.

March 13, 2024June 19, 2024September 18, 2024December 11, 2024
AEL Advisory Committee Meeting https://zoom.us/j/94591238552AEL Advisory Committee Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93856474224AEL Advisory Committee Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96772694978AEL Advisory Committee Meeting https://zoom.us/j/92584916099

March 15, 2023June 21, 2023September 27, 2023December 6, 2023

March 30, 2022June 22, 2022October 19, 2022December 7, 2022

June 24, 2020September 23, 2020December 9, 2020

March 27, 2019September 11, 2019
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Jauneen Maldonado Fort Worth Workforce Board Director, Adult Education, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County December 2025
Ernest Lewis Houston Nonprofit Senior Director, Economic Initiatives, Ripley Baker January 2026
Leslie Cantu San Antonio Business Assistant Vice President of Administration, Toyotetsu October 2024
Dr. Ben Stafford Port Arthur Community College/Higher Education Vice President, Workforce and Continuing Education, Lamar State College—Port Arthur May 2025
Cindy Fisher Austin State Broadband Office Broadband Senior Program Coordinator, Texas Broadband Office May 2025
Kristina Hartman Huntsville Corrections Education Superintendent, Windham School District May 2025
Karla Flanagan Waco Technical College Associate Vice Chancellor of Instructional Alignment and Innovation, TSTC January 2026
List of Advisory Committee members, their jobs, term, and who they represent
Committee Members