Tri-Agency Workforce Goals and Strategies

In accordance with HB 3767, 87th(R) Texas Legislature, the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative, a collaboration among the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Texas Workforce Commission, presents state workforce development strategies for public review and comment.  

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 download a document containing the goals and proposed strategies here: Tri-Agency State Workforce Goals and Strategies PDF. You may go directly to the public comment form: Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative Statewide Workforce Development Strategies Public Comment Form.  The public comment period will be open for 30 days beginning April 30, 2022 and closing on May 30, 2022.

 

If you have any questions, or if you would like to provide a written response, please email triagency.feedback@twc.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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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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