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Help wanted: Responding to calls for a skilled workforce

From investments in community college funding to expanding apprenticeship programs, here are four bipartisan bills solidifying the 88th Legislature as the Workforce Session.

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By Texas 2036

Texas 2036 is a nonprofit organization building long-term, data-driven strategies to secure Texas’ prosperity through our state’s bicentennial and beyond.

Community colleges

“This bill would transform the system by investing $650 million for the 2024-2025 biennium primarily based on improvements in student outcomes and better alignment of college programs with state and regional workforce needs.”

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Workforce programs

“This optimization would ensure that participants successfully obtain jobs with better wages — and help improve programs producing worse employment and wage outcomes for Texans after exiting the program.”

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“Apprenticeships offer students a model of learning that incorporates workplace experience and skills-intensive instruction. To bring more apprenticeship programs to Texans, this annual report would include the total number of active Texas apprenticeship programs and apprentices categorized by industry, as well as demand for apprenticeable occupations for each Texas industry.”

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Virtual learning

“Virtual learning holds promise as a way to provide access where advanced course offerings are historically limited, especially in rural communities, and to play a major role in driving the completion of postsecondary credentials.”