ERIC Number: ED330392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Texas Quality Work Force Planning: Preparing Texas for the 21st Century through a Skilled and Educated Work Force.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.; Texas State Dept. of Commerce, Austin.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.
In 1989, in an effort to prepare the Texas economy for successful global competition, the Texas legislature mandated regional Quality Workforce Planning for vocational-technical education, calling on educators and employers to form training partnerships to strengthen the state's work force. In response to this legislation, 9 of Texas's 24 planning regions established Quality Work Force Planning Committees comprised of representatives from education, business, industry, and training institutes. Pilot projects have been initiated in each of these nine regions which have achieved outcomes including linkages between high schools, colleges, and technical institutes; agreements that allow high school students to receive concurrent high school and college course credit for technical course work; special courses in response to labor market demands; and initiation of adult literacy program coordination efforts. This report reviews the components and goals of the legislation and presents a four-step planning model for initiating regional pilot projects: (1) forming a partnership; (2) understanding committee responsibilities; (3) analyzing regional information; and (4) developing a service delivery plan. In addition the report highlights the successful outcomes of five pilot projects; reviews the project evaluations conducted by an independent agency; and describes ongoing work and efforts being planned. Appendixes provide a map of Quality Work Force planning regions and a copy of the relevant legislation. (JMC)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, College School Cooperation, Committees, Community Colleges, Educational Legislation, Futures (of Society), High Schools, Higher Education, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Models, Outcomes of Education, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, State Colleges, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.; Texas State Dept. of Commerce, Austin.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.