ERIC Number: ED355992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Technical Education and Training in Texas.
Wattenbarger, James L.
Drawing from an analysis of more than 50 documents related to the need for technical education and training in Texas, and from interviews with 29 individuals knowledgeable about the state's technical education and training, this report assesses the current statewide capacity to to adequately train the workforce that is the expected requirement for Texas by the year 2000. From this analysis, several key trends and issues are identified, including an occupational shift toward a large number of low-wage, low-skill, low-knowledge requirement jobs, and a growing number of high-skilled, high-tech jobs; demographic trends indicating an "aging," and increasingly ethnically diverse workforce; differing population trends for urban and rural areas, complicating regional planning considerations; the importance of funding and resource allocation with respect to quality work force planning efforts and tech-prep programs; and the leadership role and responsibilities of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in meeting educational needs. Based on these trends, the following recommendations are presented: (1) the public community and technical colleges must constitute the primary delivery system for technical and adult training and retraining; (2) statutory changes, interagency agreements, and rule changes should be made to enable the THECB and the community colleges to assume this responsibility; (3) state leadership should facilitate the annexation of counties into community college service areas; (4) the THECB should work to develop an automated student follow-up system that links high schools and post-secondary institutions; and (5) the THECB should provide funding incentives to the Texas State Technical College System to carry out its mission of providing programs in advanced and emerging high-skill occupations. Includes references and population and enrollment data. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Planning, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, Labor Force Development, Program Development, Program Implementation, Role of Education, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas