ERIC Number: ED369928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Texas Skills Development Program. Report to the Governor.
Texas State Dept. of Commerce, Austin.
The Texas Skills Development Program (TSDP) is a key long-term strategy of the Smart Jobs initiative that will assist Texas business, industry, and labor in conveying job skill requirements to the public education and training system. Employers feel that job applicants do not have the basic reading, writing, and computation skills they need. TSDP offers a strategy to teach and train to the skill standards set by business and industry. Research has focused on defining the standards: explicit skills for duties and tasks within specific occupations. The research shows concern about the following core competencies: basic academic content and workplace skills; need for technical skills; need for an industry-driven curriculum; need for industry-recognized credentials; and a sense of urgency. Recommendations are as follows: adopt principles of the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) and set standards for core skills, including foundation and workplace skills; implement a statewide system of incentives for the public schools to engage in curriculum development and professional development; market the issue of skill standards and certifications; build consensus and partnerships; build a structure and system to distribute industry-validated standards and curricula; and institute a system of industry recognized certifications. (Appendixes include a figure depicting career path skills leading to Smart Jobs and a list of nine additional publications on TSDP.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Development, Curriculum Development, Educational Certificates, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Skill Development, State Programs, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Student Certification, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Dept. of Commerce, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas