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Recent Council Publications


The Texas Workforce System Strategic Plan FY 2016–FY 2023

Approved by Governor Abbott, the strategic plan for the Texas workforce system was developed by the Texas Workforce Investment Council and its system partners over a 12-month period from September 2014 to September 2015. Texas Government Code, Section 2308.104, charges the Council with developing a single strategic plan for the state’s workforce system. The plan is intended to guide system partners in implementing workforce programs, services, and initiatives designed to achieve the strategies, system objectives, and goals that are outlined in the plan. Summary of Strategic Plan  Infographic


Career Technical Education and Outcomes in Texas High Schools: A Monograph

The monograph was developed to support the Council’s work on career technical education (CTE) in Texas. It provides basic information about CTE, including relevant legislation and funding, a brief history of CTE, and the impact of CTE programs. Additionally, improved academic outcomes associated with CTE are highlighted using data for Texas high school students. (April 2018)    


Work-Based Learning in Career and Technical Education Programs in Texas

This report provides a foundation for understanding work-based learning in secondary and postsecondary education in Texas. Programs from the secondary and postsecondary sectors are profiled and presented as best practices to illustrate potential options for and benefits of work-based learning. Lessons learned from these practices may provide valuable information, not only for educational institutions, but also for other workforce system programs. (December 2017)  


Mature Workers in Texas: A Demographic Study

Mature WorkersThis report provides information about mature labor force participants in Texas, specifically those 55 years and older. The research can be utilized as a primer to understand the significant issues related to mature labor force participants and as a reference for data about this specific segment of the population. (June 2017) Summary of Mature Workers Study


Recent Council Actions

  • March 2018 – The Council took action on two items. The first action, as required by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.101(12), was to approve the fiscal year 2019 funding formula recommendations for apprenticeship programs funded under Chapter 133 of the Texas Education Code and forward the recommendations to the Texas Workforce Commission for adoption. The second action approved the 2017 skill standards for manufacturing production developed and endorsed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.
  • December 2017 – The Council took action to approve Evaluation 2017: Accomplishments and Outcomes of the Texas Workforce System. The Council is required by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.104, to prepare an annual report on the work of the Council and its system partners to implement the workforce system strategic plan. The 2017 report is the second evaluation report under the strategic plan for fiscal years 2016–2023.
  • September 2017 – The Council took action to approve its work plan for fiscal year 2018. The work plan organizes the activities of the Council and its staff for the 12-month period from September 1 through August 31. It is based on the duties and responsibilities assigned to the Council by Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Chapter 2308 of Texas Government Code.
  • June 2017 – The Council took action on two items. The Council endorsed modifications to the Texas Combined State Plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and plans for 28 local workforce development boards for fiscal years 2017–2020, as required by WIOA and other applicable statutes. Both the state plan and board plans were recommended to the Governor for his approval.