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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
This study provides a demographic overview of veterans for both the U.S. and Texas. A demographic description of the U.S. veteran population is first presented to provide context for the analysis of Texas veterans. The Texas veteran population is then detailed with a focus on disabilities and the characteristics of veteran labor force participants. The veteran population is a valuable resource for Texas employers and the Texas economy. (June 2019) Summary of Veterans in Texas
This report details the demographic characteristics of the population of individuals with disabilities for both the U.S. and Texas. Individuals with disabilities experience numerous challenges associated with participation in the labor force. The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is higher than for individuals without disabilities. Individuals with disabilities strengthen the Texas labor market and are a valuable resource for Texas employers. (March 2019) Summary of People with Disabilities
This report is the third annual evaluation report for The Texas Workforce System Strategic Plan FY 2016–FY 2023. The focal point is a balanced scorecard that presents outcome and 15-year trend data for system performance. Through the delivery of multiple workforce education and training programs, state and local system partners served nearly 4.5 million individuals in the last reporting year. Of those participating in workforce system programs and services, over 556,000 individuals completed a degree, certificate, or other measure of educational achievement. Over 1.5 million Texans who participated in a workforce program found a job, stayed in a job, and/or enrolled in further education or training. (December 2018) Summary of Evaluation 2018
This report is an update to Identifying the Current and Future Population in Need of Adult Education published in March 2010. Between April 2018 and September 2018, the Council worked with the Office of the State Demographer to conduct analyses of the current population in need of adult education services, a detailed estimate of the future need for services based on growth projections for the Texas population, and the geographic dispersion of need in Texas by local workforce development areas. (December 2018)Summary of Understanding the Need for Adult Education
This report presents the results of the Council’s first system initiative to identify third-party, industry-based certifications that are of value to Texas employers and that can positively affect employment outcomes in middle-skill STEM occupations. The list of certifications contained in this report can be used as a resource to help workforce system partners achieve objectives related to increasing certification outcomes for education and training participants. (November 2018)
Recent Council Actions
- September 2019 – The Council took two actions. The first action was to approve the Council work plan for fiscal year 2020. The work plan organizes the activities of the Council and its staff for the 12-month period from September 1 through August 31 and is based on the responsibilities assigned to the Council by Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Chapter 2308 of Texas Government Code. The second action was to recognize eight skill standards for occupations in advanced manufacturing, energy, and healthcare for inclusion in the Texas skill standards system. This action falls under the Council’s charge by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.109, to develop and maintain a statewide system of industry-defined and industry-recognized skill standards for major skilled occupations that provide strong employment and earnings opportunities and require less than a baccalaureate degree.
- June 2019 – As required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Texas statute, the Council considered plan modifications for program years 2017-2020 for Texas’ 28 local workforce development boards. The board plans must demonstrate alignment with the goals and objectives of The Texas Workforce System Strategic Plan FY 2016-FY 2023. The Council endorsed and recommended the plan modifications to the Governor for his approval.
- March 2019 – As required by Texas Government Code, Section 2308.101(12), the Council approved the fiscal year 2020 funding formula recommendations for apprenticeship programs funded under Chapter 133 of the Texas Education Code. The recommendations were forwarded to the Texas Workforce Commission for implementation.
- December 2018 – The Council took action to approve Evaluation 2018: 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 2018 report is the third evaluation report under the strategic plan for fiscal years 2016–2023.