Community College Workforce Impact – Texas Border Business


The Coalition applauded the recommendations and emphasized that in just eight years 62% of all Texas jobs would require a postsecondary credential. Image for illustration purposes
The Coalition applauded the recommendations and emphasized that in just eight years 62% of all Texas jobs would require a postsecondary credential. Image for illustration purposes
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Texas Border Business

The  Aim Hire Texas Policy Coalition, a network of over 40 business leaders and education advocates spanning the state, including the RGV Partnership, praised a draft report by the Texas Commission on Community College Finance (TCCCF) on how best to reform the community college finance system to address workforce shortages, which have left a million job openings across Texas. Please find the news release attached. 

As you know, the TCCCF has been meeting since November 2021 to develop recommendations for consideration by the 88th Texas Legislature regarding the state funding formula and funding levels for community colleges in Texas. Last week, they released their draft report that closely aligned with recommendations the Aim Hire Texas Policy Coalition presented to the TCCCF in July. And today, the TCCCF heard public comment on those recommendations – including comment from the Aim Hire Texas Policy Coalition. 

The Coalition applauded the recommendations and emphasized that in just eight years 62% of all Texas jobs would require a postsecondary credential. Currently, only 48% of Texans have earned a postsecondary credential of any kind. 

As Texas leads in job creation and corporate relocations, these recommendations will allow community colleges to significantly impact workforce readiness and the state economy.

In the RGV, the architecture, engineering and construction sector is valued at $13B and projected to add hundreds of jobs in the next four years at an average salary of over $45,000, according to the RGV Partnership.



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