Career & College Education Reform Implementation

To help high school students effectively transition to careers and/or college, state education leaders, industry, the Texas Workforce Commission, community colleges, universities and regional school service centers must better coordinate the implementation of work skills curriculum and programs related to career and technical education. This effort should be formalized and made a permanent aspect of HB 5 implementation. More career counselor training is needed to provide better guidance to students who need help reviewing options for successful careers and/or college majors. Dual credit programs should be revamped to expose high school students to college/CTE training campuses. Regional facilities, like career and technology training centers and equipment, must be shared and efficiently utilized. Technology can also provide “virtual counseling” to students with limitless information about career options and the skills and education they need to land a job in their area of interest.