Report | April 8, 2022

Expanding Postsecondary Pathways to Strengthen Texas’ Workforce

Strengthening national security and Texas’ workforce with postsecondary learning that prioritizes quality credentials and affordability for all

Texas boasts the second-largest economy in the United States and, with an economic output of $1.7 trillion in 2017, was ranked as the tenth-largest economy in the world. As of December 2021, there were 14 million civilians in Texas’ workforce, and its economy is still growing. By 2028, Texas expects to create 1.7 million new jobs and faces a pressing need to equip individuals with the skills and credentials they will need to succeed in the workforce.

To ensure that students are ready for college, the military, or the workforce, Texas must invest in postsecondary pathways in our state.

Major General (Ret.) John F. Nichols, U.S. Air Force

A well-educated, well-credentialed workforce is vital to supporting Texas’ growing economy. Having access to postsecondary education and training can also help prepare Texas students for military service, if they so choose. Improving the postsecondary pathway in Texas will prepare students today with the skills and experiences they need to succeed in the workforce tomorrow.

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