Leading Talent Strong Texas Pathways
April 12-14, 2023 | Dallas, TX
In every community college across our state, the Texas Pathways strategy is being implemented and scaled to increase the number of students who reach their end goal of a good career with living wages. Over the past five years, this statewide reform effort and associated Pathways Institutes have been dedicated to the social and economic mobility of Texans, especially those Texans for whom the educational system has least supported well—Black and Latinx students, and students from low-income backgrounds.
The Texas Success Center is pleased to launch the next phase of our joint Texas Pathways work with an updated five-year strategic plan and refined Talent Strong Texas Pathways strategy. Talent Strong Texas Pathways builds on the past successes of Texas Pathways and TRUE Pathways work, and re-affirms and codifies the Texas community colleges’ shared commitment to building educational pathways designed to eliminate widespread poverty, unemployment, and their heavy impact on Texans and the Texas economy. The foundational values and practices of our pathways work continue, while this institute launches our collective commitment to the new iteration of our strategy. Our shared goal of the Talent Strong Texas Pathways effort is scaling statewide accessible and inclusive talent pathways clearly directing students through intentionally designed programs beginning with short-term credentials and early workplace learning, leading toward meaningful employment, further workforce and transfer education attainment, and career advancement.
The Talent Strong Texas Pathways strategy provides support for community college leaders’ efforts in implementing and scaling essential pathways practices for improving the inclusive flow of talented workers to good careers by:
- supporting students reaching their end goal of good careers by scaling clear talent pathways in key programs at every community college;
- actively engaging education and workforce partnerships building labor market-responsive short-term credentials aligned within longer-term workforce and transfer program talent pathways to high-demand, high-wage, and valued careers; and
- expanding comprehensive student supports, including basic need supports and a caring college culture that both nurtures students’ sense of belonging and aids all students’ academic achievement.
The Texas Success Center designed this institute to both honor and support senior leaders guiding this large-scale institutional reform strategy. Leaders participating in this event will consider their role and responsibility for accelerating progress toward these three objectives.