Career & Technical Education/Workforce Initiatives

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act grant funds are administered for the purpose of improving career and technical education in Texas. The Workforce Education division provides oversight of CTE associate degrees and certificate programs offered by Texas public community, state, and technical colleges.

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education

Provides an increased focus on the academic achievement of career and technical education students, strengthen the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improve state and local accountability.

Guidelines for Instructional Programs in Workforce Education (GIPWE)

Summary: The Guidelines for Instructional Programs in Workforce Education provides guidance for the design, development, operation, and evaluation of credit and non-credit workforce education programs.

Industry Certifications (HB 2729, 85th Legislature)

An inventory of industry-recognized credentials and certificates available to public high school students through a career and technical education program.

Programs of Study

Programs of Study work to align college and career readiness standards and career and technical education standards with the knowledge, skills, and abilities students are expected to demonstrate. Programs of study incorporate multiple entry and exit points which include industry-recognized certifications, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, and credit transfer agreements between community colleges.

Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM)

WECM provides community and technical colleges with web-based inventory of pre-approved courses developed in close partnership with Instructional Specialists representing a wide variety of technical fields.