Texas Reskilling and Upskilling for Education (TRUE) Institutional Capacity Grants aimed to accelerate the number of high value credential opportunities offered to students that was urgently needed for economic recovery due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a future competitive workforce in Texas. This program closed on September 30, 2022.
This capacity building grant program reflected THECB’s response to the goals of SB 1102 established by the 87th Texas Legislature. The Texas Legislature required implementation upon legislative appropriation which did not occur until late 2021. Funding from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund was allocated to launch TRUE Institutional Capacity Grants in fall 2021.
Grants were competitively provided to lower division public institutions of higher education or consortia of these institutions that proposed a plan or the undertaking of the creation, expansion, or redesign of a postsecondary workforce credential program or programs in a growing occupational field. The credential programs proposed were shorter than six months in duration, industry-aligned and developed with the participation of key stakeholders such as other postsecondary lower-division institutions and workforce actors such as workforce and economic development boards or associations, industry representatives or employers.