Accelerate Texas: Braiding Funding to Support Students and

• Goal: To increase the participation and success of adult basic
education students in workforce training programs at community and
technical colleges
• Focus is on preparing unemployed or underemployed adults for
career path employment or post-secondary education in highdemand or target occupations or employer-driven regional needs.
• Programs offer entry-level skills training and Level 1 (credit or
continuing education) certificate training.
• Students with 6-8.9 grade skill levels
• No more than 25% with high school credential
• Continuing education (mostly) and credit
• Concurrent enrollment (mostly) or Team Teaching
instructional models
• Emerging state implementation team; THECB as
lead has provided professional development
support (with JFF)
• State general revenue dollars + a lot of other
• Students with 6th grade skill levels and above
• Some students may have high school credential
• Credit level programs with at least 12 credits for
first credential
• Team teaching with 25% instructional overlap
• Required state level implementation team and
supports (policy, professional development,
braided funding) + JFF and national partners
• Foundation collars + a lot of other funding
Common Elements Include:
• Partnerships with WIBs and employers
• Emphasis on High Demand Occupations
• Career Exploration and Navigation
• Stackable Credentials and Career Pathways
• Accelerated Learning (integration, contextualization, technology-enabled, etc.)
• Comprehensive Student Supports (internal and external)
• Engagement of college leadership and local Implementation Teams
• Data Driven Program Implementation
Accelerate Texas Colleges
Results of Accelerate Texas Programs
• Eight Colleges began enrolling students in integrated programs in
January 2011; Six colleges began programs in January 2012; Seven
colleges began programs in January 2013
• As of October 2013, among these 21 colleges, over 3,766 students
had enrolled in continuing education and credit programs, with
2269 having received workforce training certificates.
Accelerate Texas Mentor Colleges
Mentor Colleges are leading
colleges from 1st and 2nd grantee
cohorts who have achieved strong
program implementation results.
With support from JFF, and
through coaching and other
capacity building activities, they
are assisting new grantees, and
potential grantees in planning
stage, around integrated program
development and implementation
• Alamo Colleges
• Amarillo College
• Houston Community
• Lone Star College System
• South Texas College
State Level Partnership –THECB and TWC
• Creating a Shared Vision to Support Under-Prepared Adults
• Connecting Adult Education to Career Pathways
• Aligning Professional Development Opportunities
• Braiding Funding to Support Programs and Students
Some Innovative Braided Funding Strategies at Local
• South Texas College: Use of TPEG and Resources from Community Partners
• Alamo Colleges: Aligning Multiple Funding Sources in Comprehensive
• Amarillo College: Leveraging Federal Funding Through TAACCCT
• Houston Community College: Reduced Tuition for Accelerate Texas students
• Lone Star College: Leveraging Funding from Individual Colleges in Districts

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