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Meeting the Challenges of Education and Workforce in Texas

I recently attended the West Texas Legislative Summit in San Angelo. The topic of this years annual event was "Meeting the Challenges of Education and Workforce in Texas". Dr. Raymund Paredes, Commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board made a presentation on the 60x30TX. 60x30TX is designed to have at least 60% of Texans ages 25-34 having a postsecondary credential or degree by 2030. Texas currently sets at 38% in the targeted age group. Commissioner Mike Morath, Texas Education Agency, was a speaker at the event and on a panel discussion at the WTXEC E3 Summit in Abilene.

Here are a few things I thought were interesting:

1) Texas send 55% of it's HS graduates to college

2) By 2050, hispanic workers will out number anglo workers 3 to 1

3) Access without preparation is not opportunity

4) Rigor must be maintained

5) How do you connect passion with academic alignment?

6) Base on a study using San Angelo State students; students entering college w/ Dual Credit have a 23% higher retention rates than those that don't and a graduation rate of 18% higher than those that don't.

7) School funding has been and still is a hot topic of discussion

8) Dual Credit in public schools has increased by 650% since 2000

9) Technical DC courses are on the rise

10) More economically disadvantaged students are taking DC

11) Outcomes show benefits of DC; raise questions about transition to first year in college after high school

12) Career exposure benefits students in making their career decisions Educating our student and future workforce is not a responsibility assigned to only our ISD's. We in the Business and Industry sectors must be a part of the process.

Here is a link to the 60x30TX program

Future of Higher Education

Millennial's in the workplace: As you will see on the links below, our workforce make up is changing drastically over the next 10 to 15 years. As you look at the charts in the link, you will find in 2015 Boomers are already outnumbered by the Millennials and Gen X. By 2030, it is expected that the Gen Z & Millennials will out number Gen X & Boomers combined at almost a 2-1 rate.

Workforce 2015

Workforce 2025

Workforce 2030

Here is a link to Tackling the Challenges of the Multigenerational Workforce

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6609-multigenerational-workforce-challenges.html

If you have a good article or a link on tackling the challenges of a Generational Workforce, send it to me and I will pass it along. Somehow we must do a better job of workforce balance. As much as us Boomers want it to be, it can't be "our way or the highway!"