SPECIAL Initiatives
Texas Workforce Commission Adult Education and Literacy

Special Initiatives are sharply focused initiatives that expedite research and development to address Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) priorities. These projects are explicitly intended to support research, related resource and curriculum development, expand educational technology and support for teachers, accelerate and enhance the integration of services with other education and workforce agencies and organizations, including Local Workforce Development Boards.


Accelerate Texas and Ability to Benefit (ATB) Grants:
A critical objective of models that provide concurrent enrollment in Workforce Training and AEL services is accelerating participant completion and placement into in-demand and targeted occupations. To accelerate progress, IET models such as Accelerate Texas, admit individuals who would otherwise fall below admission requirements, into rigorous Workforce Training provided concurrently with intensive and contextualized AEL and Workforce Preparation Activities.

Since 2016, TWC AEL has funded the following Grantees to deliver Integrated Education and Training services to participants across the state. Grantees include:

2016-2017
Alamo Community College District
Houston Government Area Council (HGAC)
Literacy Council of Tyler
Lone Star College
North Central Texas College
South Texas College
Trinity Valley College
ATB: Austin Community College and South Texas College
2017-2018
Austin Community College
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas
Laredo Community College
Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
Region 20 Education Service Center
Victoria College
2018-2019
Alamo Colleges
Amarillo College
Brazosport College
Chinese Community Center
Community Action Inc.
Del Mar College
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas
Laredo College
Lee College- Huntsville
Literacy Council of Tyler
Houston Community College
Restore Education
South Texas College
Victoria College
ATB: Austin Community College, Del Mar College, South Texas College

Accelerate Texas 5 (info coming soon)

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Texas Peer Mentor Network: 2017-Present [link]

The Texas Peer Mentor Network was funded in 2017 as a professional development project to support targeted development, enhancement and expansion of services for AEL and system integration. The project goals include the development of replicable administrative and instructional resources that assist in activities to support integration of services across systems and enhance delivery of career pathway programs across the AEL provider network.


Career Pathways Expansion

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Distance Learning Capacity Building Initiative

Purpose: To build capacity and expand or improve the performance of AEL distance learning initiatives throughout Texas.
Deliverables: Two mentor providers will mentor eight mentee sites to develop, implement, expand, and/or enhance distance learning services within their respective programs.
Grantee(s): (1) College of the Mainland will be mentoring Houston Community College System, San Jacinto College, Lone Star College, and Alamo Colleges, and (2) Northside Independent School District (NISD) is mentoring Region 20 Education Service Center (ESC), San Antonio ISD, Southwest Texas Junior College, and Each One Teach One
Investment: $650,000 for approximately 10 months


Distance Learning Mentor Initiative (info coming soon)

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LEA (Leadership Excellence Academy) (info coming soon)

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$240,000


Professional Development Support for Nonprofit Adult Education and Literacy Organizations

Purpose: To provide professional development to tutors, instructors, program administrative staff, and trainers of nonprofit AEL organizations in Texas.
Deliverables: Based on a needs survey and input from the Literacy Texas Steering Committee, Grantee will develop a professional development program to support collaborating literacy organizations in the following areas: Greater Houston, Dallas Metroplex, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Upper Rio Grande Valley, East Texas, West Texas, Capital Metropolitan Area, and the Alamo Area.
Grantee(s): Literacy Texas
Investment: $300,000 for approximately 12 months


Standards 2.0 (info coming soon)

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TELL-TX (info coming soon)

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Grab and Go Video Production Project

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Investment: $500,000 for approximately 12 months


Math Assistance Call Center

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Investment: $500,000 Coming Soon


Workforce Integration Initiative

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Investment: $2,000,000