Texas Regional Pathways Network

The Texas Regional Pathways Network (TRPN) was launched in 2019 to support Governor Abbott’s Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative, through which the Texas Education Agency, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Texas Workforce Commission are working collaboratively to increase economic prosperity in Texas by linking education and industry. 

With a vision that all Texans are prepared to contribute to an inclusive and competitive Texas economy, the TRPN aims to build regional talent pipelines that spur economic growth across the state and ensure that all Texans have the skills and credentials needed for economic advancement. 

The TRPN is a growing community of regions across the state (see table below) working to develop, refine, and scale high-quality career and education pathways.  Through the network, grantees can share knowledge and best practices, make strategic connections, and build intentional partnerships across regions in service of their goals. 

To learn more about this initiative, please visit the TRPN external webpage.

What are the Key Components of the TRPN?

The TRPN has seven key components: 

  1. Cross-sector partnerships;
  2. Alignment with high wage, in-demand labor market information (greater than $35,339 annual salary and greater than 17% annual growth for the state);
  3. Links between secondary and postsecondary education with multiple entry and exit points;
  4. Credentials and degrees with value in the labor market;
  5. Integration of rigorous academics and career-focused learning;
  6. Strong college and career advising and counseling supports; and
  7. Continuum of work-based learning experiences

What is the TRPN Grant Program?  

TRPN members are supported by the TRPN Grant Program. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) invests Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act federal reserve dollars to expand opportunities for every student to complete career and education pathways that lead to credentials with value in the labor market.  The TRPN Grant Program has been designed to build such pathways by supporting collaboration through cross-sector teams to implement high-quality career and education pathways at the regional level.  A regional team is led by an intermediary organization who is prepared to convene cross-sector stakeholders, plan and implement work-based learning systems, and provide technical assistance to their regional partners.

The next cohort of the TRPN Grant Program for the 2021-2022 school year is anticipated to be announced in Summer 2021.  Please continue to check this website for the most up-to-date grant information on the full membership of the TRPN.

Who makes up TRPN member regional teams?  

The TRPN Grantees must convene a regional team consisting of, at minimum, the following entities to be qualified for the grant:

  • An intermediary organization that will convene and support all stakeholders who are crucial to implementing the seven key components; 
  • A minimum of three LEAs in the region;
  • A minimum of one public institution of higher education; 
  • A minimum of one workforce development board; and
  • A minimum of two employer partners in industries aligned to regional labor market data and proposed programs of study.

The current Texas Regional Pathways Network regional teams (Cohort 1 and Cohort 2) include:  

Workforce Development Area

Intermediary

Independent School District(s)

Higher Education Partner(s)

Pathway(s) of Focus

Alamo

ESC Region 20

Devine ISD, Harlandale ISD, Northside ISD, San Antonio ISD, Southwest ISD

 

Alamo Colleges, UT San Antonio

Cybersecurity

Borderplex

ESC Region 19

Canutillo ISD, Clint ISD, El Paso ISD, Fabens ISD, San Elizario ISD, Socorro ISD, Tornillo ISD, Ysleta ISD

El Paso Community College, New Mexico State University, Texas Tech University, The University of Texas El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine- Texas University Health Sciences Center

Health Science, IT

Brazos Valley

ESC Region 6

Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, Snook ISD, Mumford ISD

Blinn College

Carpenters, Machinists, Welders

Cameron County

RGV LEAD

La Feria ISD, Santa Rosa ISD, Rio Hondo ISD

Texas State Technical College, Texas Southmost College

Construction, Renewable Energy, Health Science

Cameron County

RGV LEAD

Lasara ISD, San Isidro ISD, San Perlita ISD

Southern Industrial Careers Center

Welding

Capital Area

ESC Region 13

Hutto ISD, Granger ISD, Taylor ISD, Jarrell ISD

 

Texas State Technical College, Temple College

STEM & IT

 

Coastal Bend

The Rural Schools Innovation Zone

Freer ISD, Premont ISD, Brooks County ISD

Coastal Bend College, Del Mar College, Texas A&M

Education, Health Science, Welding, Construction, Engineering, STEM

Coastal Bend

Workforce Solutions of Coastal Bend

Jim Hogg County ISD, Benavides ISD, and San Diego ISD

Coastal Bend College

Emergency Services, Nursing Science

Dallas

ESC Region 10

Carrolton Farmers Branch ISD, Plano ISD, and Richardson ISD

 

Collin College, Dallas College

Cybersecurity, Electrical Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology

 

Dallas

ESC Region 10

A+ Academy Secondary, Inspired Vision Secondary School, Sunnyvale High School

 

Eastfield Community College

Education, Pharmacy Tech

East Texas

Mineola Economic Development Corporation

Alba-Golden ISD, Grand Saline ISD, Lindale ISD, Mineola ISD, Yantis ISD)

Tyler Junior College

Industrial Maintenance (HVAC, electrical, plumbing)

East Texas

Tyler Area Business Education Council

Chapel Hill ISD, Hawkins ISD, Tyler ISD, Whitehouse ISD, Winona ISD

Tyler Junior College, The University of Texas at Tyler

Manufacturing, Health Science

Gulf Coast

Region 4 ESC and East Harris County Empowerment Council

Sheldon ISD, Dayton ISD, Channelview ISD

San Jacinto College, Lee College

Plumbing and Pipefitting, Welding, Electrical, Security, Health Science

Lower Rio Grande

ESC Region 1

PSJA ISD, Lasara ISD, Roma ISD, La Joya ISD, Vanguard Academy Charter School, Harlingen CISD, Valley View ISD, Hidalgo ISD, South Texas ISD, Lyford CISD

UT- Rio Grande Valley, South Texas College

Health Sciences

North Central Texas

InterLink

Azle ISD, Birdville ISD, Cleburne ISD, Crowley ISD, Era ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Keller ISD, Mineral Wells ISD, Strawn ISD

Tarrant County College District

Aerial Robotics

Permian Basin

Educate Midland

Midland ISD, Greenwood ISD, Stanton ISD

 

Midland College

Public Services, Energy

Tarrant County

InterLink

Cedar Hill ISD, Dallas ISD, DeSoto ISD, Duncanville ISD, Forney ISD, Lancaster ISD
 

Dallas College,
Texas A&M – Commerce,
UT – Arlington

 

Electrical (under Architecture and Construction Program of Study)

West Central Texas

ESC Region 14, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas

Colorado ISD, Loraine ISD, Westbrook ISD

Texas State Technical College, Western Texas College

Health Care, Education, Manufacturing

 

Who are the TRPN partners?

Technical Assistance Partners

Tri-Agency

  • Texas Education Agency
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Texas Workforce Commission