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About Texas OnCourse

Who Are We?

Texas OnCourse empowers you—pre-K through grade 12 students, parents, teachers, and counselors—to make decisions that will help you, your child or your students succeed after high school.  It is the result of three Texas government agencies pooling our resources, with the help of UT Austin, in one easy-to-navigate site.

In today’s world, professional success almost always means earning some kind of credential beyond a high school diploma, such as a certificate, an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, maybe even a master’s or a doctorate.

Depending on your career of choice, you may need several years of education or training after high school. Training may be on the job, in the classroom or some combination. Costs can vary widely, as can your pay options, so it is important to make informed decisions.

What’s right for you, your child or your student?

We are the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Our collaboration, powered by UT Austin, Texas OnCourse, is here to help you figure it out—at no cost to you.

Watch this short video for an overview of some Texas OnCourse offerings:

 

Our Approach

Texas OnCourse pools career and education resources in this single, organized, easy-to-navigate site. The tools made available here can be used individually as needed, like selecting apps from an app store. Or, they can be used in order by grade level.

Providing this one-stop portal will help students, parents and educators better see how students’ experiences in middle and high school could impact their college and career paths. Our free resources include:

For counselors, advisors and educators: Comprehensive online professional development and data tools, so you can better guide students and families through complicated issues, including financial aid, post-secondary pathways and career pathways.

For teachers, students and families: Educational tools, games and activities to plan for life in and after high school. These resources enable students to explore endorsements, careers, and the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to succeed.

We have organized leading college and career websites and tools from across the state into a resource library that students, families and educators can easily access.

Are you an administrator interested in using Texas OnCourse in your region, district or school? Contact us to chat.

Our Origin

In March 2016, Governor Greg Abbott established the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative and tasked the TEA, THECB and TWC to work together to better connect education and industry in Texas. The goal is to help Texas grow in economic prosperity, and it starts with you: the students, parents and educators of Texas.

From April to June 2016, Commissioners from these three agencies met with workforce and economic development representatives and leaders from local independent school districts, community colleges and universities across Texas. They got input from these representatives and leaders about:

UT Austin helped bring the tri-agency college and career resources together. Charged by the Texas Legislature to develop an academy for career and postsecondary counseling and education, UT Austin also developed original resources for educators, students and families, including the Texas OnCourse Academy and Middle Galaxy.

You can find out more about our Tri-Agency Initiative and what we’re doing to help Texas students get ready for college and career success.

The Partner Agencies

 

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The Texas Education Agency is the state agency that oversees primary and secondary public education in the state of Texas. It delivers public education services to more than 5 million students in approximately 1,200 school districts and charter schools.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system. Since being created by the Texas Legislature in 1965, the Board has worked to achieve excellence for the college education of Texas students.
The Texas Workforce Commission is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. TWC strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor’s economic development strategy. Texas boasts an incredibly skilled workforce ready to attract enterprise to the Lone Star State. By focusing on the needs of employers, TWC gives Texas the competitive edge necessary to draw business here.
The University of Texas at Austin, driven by a culture of excellence, combines scholarship, scale and the Texas spirit to create a powerful engine for advancing society. Like the state it calls home, UT Austin is a bold, ambitious leader. Ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country, UT Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty. Together they are working to change the world through groundbreaking research and cutting-edge teaching and learning techniques.