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:
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.
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:
- Making education after high school more affordable for families and helping students enter the workforce more quickly with marketable skills;
- Promoting career and technical education (CTE) and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education pathways to prepare students for post-secondary options;
- Ongoing efforts on the part of our agencies to serve Texas families, including state and local web-based education and career awareness systems to better connect students, parents and educators to high-demand jobs here in Texas, and the education you’ll need to have a shot at those jobs; and
- Strengthening education and services for Texas veterans and better ensuring a seamless and accelerated transition from military service back into the Texas workforce.
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