Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 13, 2013

Rep. Clardy hails signing of ‘WIN’ bill

Rep. Travis Clardy
Jacksonville Daily Progress

AUSTIN — Monday Texas Governor Rick Perry signed HB 3662 by Rep. Travis Clardy into law which authorizes the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Texas Education Association (TEA) to create pilot programs around workforce-focused innovations, starting with  the integration of high-quality Career, Technical Education (CTE) into dual credit pathways.

 "This is a great victory for our Texas children and the future workforce of our state," said Representative Clardy. "I applaud Governor Perry for signing the WIN bill into law and appreciate his passion and leadership for improving the Texas workforce. "

 Competency-based learning allows students to progress through an educational program based on mastery of content instead of time spent in class. This area of work is so new and innovative, however, that the policy implications are largely unknown, particularly for public institutions.  

"There is great interest right now in expanding opportunities for students to attain workforce certificates and degrees," said Representative Clardy.  "If this can be accomplished while students are still in high school through rigorous collaborations between school districts and community and technical colleges, it will more efficiently equip students to prepare for careers and enter the workforce, which benefits both the students and employers."

HB 3662  would create opportunities for districts and colleges to partner in creating CTE focused pathways that accelerate completion of workforce credentials that meet workforce needs.

“As an organization committed to ensuring all students are prepared for success after high school, we are excited to see the passage of this legislation,” said John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Educate Texas.  “Providing opportunities for increased alignment between secondary and postsecondary education is critical to ensuring our students are well prepared for the global economy, and we applaud Rep. Clardy for his tremendous work to make this a reality.”

Rep. Clardy recently completed his first term as the State Representative for House District 11, which includes Cherokee, Nacogdoches, and Rusk Counties. Clardy is a member of the Higher Education, Local & Consent Calendars, and Special Purpose Districts Committees.