State Sen. Creighton Advances Higher Education Priorities

“Higher education is the tip of the spear for short-term and long-term growth, and each of these bills will have generational impacts for the entire state.”

State Sen. Brandon Creighton

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas –
Senator Brandon Creighton, (R-Conroe) has advanced several priority bills for Texas Higher Education.  Creighton serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education.  
 
“For Texas to remain the most competitive state in the nation, the legislature must shepherd policies that create opportunity from entry-level to the executive team.  These 3 unique bills meet the moment for creating a pipeline from classroom to in-demand industries, incentivizing degree completion for first generation and at-risk students, and establishing a Texas CDC pandemic response institute with Texas’ best and brightest,” said Senator Creighton.

“Higher education is the tip of the spear for short-term and long-term growth, and each of these bills will have generational impacts for the entire state.”
 
The Texas Reskilling & Upskilling through Education Program (SB 1102): The TRUE program will award grants to Texas community colleges and technical colleges for creating, redesigning and expanding workforce training programs for high demand industries.

The pipeline that TRUE establishes is a collaboration between industry and education, opening doors for Texans to reskill, upskill or get the accreditation they need to thrive in a 21st century economy.  
 
Texas Epidemic Public Health Institute (SB 1780): As we emerge from the Covid Pandemic, the Texas Epidemic Public Health Institute (TEPHI) will prepare the state for future pandemics and public health disasters, in partnership with top public health responders, including Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Department of Emergency Management and local health departments.

Serving as Texas' CDC, TEPHI is an opportunity for Texas to have a coordinated, comprehensive plan between government, universities, health professionals and the private sector. 
 
Comprehensive Regional Universities (SB 1295): Regional universities often serve non-traditional students, first generation college students, and are a gateway to in-demand jobs in their region.

Senate Bill 1295 creates outcomes-based funding for regional universities, incentivizing degree completion for at-risk students to graduate and enter the workforce.
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