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This is the second post in a series discussing the work the Capital Area Economic Development District (CAEDD) has undertaken to examine workforce development training in the Capital Area. To read the first post, click here.
The 60x30TX Plan
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) adopted a 15-year strategic plan in 2015, called "The 60x30TX Higher Education Plan." The overarching goal in the plan is that by 2030, at least 60 percent of Texans aged 25-34 will have a certificate or degree. Applying that goal to the Capital Area specifically, here's how the numbers stack up as of 2015.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, JobsEQ, and CAPCOG Estimates
Looking at that data, a number of salient points jump out, specifically:
Workforce Development Training and Demographics
Seeing the figures for population and educational attainment across the region got us (the CAEDD) thinking again about the geographical distribution of workforce development training providers across the region. So we mapped them again. Only this time, we included additional data layers for comparison, including population density, job density, educational attainment, and activity centers from the CAMPO 2040 plan. That interactive map is embedded below. Click on the options in the dark grey bar across the top to change viewing options (e.g., change visible layers, turn the legend on/off, etc.). For a larger map, click here.
Some Takeaways from the Mapping
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