During a tumultuous year when the COVID-19 pandemic drove significant job loss and uncertainty in regional job markets across Texas, 30 workforce development professionals from across the state came together (virtually) to learn proven strategies that can help cities and regions recover and strengthen the skills of individuals. This cohort makes up the first cohort of the Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) Academy of Texas, and includes three UpSkill Houston leaders.
The six-month TPM Academy® teaches strategies to build sustainable talent pipelines to help Texans access greater economic opportunity and help employers tap into high-quality and skilled talent. The Academy was launched by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is supported by an alliance of state workforce and education leaders, including the Partnership, Educate Texas and the Federal Reserve Bank of Texas. In addition to supporting recovery efforts, TPM® strategies will benefit Texas as it works to achieve its 30x60TX goal.
UpSkill Houston executive committee members Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College's vice chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Workforce Development, Community Relations and Diversity; and Andrew Van Chau, executive board member of the Gulf Coast Economic Development District and Katy-Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce; and Bryant Black, Partnership director of Regional Workforce Development, are among this inaugural cohort. Peter Beard, Partnership senior vice president of Regional Workforce Development and leader of the UpSkill Houston initiative, is among the TPM Academy faculty.