Texas WORKS brings together representatives from diverse sectors, such as business, including small-mid size business, faith-based, legislative, state agency, k-12 and higher education, labor, community-based organizations, and local workforce councils to advance policies that ensure every Texan has the opportunity to gain the skills needed to obtain and sustain family-sustaining wage employment.  

This initiative is supported by the National Skills Coalition and Texas WORKS is a coalition of SkillSPAN—a first-ever nationwide network of nonpartisan state coalitions expanding skills training for thousands of people through state policy changes. 

Current Members: Texas Association of Community Colleges; United Way of Denton County; United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; Every Texans (formerly CPPP); Workforce Solutions - Gulf Coast; Goodwill of Central Texas; Workforce Solutions Capitol Area; Texas AFL-CIO; Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation; United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; and Southwest Pipe Traders Association.

Priority issue areas include: 

  • Child and Dependent care
  • SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) and other benefits/safety net
  • Transportation and Housing
  • Health and Behavioral Health
  • Adult Education and Literacy
  • Other barriers/issues, such as broadband/connectivity, employability, predatory lending, etc.

See our 2021 Policy Priorities.

View initial highlights of the 2021 session related to 2021 priorities.

Interim charge recommendations for the 87th Legislature

For more information or if you would like to become a member of Texas WORKS, please email Ashley R. Harris, Director of Policy & Community Engagement at Ashley.harris@uwtexas.org