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.

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