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Education and Workforce 

Introduction
Regional Educational Institutions
Maritime Education
Showcase of Programs
Industry Workforce Reports
Advocacy
Letters of Support


Introduction
Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership's (BAHEP) five-year strategic plan for 2012-2016 provides the organization a framework for regional economic development. Necessarily, that plan focuses on regional collaboration and regional actions that lead to prosperity and a high quality of life for the 800,000 people who live and work in the area.

As one of its core values, BAHEP is committed to providing responsible leadership that results in strong employment in the region. BAHEP focuses on regional economic growth by concentrating on retaining, recruiting and expanding quality employment opportunities in support of businesses and their suppliers within the region's five primary industry clusters: aerospace, healthcare, maritime, specialty chemical, and tourism/recreation.

Since its founding in 1976, BAHEP has responded to changing regional dynamics in demographics and education and workforce development, which affect regional success. BAHEP has formed and strengthened strategic alliances within industry and the region's educational institutions to assure that the region's workforce is prepared, available and effective.

As an important aspect of BAHEP’s mission to enhance Bay Area Houston’s overall economic development and quality of life by collaborating to create a world-class education and training community; advocating for education; sharing best-practices; supporting regional economic development; assisting member organizations to achieve their respective goals; and establishing innovative and effective partnerships, BAHEP established the Education and Workforce Development Committee, which includes the leadership in the business community, K-12 education and higher education.

Regional Educational Institutions

Public School Districts K-12



Clear Creek ISD


Dickinson ISD


Friendswood ISD


La Porte ISD


Pasadena ISD

Public Colleges and Universities



College of the Mainland


San Jacinto College


Texas A&M University at Galveston


University of Houston


University of Houston Clear Lake


The University of Texas Medical Branch
at Galveston


Private Colleges and Universities



Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


ITT Technical Institute


Rice University,
Jones Graduate School of Business



Texas Chiropractic College

Maritime Education

Independent school districts and institutions of higher education within Bay Area Houston are keenly aware of the need for an educational pipeline to prepare students for highly skilled, and well paying, positions in the exceedingly competitive maritime environment. Read here about maritime education initiatives in the region. BAHEP’s educational partners are meeting the workforce needs of both today and the future. 

Showcase of Programs

K-12
Today's students are expected to think critically and solve real-world problems. To prepare tomorrow's workforce, regional educational institutions are offering programs to meet not only the needs of students but also the future needs of industry.



Ed White E-Stem

Magnet School
Clear Creek ISD


Career and Technical
High School
Pasadena ISD


La Porte
Education Foundation

La Porte ISD


Friendswood ISD
Education Foundation


Dickinson ISD
Education Foundation





Industry Workforce Reports
Over the past several months, BAHEP's Education and Workforce Development Committee has hosted leaders from regional industry sectors to participate in an informal panel discussion on workforce dynamics and trends. The panelists discussed the skills needed by today's and tomorrow's workers in each industry sector and how regional educational institutions can better prepare young people to compete and excel in their particular industry. The papers shown below highlight the results of the panel discussions held to date.



Healthcare Panel Synopsis


Specialty Chemical Panel Synopsis


Aerospace Panel Synopsis


Maritime Panel
Synopsis



Advocacy
For the 83rd Texas Legislative Session in 2013, BAHEP,  in collaboration with the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, formulated an education and workforce agenda which was based on the expressed priorities of the leadership of the member independent school districts, community colleges and universities. (Note: Some of the following links may produce better results if opened in Internet Explorer rather than Firefox.)


Legislative Priorities
K-12


Legislative Priorities
Community Colleges


Legislative Priorities
Universities

The complete BAHEP / CLACC legislative agenda also addressed legislative issues necessary for the continued growth of the region.






The Bay Area Houston region is comprised of 13 cities and Harris and Galveston counties. Learn more about the region in the Bay Area Houston Legislative Agenda Fact Sheet.

Letters of Support
As a highly respected regional organization, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership is often asked to provide letters in support of initiatives involving BAHEP's educational partners. Below is a sampling of those letters.



In support of
RESTORE Act
Center of Excellence
at the University of Houston


In support of
University of Houston
Clear Lake
Archives Expansion Project



In support of
Cyber Intelligence Institute
at University of Houston
Clear Lake



In support of
Clear Creek
Education Foundation



In support of
University of Houston
Clear Lake
Downward Expansion


In support of Texas'
Tuition Equalization Grant
(TEG) Program




In support of
Texas A&M University
at Galveston
Master of Maritime Administration
and Logistics Degree


In support of
Pasadena Independent
School District
Bond Election





  
 

 
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Dickinson La Porte Pasadena Galveston County
El Lago League City Seabrook Harris County
Houston Airport System
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