San Antonio Express-News | By Jennifer R. Lloyd (Friday April 28) – Asked whether Texas is appropriately educating enough future professionals to meet workforce needs, some speakers at the Texas Lyceum on Friday responded with a resounding “no.”
The Texas Lyceum, a nonprofit organization aimed at addressing big-picture issues, gathered about 75 opinion leaders in downtown San Antonio this week to troubleshoot the question “Education, the Workforce and our Economy: Is Texas on a Path to Prosperity or Peril?”
“The state of the state is dire, and it surprises me that more people among the leadership of the state ... aren't urgently concerned about it,” said panelist Kay McClenney, director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. “Texas is leading the way in precisely the wrong direction.”
McClenney pointed to America's shrinking middle class as an example of that direction. She said a large percentage of the jobs that will be available in Texas in future years will require a post-secondary credential. “That gap in terms of our preparation of (future workers) and what the state will need is growing wider, not narrower,” McClenney said.