Fort Worth Colleges and Universities Improve Region's Workforce

By Kevin Litwin on April 29, 2011 at 3:47 am EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Adkins

Fort Worth has a deep pool of skilled and knowledgeable workers, owed in great measure to the region's nucleus of quality higher education institutions, which have a combined enrollment of more than 324,000 students. 

The 35,000 students who graduate each year from the region's colleges and universities are a major draw to businesses that need access to a work-ready labor pool, and those higher learning institutions actively participate in helping place those qualified workers at Fort Worth employers.

In addition, colleges and universities are partners in promoting economic development, providing everything from workforce training programs to research to resources that assist entrepreneurial companies.

Training New Hires

Tarrant County College won a 2010 Community Partner Award for its work with Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County. TCC works closely with Workforce Solutions on a variety of training programs, including providing students with skills training needed for jobs in “hot” industries such as logistics and transportation, advanced manufacturing and hospitality.

"Workforce Solutions is responsible for overseeing nearly $55 million in employment and training dollars to benefit businesses and citizens in Tarrant County," says Troy Vaughn, Tarrant County College's vice chancellor for continuing education services. "They often turn to TCC to develop training that helps provide cost-effective ways for companies to train incumbent and newly hired employees."

Tarrant County College also partners often with local municipal and economic development officials to make sure graduates have a direct pipeline into the local and regional workforce.

Improving Your Business

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Fort Worth Center assists the region's business community through programs such as the Institute for Professional Development. The Institute’s slogan is Be a Fort Worth Maverick, and its goal is to find innovative ways to increase revenue and decrease expenses for local businesses.

Institute officials point out that they set up proven programs that can accelerate the success and bottom line of a startup company or established company. The Professional Development programs are taught by leading academic experts and experienced industry practitioners, and officials point out that participants leave the training sessions with business and leadership improvement plans that can be implemented the minute they return to work. 

Brain-Storming Entrepreneurs

Texas Christian University is also heavily involved with the region's business community, and its Neeley Entrepreneurship Center was named the 2011 National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

“Our approach to entrepreneurship begins with helping students identify and develop their individual talents and core virtues, then put them into action to accomplish entrepreneurial endeavors,” says Keith Hmieleski, TCU professor and Neeley Entrepreneurship Program director. “This enables our students to focus on their strengths in a way that enhances engagement in the learning process, and allows them to function with an economy of means. In the end, it is our hope to place each of our students on a path toward a career and life of meaning. We believe that sets us apart.”

Find additional information on colleges and universities in Fort Worth TX at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce website.

Colleges and Universities in the Fort Worth Area:

College of Saint Thomas More

Remington College

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Tarleton State University Fort Worth campus

Tarrant County College

The Art Institute of Fort Worth

Texas Christian University

Texas Wesleyan University

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

University of Texas at Arlington Fort Worth campus

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We want the young professionals to be involved in Fort Worth as early as possible, and hopefully for a lifetime. They are the future, and we want their input now.

Brianna Broussard, program manager, Vision Fort Worth