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Do You Really Need A College Degree to Work in Houston?

There are a lot of paths to a quality education. While many may go straight from high school to a four year college, others enter the work force, or the military for a time, and then may return to school. Some attend trade schools or community colleges. Some never pursue higher education. An initiative launched […]

There are a lot of paths to a quality education. While many may go straight from high school to a four year college, others enter the work force, or the military for a time, and then may return to school. Some attend trade schools or community colleges. Some never pursue higher education. An initiative launched by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board called Accelerate Texas is designed to address gaps in the skills and credentials the state’s work force is going to need in the years to come.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with the Chairman of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board about the significance of that effort. We’ll also talk with KUHF education reporter Laura Isensee about the various ways Houstonians can receive a quality education beyond high school. We’ll also talk about how recognition of the need for a different type of workforce has led to a shift in Texas education policy, including new high school graduation requirements, and how Houstonians feel about local education. Do we look at our education system in Houston through rose-colored glasses? And, we’ll talk with Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-director of the Kinder Institute at Rice, about a new report examining Houstonians’ attitudes towards higher education.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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