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Houston Matters for Wed., Nov. 13, 2013

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 education.

Also: we welcome your questions about the wonderful and varied world of insects here in Houston. As the weather cools, you may have spotted a few more creepy crawly creatures in and around your home. Ever wondered “just what is that?” Well, we’ll pose those questions to entomologist Dr. Nancy Greig, Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center at Houston’s Museum of Natural Science. (NOTE: If you have questions more along the lines of extermination — we’ll save those for another day).

Plus: A greater Houston filmmaker tells stories of Latino Americans.

And: A new quarterly publication called Sugar and Rice hopes to illustrate life in the Gulf Coast through food.

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