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Houston Seeks to Expand Skilled Workforce through Investment in Poorer Schools

The main vehicle for the effort is the Houston City Council’s new Economic Development Subcommittee on Education, which holds its first meeting this week

Houston City Council Member Karla Cisneros, who represents District H, will chair the City’s new Economic Development Subcommittee on Education.

Houston has long wrestled with a shortage of skilled workers. The city’s latest solution is a long-term one that aims to tap a source that’s all-too-often neglected. It’s trying to steer more investment into the schools of its poorest neighborhoods.

Companies have tried to address the workforce problem by luring new residents with higher wages and by building up training programs with community colleges. Now Houston City Council is launching a new Economic Development Subcommittee on Education.

Council Member Karla Cisneros, who chairs the subcommittee, says there’s an important link between a child’s quality of life and the opportunities available when that child grows up.

“It really comes down to equity,” Cisneros says. “Children that are living in traditionally unsupported neighborhoods, the opportunity doesn’t exist for them as [for] another child someplace else in our city that’s getting a chance to learn and grow right from day one.”

The group will work with schools, private companies, and other partners to develop policies and recommend projects to fund. Its first meeting will take place Wednesday afternoon.

 

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