No Limits No Excuses announced a merger on Wednesday with the group of professionals in the region responsible from implementing the 60×30 Texas education plan. Now, instead of the two groups working separately to attain the same goal, they are joining forces.
60x30TX is the state’s plan to have 60 percent of Texas students achieve a higher level of education, like a degree or certificate, by the year 2030. That’s exactly what NLNE is trying to do in the Panhandle, so program officer Leeann Kossey Overstreet says the partnership only makes sense.
It also allows NLNE to serve all 64 school districts in Texas Region XVI instead of just Amarillo and Canyon.
NLNE has representatives from different education and business organizations like Amarillo College, Bell Helicopter and BSA on its workforce committee. The goal is to help educate students with things like internships.
“The central idea is we want to educate our future generation of employees. Those in secondary school right now, post-secondary school, for jobs that are going to be in demand and have labor market value,” Work Force Solutions Director Trent Morris said. “Make sure we are teaching what employers need in the workplace.”
The area education and economic professionals in charge of implementing 60x30TX in region XVI mostly work for companies that already had representatives on the NLNE workforce committee.
According to the 60x30TX website, only 20 percent of Texas students in 8th grade in 2006 graduated from college by 2017.
No Limits No Excuses is a program of the Amarillo Area Foundation. For more information on NLNE, you can visit their website.