Accelerate Texas (ATX) is an instructional model in which adult learners are concurrently enrolled in approved career pathway programs that are linked to contextualized Adult Education classes. By enrolling in the appropriate contextualized Adult Education classes, underprepared adult learners may bypass much or all of the traditional Developmental Education sequence, entering directly into applicable noncredit or credit bearing courses that are necessary for completion of approved career pathway certificates and degrees.

The Adult Education Program at HCC was among the early adopters of Accelerate Texas strategies originally funded through a grant in 2010 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and has received more than $2 million in grant funded support since that time.

Recognizing the value of the ATX model for improving adult learner success and completion of postsecondary degrees and certificates, the Trustees of Houston Community College in December 2012, approved reduced tuition for in-district adult learners who enroll in credit-bearing ATX-type programs. Reduced tuition is calculated at a rate of around $20/semester credit hour as opposed to the full in-district rate of over $67/semester credit hour.

Adult learners entering ATX approved career pathways must meet admission and placement requirements for both the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA).

It is not necessary to possess a valid secondary school credential to be eligible for many ATX approved career pathways.

Approved Career Pathways

These semester credit hour certificates can be supported by contextualized Adult Education classes, improving the chances of successful completion. 

Additionally in certain instances, students enrolled in approved career pathways may qualify for reduced tuition.


1. Information Technology Programs

  • Computer and Information Science Technology
    • PC Support – Certificate Level 1

2. Architecture and Construction Programs

  • Heating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
    • Basic air Conditioning and Refrigeration – Certificate: Level 1
    • Heating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology -.Certificate: Level 1
  • Industrial Electricity
    • Electrical Helper – Certificate: Level 1
  • Plumbing
    • Plumbing Technology – Certificate: Level 1
    • Plumbing Helper – Certificate: Level 1

3. Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Programs

  • Automotive Technology
    • Light Automotive Maintenance Technician –MSAA

4. Business Programs

  • Accounting
    • Accounting Payroll Specialist – Certificate: Level 1
  • Business Technology
    • Medical Coding/Transcription Specialist Specialization - Certificate: Level 1

5. Education and School Programs

  • Child Development
    • Infant and Toddler Teacher – Certificate: Level 1

6. Manufacturing Programs

  • Corrosion Technology
    • Atmospheric Corrosion Technology – Certificate: Level 1
    • Cathodic Corrosion Technology – Certificate: Level 1
  • Machining Technology
    • Machining Technology – Certificate: Level 1
  • Welding
    • Basic Welding Helper – Certificate: Level 1

7. Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Programs

  • Drafting and Design Engineering Technology
    • General Drafting – Certificate: Level 1

ATX Contextualized Education and Training (CIET)

Contextualized Integrated Education and Training model (CIET) classes are used in the Accelerate Texas (ATX) model to improve the Reading and Math proficiencies of Adult Education students while they simultaneously increase their employability by attending approved career pathway training programs. For instance, Adult Education students who are enrolled in a Welding Program also attend Adult Education classes where they improve their basic skills proficiencies by reading about Welding, writing about Welding and learning Math concepts based on Welding related examples. CIET makes learning more relevant to students, reinforces their career course content, and greatly improves their likelihood of quickly completing a degree or certificate.  ATX approved career pathway programs are available to students who lack a valid high school diploma or GED®, but they must meet minimum reading and math proficiency scores on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Financial aid is regularly available for both college credit and noncredit continuing education approved career pathways.

ATX CIET Courses for College Credit-Based Approved Career Pathways Math Integrated Education and Training (MIET) and Reading Integrated Education and Training (RIET) courses are designed for adult learners who:

  • Are eligible for legal employment in the U.S.
  • Possess a valid secondary education credential
  • Are unprepared for entry into college-level coursework
  • Score at TSIA Level Three or TSIA Level Four
  • Concurrently enroll in an approved credit-bearing career pathway program

MIET and RIET courses improve the Reading and Math proficiencies of adult learners while they simultaneously complete an ATX approved credit-bearing career pathway degree or certificate program. Both MIET and RIET are contextualized to the content of the applicable career pathway thereby making Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) more relevant. Modest course fees and some fee waivers apply.Course fees for MIET and RIET are not covered by federal student aid. Generally the cost for MIET and RIET courses is $60 each, prices are subject change.

ATX CIET Courses for Non-Credit Continuing Education-Based Approved Career Pathways Vocational Adult Basic Education (VABE) and Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) courses are designed to improve the basic Reading, Math, Writing and English Communication proficiencies of adult learners who:

  • Are eligible for legal employment in the U.S.
  • May or may not possess a valid secondary school credential
  • Are concurrently enrolled in an approved noncredit career pathway
  • Meet other applicable noncredit career pathway requirements

Modest course fees and some fee waivers apply. Course fees for VABE and VESL are not covered by federal student aid. Generally, the cost for VABE and VESL courses is $20 per course. Prices are subject to change.

 

ATX Reduced Tuition

Recognizing the value of the Accelerate Texas (ATX) model for improving adult learner success and completion of postsecondary degrees and certificates, the Trustees of Houston Community College in December 2012, approved reduced tuition for in-district adult learners who enroll in college credit-bearing ATX-type programs. ATX Reduced Tuition is calculated at a rate of around $20/semester credit hour as opposed to the full in-district rate of over $67/semester credit hour.

To be eligible for ATX Reduced Tuition adult learners must:

  • Establish residency in the HCC tax district
  • Be eligible for legal employment in the U.S.
  • Enroll into MIET and RIET support classes
  • Enroll into an approved career pathway program

The HCC tax district is the geographic area comprised of the Alief Independent School District; Houston Independent School District; Stafford Municipal School District, and Missouri City of Fort Bend County.

Adult learners entering ATX approved career pathways must meet admission and placement requirements for both the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA).

It is not necessary to possess a valid high school diploma or GED® to be eligible for many ATX approved career pathways.

To find out more, email us at adulteducation.atx@hccs.edu or call (713) 718-2312.

2015-2017 THECB Accelerate Texas Scaling and Sustaining Success Grant

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has awarded Houston Community College $425,000 to serve as lead college of a consortium including Del Mar College and Galveston College providing services through the 2015-2017 ACCELERATE TEXAS: Scaling and Sustaining Success in Integrated Basic Education and Workforce Training Programs grant. Each of the colleges in this project will design career pathways for occupations that are on the High-Demand, High-Growth list of their respective Workforce Development Boards or have an otherwise documented high incidence of job openings in their region. 

2015-2016 ACCELERATE TEXAS: Mentor College Project

Following an invitational selection, the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board (THECB) has awarded Houston Community College $150,000 to serve as lead college of a consortium including San Jacinto College District and Wharton County Junior College to provide mentoring services through the 2015-2016 ACCELERATE TEXAS: Mentor College Proposal. HCC previously has served successfully as an Accelerate Texas mentor college to Alvin Community College, College of the Mainland and Galveston College.  HCC is currently mentoring Del Mar College and Galveston College in ATX practices. Each of the colleges will design career pathway training for occupations that are on the High-Demand, High-Growth list of their respective Workforce Development Board or have an otherwise documented high incidence of job openings in the region. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Orientation

If you have recently been informed that you are not meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements (SAP) and may no longer be eligible for federal student aid, please consider contacting the Houston Community College Accelerate Texas program.

Accelerate Texas concurrently enrolls students into approved career pathway programs, along with contextualized Adult Education classes that support their successful completion of high-demand certificates and degrees. This makes completion of a credential both faster and cheaper.

Students with in-district residency who enroll in Career and Technical Education programs that are approved for Accelerate Texas receive a tuition reduction, and instead of paying the full rate of $67 per semester credit hour, students pay only about $20 per semester credit hour. To maintain the tuition reduction, students must regularly attend both their Career Technical Education courses and Adult Education classes.

We also have non-credit continuing education training options available to eligible students at virtually no cost!

See the non-credit training options that are available to you at:

http://www.hccs.edu/adult-education/free-community-based-job-training/.

You can also find out more by calling (713) 718-2312 or emailing us at adulteducation.atx@hccs.edu.