Texas Fast Start II Grant

Texas Fast Start II Grant


Welcome to the Houston Community College Texas Fast Start II Grant!

A Fast Start to Your Career

Texas Workforce Commission awarded College of the Mainland and consortium partners the Texas Fast Start II Grant in August 2014. College of the Mainland was commissioned to lead a consortium of three area community colleges in developing and delivering a series of fast-track training programs designed to meet the needs of the Gulf Coast Texas employers. The consortium members are Houston Community College, San Jacinto College and College of the Mainland.

The goal of the project was to redesign each program to enable students to obtain post-secondary credentials at an accelerated pace using competency based learning methodologies. The delivery modes for acceleration will include but are not limited to:

  • Cohort enrollment and compressed schedules
  • Increased availability of classes
  • Earned credit by exam and credit for prior experiences
  • Hybrid instructional delivery systems
  • Program appropriate industry recognized credentials i.e. OSHA, EPA, NIMS, NCCER
  • Appropriate THECB recognized credentials i.e. AAS, AS, Licenses, Level I & II Certifications

Texas Fast Start II Fast-Track Programs

Mechanical Maintenance Technician, Basic Certificate

College of the Mainland »

Industrial Electrical Technician

Houston Community College

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

San Jacinto College »

Sharing the Texas Fast Start II Curriculum

Fast-track curricula is available for state-wide dissemination and implementation to Texas community colleges upon request per Texas Workforce Commission Texas Fast Start II Grant Specific Requirements-Section 5.8 of Statement of Work: The Grantee shall share existing or new Fast Start program curriculum with other public junior colleges, public state colleges, and public technical institutes, through an existing or new online curriculum-sharing system.

Depending on the fast-track program developed the curriculum consists of syllabi, course outline, worksheet, video links, class activities, quizzes and tests.  Worksheets or materials embedded in the development of the curriculum from books or workbooks are referenced to avoid infringement on copyright laws.

For information or to request curricula from Houston Community College, College of the Mainland or San Jacinto College click on the above college links for
San Jacinto College or College of the Mainland.

Fast-track curriculum will be made available upon request in March 2016.

For information or to request curricula from Houston Community College -  julann.sam@hccs.edu