86R22853 JGH-F
  By: Howard H.R. No. 1072
         WHEREAS, The prosperity of Texas depends upon highly educated
  and skilled workers, and six nonprofit workforce development
  organizations across the state have been greatly assisted in their
  efforts by the Texas Innovative Adult Career Education (ACE) Grant
  Program; and
         WHEREAS, Established by the Texas Legislature in 2013, the
  ACE grant program provides matching funds to regional partnerships
  of community organizations, employers, and community colleges with
  the goal of helping to break the link between poverty and
  undereducation; participating workforce development groups include
  Project QUEST in San Antonio, the Valley Initiative for Development
  and Advancement (VIDA) in the Rio Grande Valley, Project ARRIBA in
  El Paso, Capital IDEA of Central Texas, Skill QUEST in Dallas, and
  Capital IDEA Houston; and
         WHEREAS, Nearly 16,000 previously low-income Texans have
  embarked on new careers in health care, technology, and trades
  through education supported by these workforce development
  organizations; since 2014, thanks to ACE matching funds, almost
  1,500 workers have started jobs in new industries at an average
  hourly rate of $21.54; this semester alone, ACE is supporting half
  the training for more than 1,200 Texans; and
         WHEREAS, For every dollar invested, the six workforce
  development groups return between $12.12 and $26.10 to the
  community, taxpayers, and participants; moreover, the groups
  contribute to the 60x30TX Higher Education Plan, working to ensure
  that by 2030, at least 60 percent of Texans between the ages of 25
  and 34 will have a certificate or degree; currently in Central
  Texas, the graduates of Capital IDEA send 70 percent of their
  children to college; and
         WHEREAS, By augmenting the resources available to the six
  participating organizations, the ACE grant program has improved
  outcomes in developmental education, graduation rates, continuing
  attendance in postsecondary institutions, and placement in
  high-skill careers, and the staff and volunteers of those
  organizations may take great pride in helping the next generation
  of Texans prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st
  century; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby honor Project QUEST, VIDA, Project ARRIBA,
  Capital IDEA of Central Texas, Skill QUEST, and Capital IDEA
  Houston for their commitment to strengthening the skills of Texas
  workers and for their careful stewardship of the taxpayer dollars
  entrusted to them by the Texas Innovative Adult Career Education
  Grant Program; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for each organization as an expression of high regard by
  the Texas House of Representatives.