Austin, Texas – Today, Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 8, the Community College Finance Bill into law. The bill, authored by Senator Creighton (R-Conroe) and Representative Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) modernizes funding for Texas community colleges and incentivizes degree programs for in-demand careers.
“A highly educated and skilled workforce is critical for Texas to remain the most attractive state to do business, and community colleges are ground zero for students to access the necessary skills and training for in-demand careers,” said Creighton. “This new funding framework will only encourage more successful programs for Texas to train the workforce of the future.”
The Community College Finance Commission was created in SB 1230 in the 87th Legislature, and this bill activates the Commission’s recommendations. Specifically, HB 8 provides funding based on student outcomes, increased financial aid and work-based opportunities, as well as greater investment in college capacity through grants and cross-campus partnerships.
“I want to thank the Commission members for the many months of time they committed. Specifically, Chairman Woody Hunt–a true public servant who gave his time and expertise, Representative Gary VanDeaver for his leadership in the Texas House, Higher Education Coordinating Board Chair Harrison Keller, and the community colleges across the state who continue to demonstrate vision and ingenuity to ensure student success.”