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Apprenticeship Training Program
Local Education Agency
A local education agency (LEA) is a public community college, technical college,
secondary or postsecondary school, or a public independent school system. The LEA
is the funding link between the registered apprenticeship training program sponsor
and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The LEA may provide both the instructor
and classroom facilities, or it may serve only as a fiscal agent while the program
sponsor provides both the instructor and classroom facilities.
How the Process Begins
The process of establishing a registered apprenticeship training program typically
begins when the apprenticeship committee representative contacts the LEA to inquire
whether they would agree to partner with them in a registered apprenticeship training
program and accept the responsibility of being the fiscal agent.
Note: Apprenticeship committees are required to have a LEA partner before the
registered apprenticeship training program receives approval from TWC.
An apprenticeship committee calling an LEA should have the following program components
- Program sponsor in the private sector - which may include employers, employer
associations, and joint labor and management organizations
- Initial employment
- Apprenticeship program standards -- developed in conjunction with a training provider
and/or the U.S. Department of Labor Office
Benefits of Being a Local Education Agency
The affiliation with the apprenticeship community in Texas will provide a variety of
programmatic benefits for LEAs, including:
- purposeful links with employers and labor representatives;
- curriculum updates developed by involved and motivated members of an advisory committee;
- alternatives to student retention;
- options for solving motivation and career pathway dilemmas;
- solid links to curriculum integration;
- proven articulation strategies; and
- nontraditional career opportunities for women and minorities.