The TWO-STEP Projects (Technology Workforce Opportunities through Seamless Transitions and Educational Partnerships) offer seamless, no-penalty transitions for technical students from high school, to community college (step 1), and ultimately to the university (step 2). Technical programs at the community college are designed to enable students to enter immediately into the job market in a high paying technical field. These programs therefore do not typically transfer to universities.
The goal of the TWO-STEP Projects is to develop career pathways that encourage students with technical degrees to complete their bachelor's degrees. A bachelor's degree will provide additional marketability, higher pay, and greater opportunities for advancement in the workforce. The TWO-STEP Project initiative is funded by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Act of 1998 through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
High school students earn community college credits by participating in Tech Prep programs and then enroll in community college technical programs to earn associate of applied science degrees. Students are strongly urged to finish their basic core of liberal arts curriculum at the community colleges since this is required for a bachelor's degree. Students then transfer selected, qualified technical courses, in addition to the basic, education core courses, to participating universities to earn bachelor's degrees.
For more information on Rio Grande Two-Step Program at The University of Texas at Brownsville, please contact:
Dr. Peter Gawenda
Special Assistant to the Provost for Degree Completion Programs