Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA)
Preparing students for careers in key industry clusters
The Texas Education Agency is supporting Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) across Texas prepare students for the workforce in four of the high-demand fields designated by the Texas Governor:
- Advanced technologies and manufacturing
- Biotechnology and life sciences
- Information and computer technology
- Petroleum refining and chemical products
The TEA, Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board collaborated to develop the academy model as a way to fill Texas jobs with Texas workers in industries that are driving the state’s economy. The basis for selecting these industry clusters is their contribution to the economic development of the state of Texas and specific regions.
Objectives of ICIA
- Build on the Early College High School program to equip students with relevant real-world experiences by creating partnerships between Texas industries and educational institutions
- Offer hands-on learning opportunities in targeted industry clusters, including internships, externships, apprenticeships, mentorship programs and career counseling
- Provide open-enrollment academies that give students the opportunity to earn up to 60 hours of college course credit before graduation
- Collaborate with industries to create course content that prepares students for industry-based certifications and credentials
Students who complete the program will be prepared to join the workforce for the dominant industry in their region. ICIA provides Texas students the opportunity to get high paying jobs in their own state, and allows Texas industries to employ skilled homegrown workers.