The TXCC convened Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Advanced Career Initiative (ACI) Focus Group meeting on August 8, 2014. Presentations and program materials had been designed collaboratively and were presented by TEA and the TXCC staff. SREB’s Senior Vice President, Dr. Gene Bottoms, shared an overview of the ACI consortium’s activities.The Focus Group was comprised of chancellors from several higher education institutes, organizations such as the Texas Workforce Commission and Career and Technology Association of Texas, public school educators representing CTE interests, and industries like National Instruments. After sessions that included data gathered and summarized by the TXCC, the group determined that the career field that best represented the economic needs of Texas was oil and gas. The career field title may be edited and the career field content may be adapted to include other energy sources as well as an emphasis on information technology.Following the successful focus group meeting, collaborative planning was initiated between TEA staff member, Jessica Snyder, and the TXCC staff on the project timeline for 2014 – 2015 and the next set of meetings with a newly formed group, the Expert Panel. The Panel, over a series of meetings, will brainstorm authentic projects for the four CTE courses in the area of oil and gas, establish course standards, write course descriptions, and begin the development of skeletal project descriptions.