The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Agency--The unit of state government established
under Texas Labor Code, Chapter 301 that is presided over by the Commission
and administered by the executive director to operate the integrated
workforce development system and administer the unemployment compensation
insurance program in this state as established under the Texas Unemployment
Compensation Act, Texas Labor Code, Title 4, Subtitle A, as amended.
The definition of "Agency" shall apply to all uses of the
term in this subchapter.
(2) Apprentice--A participant in a qualifying apprenticeship
as defined in this section.
(3) Commission--The body of governance of the Texas
Workforce Commission composed of three members appointed by the governor
as established under Texas Labor Code, §301.002 that includes
one representative of labor, one representative of employers, and
one representative of the public. The definition of Commission shall
apply to all uses of the term in this subchapter.
(4) Comptroller--The comptroller of public accounts
of the State of Texas, as defined under Texas Government Code, Chapter
(5) Executive director--The individual appointed by
the Commission to administer the daily operations of the Agency, which
may include an individual delegated by the executive director to perform
a specific function on behalf of the executive director.
(6) Military spouse--A person who is married to a military
service member, as defined under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 55.
(7) Military veteran--A person who has served on active
duty and who was discharged or released from active duty, as defined
under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 55.
(8) Non-metro area--Any area that is not included in
a metropolitan statistical area designated by the United States Office
of Management and Budget.
(9) Person--A "person" is:
(A) a resident of this state;
(B) a business entity located in this state;
(C) a governmental subdivision located in this state;
(D) a public or private organization located in this
state that is not a state agency.
(10) Qualifying apprenticeship--An apprenticeship training
program registered with United States Department of Labor (DOL) and
qualified to receive funding provided through the Agency as set forth
in Texas Education Code, Chapter 133, or certified as an Industry-Recognized
Apprenticeship Program (IRAP) by a Standards Recognition Entity.
(11) Standards Recognition Entity--A third-party entity
recognized by DOL as qualified to recognize apprenticeship programs
(12) Transitioning foster youth--A youth who has or
is currently transitioning to independent living as described in Texas
Family Code, §264.121.