AIS recently completed work on a complete revamp of the Texas Workforce Commission’s “Texas Reality Check” website. Texas Reality Check is an Internet-available, fully accessible, responsive, mobile-first and browser-agnostic design. This website was tested for accessibility, performance, vulnerability scans, and usability.


Texas Reality Check (TRC) is targeted at students on a statewide basis, ranging from middle school to high school (with some colleges and universities making use of the tool for “life skills” classes). The goal is to inspire students to think about occupations, and prepare for educational requirements so they can achieve the income level that meets their lifestyle expectations.

This tool walks students through different areas of life, on a step-by step-basis, identifying budgets associated with living essentials such as housing, transportation, food, clothing, etc. Students make selections and then calculate a corresponding monthly income that would afford the selections they make. From here, the students are directed to another page and connected to a database on careers and associated salaries.

However, the existing site was dated and in need of improvements in three core areas: UX, Accessibility, and overall performance. Here’s how AIS delivered:

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AIS developed a prototype web application for real-time collaboration and visualization of geospatial data. To learn more about this application check out parts one, two, and three of this blog series.

In this post, I’ll briefly discuss the rationale behind our decision to convert the backend of our prototype from ASP.NET MVC to NodeJS and will dive into the details of the conversion process. Our goal was to show that while AIS has a proven track record of leveraging the Microsoft stack to deliver solutions to our customers, we are also able to deliver solutions on other stacks based on our customers’ needs and existing infrastructure. Read More…