Richland College Partners with Texas Workforce Commission to Offer ‘Skills for Small Business’ Program

Boutique salesperson placing open sign on windowRichland College recently partnered with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to offer the “Skills for Small Business” program, providing free or reduced cost training for Texas-based small businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

Training through this program will help private, for-profit businesses become more competitive by increasing employee skills.

“Richland College is committed to not just helping our students learn new, valuable skills, but also helping our local community by providing area businesses with valuable training for their employees,” said Judy Guerra, a project leader for continuing education at Richland College.

When a qualifying small business identifies a training need, courses may be selected based on classes offered at Richland College. “Skills for Small Business” will provide tuition and fees for employees who participate in an existing course applicable to a business need. Up to $1,450 may be approved for newly hired workers and exiting employees may be eligible for up to $725. Newly hired workers include those who were hired within 12 months prior to receipt of the application.

“Providing small business owners the skilled workforce they need helps build a healthy local economy,” said Andres Alcantar, TWC chairman. “We recognize the important role of small businesses in their communities and are committed to their success throughout the state of Texas.”

Since its inception in 2010, “Skills for Small Business” has funded training for more than 370 new and more than 2,400 incumbent workers from more than 425 small businesses throughout Texas.

To register, small businesses should apply directly to TWC for training approval at

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. Information, including offered courses, is available at