Recruiting, training and maintaining a highly-skilled workforce continues to be a top priority among Richardson area companies.


Richland College provides high quality, customized training without cost to you, the employer. In fact, Richland can offer companies state grant-funded training for new and existing employees through the Skills Development Fund (SDF), a program of the Texas Workforce Commission. SDF enhances your employee training program and stretches your departmental budget. Several Richardson companies have partnered with Richland in skills enhancement in the last few years: For example:

  • RealPage received $1.3 million worth of grant-funded training to enhance the skills sets of 700 highly-educated software developers
  • ARGO Data Resource Corp., another software company, benefited from $523,000 of cost-free training for 187 of its employees
  • Smaller companies like The Wilkins Group and GXA Network Solutions were able to participate in the ARGO grant as well
  • Associa, a nationwide homeowner management company, provided $707,000 of grant training to enhance the skills sets of 549 employees in their accounting and IT departments 

To date, Richland College has secured more than $7.5M for area businesses to upgrade the skills of their current employees and provide new hire training. Company training plans include classes such as JavaScript, SQL Queries, VMware and Microservices Data Architecture, to name a few, as well as industry-specific training. Training dollars can be used for course delivery by industry subject matter experts and/or your in-house trainers to facilitate classes. Richland has grant writers and experienced grant managers on staff to assist you in the development of a training plan for your company. The college will guide you through the process and prepare and submit the SDF grant application to the Texas Workforce Commission.


For more information on the SDF grant, below is a brief description pulled from Texas Workforce Commission's website and the link to the SDF site. Don't pass up this opportunity to train your company's greatest investment, your employees. Please contact Konley Kelley, at Richland College for more information. Konley can be reached at 214-360-1222 or

The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier job-training program providing training opportunities for Texas businesses and workers. Funding for the program is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission. Success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

The Skills Development Fund program assists businesses and trade unions by financing the design and implementation of customized job-training projects. This fund successfully merges business needs and local customized training opportunities into a winning formula to increase the skills levels and wages of the Texas workforce.