The Round Rock Chamber understands the value of a productive and highly trained workforce, so we have identified a number of training resources that will help your operation maintain a superior staff.
Austin Community College Corporate Training Solutions
Austin Community College District’s (ACC) Corporate Training Solutions creates learning experiences that deliver quality training that is effective, timely, on target, and convenient. Choose from a nationally acclaimed curriculum or let ACC work with you to customize a training program tailored to your company. In addition, ACC can coordinate training to prepare eligible employees for national certification exams and help facilitate the scheduling of those tests. Training can range from short-term solutions to a long-term strategic training plan based on your performance goals and budget. Classes can be delivered at your place of business, on any ACC campus or online. For more information, please visit austincc.edu/ce/cts/ or call 512.223.0131.
Texas State Technical College
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) is a multi-institutional teaching center providing a wide array of educational opportunities and workforce readiness programs to all of East Williamson County. TSTC offers associate degree and certificate programs including air conditioning, building construction, culinary arts, industrial systems, and engineering technology, electrical construction, plumbing and pipefitting, mechanical engineering, machining, and welding. The center is located in a new 112,000 square-foot facility located on fifty-seven acres in Hutto (just twelve miles from downtown Round Rock). For more information, please visit waco.tstc.edu/higher or call 512.759.5900.
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area
Workforce Solutions assists businesses at every stage of their workforce needs. They provide no-cost, on-site recruiting, interviewing and hiring, job fairs, web-based job postings, assistance with customized training, and current labor market information. For more information, please visit workforcesolutionsrca.com or call 512.244.2207 or 866.518.0576.
Job Training Funding
The Round Rock Chamber also assists companies locating or expanding in Round Rock in securing state-provided job training assistance.
Skills Development Fund
The Skills Development Fund (SDF) is an innovative program created to assist Texas public community and technical colleges to finance customized job training for their local businesses. The SDF was established by the legislature in 1995 and is administered by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Grants are provided to help a business, business consortium or trade union form partnerships with local community colleges and technical schools to provide custom job training. The SDF pays for the training, the college administers the grant and businesses create new jobs and improve the skills of their current workforce. Average training costs are $1,420 per trainee. However, the benefit may vary depending on the proposal. Grants for a single business may be limited to $500,000. For more information, please visit twc.state.tx.us/partners/skills-development-fund.
Skills for Small Business Program
The Skills for Small Business Program is an opportunity for small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) to train new workers or upgrade the skills of current workers. The initiative was implemented by TWC in coordination with the office of the Governor’s Small Business Forums to address the training needs of small enterprises in Texas. Small businesses can apply funds to training offered by their local community or technical college or the Texas Engineering Extension Service. TWC processes the applications and works with the college to fund the specific courses businesses select for their employees. The program funds tuition and fees up to $1,450 per newly hired employee and up to $725 per existing employee. For more information, please visit twc.state.tx.us/businesses/skills-small-business-employers.
The Self-Sufficiency Fund is a job-training program that is designed specifically for individuals that receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The program links the business community with local educational institutions and is administered by TWC. The goal of the fund is to help TANF recipients become independent of government financial assistance. The fund makes grants available to eligible public colleges or to eligible private, nonprofit organizations to provide customized job training and training support services for specific employers. A joint application from the employer and the eligible public college and/or eligible private, nonprofit organization must be submitted to the local workforce development board for review and comment prior to approval. For more information, please visit twc.state.tx.us/businesses/self-sufficiency-fund-employers.
Goodwill Central Texas
Goodwill’s Career and Technical Academy provides the opportunity to pursue accelerated, affordable career training and certifications in a variety of high-demand industries including; accounting, construction and maintenance, healthcare, and information technology. Goodwill develops customized training programs for employers who need to hire employees in these industries. They also offer state certification training for administrative assistants and nurse assistants. For more information, please visit https://www.goodwillcentraltexas.org/excel-center