Garland School District & College Partnerships

Richland College buildingAt all levels of representation, Garland’s leaders believe nothing is more vital to the city’s success than the development and maintenance of a competitive workforce. In 2006, the Garland Economic Development Partnership partnered with Richland College to provide resources and training for qualified workers. The schoolpart of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), realizes that finding and sustaining a skilled workforce is a key for business success. The DCCCD can provide competitive pricing for employee training; often Richland College obtains state grants to completely fund these classes.

Work Ready Coalition

The necessity of meeting demands for an extensive, capable workforce was a catalyst for the development of the Garland Economic Development Partnership in 1995. When the City of Garland, Garland Independent School District, and Garland Chamber of Commerce formally joined together, the group also sought out the DCCCD, Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas, and the Dallas County Manufacturers Association (DCMA). To create opportunities for increasing the number of skilled workers available, a task force called the Work Ready Coalition was established, which worked to develop the future of Garland’s employment base.

The Garland Campus alone continues to train hundreds of potential and incumbent workers. To date, Richland College has secured more than $7 million in training grants from the Texas Workforce Commission alone. There have been about 700 machine shop graduates since 2008, and over 700 customer service employees.  Overall, about 3,800 manufacturing workers have been trained. 

Signature Programs

Richland College offers specialized programs in manufacturing, engineering, and electronics, where a of certificates and degrees can be earned in: advanced manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing, electrical engineering, electronics, computing, programming, and more. The campus also has extensive coursework for business support, administrative support, customer service, along with options in accounting and business administration.

The DCMA regularly hosts plant tours for teachers, students, and counselors in order to draw attention to the career possibilities Garland Independent School District graduates have available right in their home town. Students benefit from a career-oriented school that trains them for the local work forces. They also benefit from hands on training inside the campus itself, where one can find industrial labs with equipment they can expect to see on the job.