GISD and College Partnerships

In 2006, the GEDP partnered with Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) to provide resources for qualified workforce and workforce training. We realize that finding and sustaining skilled workforce is a key for your success. The DCCCD can provide competitive pricing for employee training and may be able to obtain training grants from either local or State funding agencies.

Richland College Garland Campus
Richland College Garland Campus

In the last several years, as the nearly sixty-five million Baby Boomers approached retirement, the economic implications of losing such a large percentage of the workforce began to raise concerns. Across the nation, people saw an increased emphasis on the importance of maintaining and growing the workforce. Though the recent economic downturn slowed the progress of many impending retirements, businesses are more in tune than ever before with the significance of a qualified labor pool.

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 to address opportunities for increasing the number of skilled workers available, the group also sought out the Dallas County Community College District, Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas and the Dallas County Manufacturers Association to join them in a task force called the Work Ready Coalition, which works to develop the future of Garland’s employment base.

As a part of the coalition under the DCCCD umbrella, Richland College secured more than $1.5 million dollars in grant-assisted training to date and the Garland Campus alone continues to train hundreds of potential and incumbent workers. The DCMA regularly hosts plant tours for teachers, students, and counselors in order to draw attention to the career possibilities GISD graduates have available right in their home town. Subcommittees in the areas of safety, human resources and supply chain work on various aspects of the workforce puzzle from generation gaps, attitudes, and skill development to how rapidly we can meet the challenge of an evolving work place.

At the State level, Garland is represented on the Texas Workforce Investment Council. This federally-mandated group is responsible for developing and implementing a six-year strategic plan that is sent to the Governor and the Legislature. Members of the Councils include the Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Education Agency, Texas Workforce Commission, State Economic Development and agencies representing veterans, youth, prisons, and disabled workers. From this platform Garland stakeholders have direct input into the policy-making structure of the State of Texas.

At 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.