January 17, 2019


AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed legislation last week allowing public libraries and school districts to obtain funds to provide job-training to community members.


"Texas has one of the lowest unemployment rates in its history," said Guillen. "However, we still need to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of Texans who are unemployed have access to resources and training to provide a decent living for themselves and their family."

A few organizations, such as community and technical colleges, can be reimbursed for costs of providing job training through the skills development fund. These entities train occupations with labor shortages and must ensure competitive wages for those positions. The Texas Economic Development Council says the skills development fund provided by the state has trained over 356,774 workers since its establishment.


HB 700 seeks to expand these training services to more people by allowing entities, such as school districts and public libraries, to be reimbursed for their training sessions. Guillen said the bill will help decrease unemployment rates and encourage economic growth by increasing and expanding job training.


"We must do everything we can to provide opportunities for folks who want to contribute to society. By making these resources more available, we can help more people sustain better livelihoods," added Guillen.


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and