May 15, 2018


Texas Workforce Commission Meeting Recognizes Demand for Technical Skills


AUSTIN - In light of recent news that demand for skilled workers is increasing, Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) encourages workforce development officials to reduce the technical skills gap, especially for South Texas.


"Improving education is inextricably linked to a growing economy," added Guillen. "That is why we must look at technical education at the same level as higher education. We need to inform students that there are plenty of employment options with a technical degree."


The construction industry is expected to grow by 27 percent in South Texas in the next few years, with many of those jobs in skilled trades. Many in these industries believe the state should take this opportunity to increase technical education in schools before big industry projects start as there is currently a shortage of skilled laborers.


Guillen recognizes the crucial role a robust economy and workforce plays in the livelihoods of South Texans, so he has worked hard to pass many pieces of legislation to improve workforce readiness in Texas schools. He was an author of a bill that authorized school districts to offer certain locally developed college preparatory or career and technology training courses. Guillen's support was also critical to the passage of a bill that gives school districts the flexibility to expand career and technical education opportunities for students.


"A growing economy is crucial to the economic prosperity of South Texans, so I work hard every day to ensure that the 'Texas Miracle' economy continues and that our businesses have the resources they need to prosper, especially when it comes to the workforce," said 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