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Workforce & Training

Skilled Labor & A Consistent Workforce Pipeline

Harlingen’s location in the central Rio Grande Valley has it poised for vast growth, with many businesses finding the numerous advantages of relocating to the RGV near the U.S.-Mexico border and the area’s growing skilled labor force.

South Texas and Harlingen also have a strong emphasis on primary, secondary, and higher education. Texas State Technical College in Harlingen and other major universities in South Texas provide a steady supply of skilled labor experienced in technology.

3,545
Total establishments
33,482
Labor Force

Harlingen Training Programs Provide Valuable Workplace Skills 

Harlingen strives to produce the best qualified workforce in the US, thanks to city efforts that include training programs for in-demand occupations which introduce eligible workers to emerging technology and prepare them for a new career.

On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Customized Training

On-the-job training and customized training provide unique opportunities for participants who already possess some job-related skills and the knowledge to “learn as they earn.” OJT offers participants opportunities to learn valuable skills that benefit employers.

Skills Development Fund

The Texas Workforce Commission administers the Skills Development Fund program, which provides state funds to directly respond to the workforce needs of Texas employers. Eligible applicants include public community or technical colleges, Texas Engineering Extension Service, and community-based organizations working in partnership with one of these institutions.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit used to reduce the federal tax liability of private-for-profit employers. To be eligible for the WOTC, employers can hire from 9 different targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.