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RS3 To Be Awarded $245K Skills Development Fund Training Grant Today at Dell Diamond Ceremony

Feb 08, 2023
Check Signing Celebration to Recognize Round Rock Baseball Club’s Commitment to Creating Local Upskilling Opportunities for 118 Central Texas Workers

WSRCA Invitation RS3 SDF Grant Award Ceremony

CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ Ryan Sanders Sports Services (RS3) has been awarded a $245,730 Skills Development Fund (SDF) Grant by the Texas Workforce Commission and Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) and its community and industry partners are hosting a check signing ceremony today, February 8, 2023, at 2 p.m. at the Home Run Dugout at Dell Diamond, to celebrate the excellent training opportunities offered to Central Texans.

The SDF program assists businesses and trade unions by financing the design and implementation of customized job-training projects. This fund successfully merges business needs and local customized training opportunities into a winning formula to increase the skills levels and wages of the Texas workforce. SDF grants provide training opportunities for full-time new and incumbent staff.

The grant will enhance RS3’s sports and entertainment operations, including the Round Rock Express (Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers), RS3 Turf, and RS3 Strategic Hospitality, based in Round Rock, TX. A total of 118 workers in various occupations will train in subjects ranging from food safety and heavy equipment operation to Disney-based customer service strategies and sports-oriented project management.

“We’re proud to connect great employers such as RS3 with excellent training resources such as the Skills Development Fund Grant to bolster upskilling opportunities that empower Central Texans and help local businesses expand their operations,” said WSRCA CEO Paul Fletcher. “RS3 has demonstrated its commitment to our community through the diversity of its employment opportunities and its efforts to ensure that its workforce gains the skills necessary to continue its industry-leading innovations. We’re excited to celebrate that commitment and to encourage more employers to enhance their talent supply chain through the many upskilling programs available in Texas.”

All training courses funded by the RS3 SDF grant award are being administered by MDX Safety Training & Consulting Inc., Sage Corporation, DKR Strategies LLC, and the American Society of Administrative Professionals, and include a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid options.

Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson, with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), will be serving as a keynote speaker during the check signing celebration.

Registration for the event can be completed online at:

For more information on local training programs for employers such as the SDF, please review WSRCA’s Upskilling Toolkit.


About Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment

Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment (RSSE) is the parent company of the Round Rock Express (Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers), RS3 Turf and RS3 Strategic Hospitality. Originally founded as Ryan Sanders Baseball in 1998, the primary ownership group of RSSE includes Nolan Ryan and his sons Reid (CEO) and Reese, and Houston businessman Don Sanders and his sons, Bret and Brad. The Express, beginning their 23nd season at Dell Diamond in 2023, have consistently been ranked as one of the top organizations in all Minor League Baseball. RS3 Turf is a leading provider of sports turf services including construction, renovation, resurfacing and maintenance of natural and synthetic field playing surfaces in all sports. RS3 Strategic Hospitality is the official food, beverage and hospitality provider for venues throughout the state of Texas, including Rodeo Austin, Dell Diamond and United Heritage Center (Round Rock), Jimmy Clay Golf Course and Roy Kizer Golf Course (Austin), H-E-B Center (Cedar Park), Comerica Center and Riders Field (Frisco).

About Texas Workforce Commission

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services such as job matching, recruiting and training to Texas job seekers and employers. TWC also administers the Unemployment Benefits and Unemployment Tax programs. TWC’s mission is to promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. TWC strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor’s economic development strategy. Texas boasts an incredibly skilled workforce ready to attract enterprise to the Lone Star State. By focusing on the demands of employers, TWC gives Texas the competitive edge necessary to draw business here.

About Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area is a nonprofit community partnership providing no-cost recruitment, employment services, and childcare early-learning tuition scholarships to empower businesses, employers, and job seekers in the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas. This nine-county region includes Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, and Williamson counties.

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