I'm ready to:

Learn new skills

Earn more money

Build a better life

What is Ready to Work?

Ready to Work is an education and training program to help thousands of San Antonians improve their quality of life by developing skills needed to get a higher-paying job.

Ready to Work will:

  • Guide you through the entire process—even how to plan a career path
  • Connect you with resources like childcare and transportation so nothing can stand in your way
  • Help you find the program that is right for you
  • Enroll you in training and classes that fit the job you want
  • Offer you tuition assistance
  • Coach you on how to sell yourself in job interviews
  • Be your partner in helping you find and keep the job you love

Who is eligible for Ready to Work?

  • At least 18 years of age when applying for the program
  • Permitted to work in the United States
  • Resident of the City of San Antonio
  • Income less than 250% of federal poverty guidelines ($33,975 for an individual, or $69,375 for a household of four)
  • Not currently enrolled in college courses at intake
  • Willing to take assessments relating to barriers, academics, skills aptitude, and workplace readiness
  • Committed to completing the program

Three ways to apply.

NOTE: When you apply, it is IMPORTANT to provide us with a phone number that will not change so that we have a way to contact and support you throughout the application and onboarding process.

To verify eligibility, certain documentation is required. If you need assistance obtaining these documents, we can help with that, too.

Apply Online

Call 3-1-1

Visit a Ready to Work Partner Agency

Customize your career path.

Ready to Work offers a variety of programs. Find the one that’s right for you based on your interests, skills and goals.

High-School Equivalency

Grab this opportunity to earn your high-school diploma or a GED, which will open many doors for you. Once you have earned it, continue in the Ready to Work program to take your future to the next level.

Certification Courses

Increase your earning potential and improve your resume with certification programs in various fields including technology, healthcare, construction, business and more.  

Associate Degree Courses

Expand your employment opportunities in less time than a Bachelor’s Degree by completing an Associate Degree in your field of interest.

Bachelor’s Degree Courses

If you already have 30 hours of college credit, Ready to Work tuition assistance and support are available to help you complete your Bachelor’s Degree and improve your marketability.

View the Approved Training Catalog

We’re with you from start to finish.

Ready to Work makes continuing your education and finding a quality job easier for you. Your personal Ready to Work coach will help you with every step of the process, from understanding your specific situation, coaching you through career and education planning, enrolling and paying for your classes, increasing your confidence and soft skills, updating your resume, preparing you for interviews, connecting you to new job opportunities, and helping you thrive in your job. Your journey begins with step one – apply.

What makes Ready to Work different?

Ready to Work is unprecedented. No other city in the nation is supporting its residents like we are. With over $110 million in tuition assistance, hundreds of employers, training providers and colleges, community organizations and workforce agencies, we are in it together, for you.

Ready to Work coaching includes:

  • Assessing your skills and interests
  • Identifying classes in line with a future career
  • Building your profile on LinkedIn.com and WorkInTexas.com
  • Preparing you for interviews
  • Improving your soft skills
  • Connecting you with quality job opportunities
  • Helping you understand employer benefits
  • Planning your finances
  • Helping you thrive in the workplace
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We’ve made getting ahead smarter—for YOU.

How? We update our Approved Training Catalog every three months based on well-paid jobs in high demand. When you finish, employers will be ready for you. The Approved Training Catalog lists courses with available tuition assistance, across multiple industries, and across local training providers.

  • Comprehensive across multiple industries
  • Built with input from employers
  • Sorted by industry and educational agency

Emergency funding

We know things come up, and Ready to Work can help provide a safety net for unexpected emergencies. Participants may receive limited, short-term assistance for urgent needs, such as:

  • Mortgage, rent or hotel
  • Utilities
  • Daycare
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Internet access
  • Cell phone service
  • Legal assistance (relating to job placement)
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Eliminate YOUR obstacles to success

Ready to Work partners with many community organizations and will help you navigate challenges, including:

  • Healthcare and mental health issues
  • Family violence
  • Substance abuse
  • Long-term needs, like housing, food, and utilities
  • Computer skills
  • Starting a business
  • Legal issues
  • English as a Second Language

Ready to Work Employer Pledge Wall​

Hundreds of employers have committed to your lifetime success. You can do it!

Are you an employer? Take the pledge here >

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Are you ready for a change?

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Take the first step. Apply now or call 311.