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Tackle Your Next DIY Project with Our Help

Skillpoint Alliance is using our construction expertise for the common good this summer with Be Handy workshops for the general public. Skillpoint Alliance has been facilitating construction trainings since 1994, when the first group of graduates was trained to turn Bergstrom Air Force Base into the airport it is today. The Gateway team and Adult Workforce Division are experts in everything home repair-related; you name it, they can show you how it's done and the tricks to getting it done Continue Reading >

Happy Administrative Professionals Day from Gateway Coordinator Bethany Paul!

Greetings! My name is Bethany Paul, and I am the newest member of the Gateway team at Skillpoint Alliance.  I am so excited to be here! A little bit about me: being born in Chicago and having grown up outside of Philadelphia, it’s in my blood to love food.  Austin has been a great move for me, as I’m sure I could eat at a new place once a week forever.  And I’m not picky – food trucks, sushi, a fancy steak…it’s all good!  Outside of food, my other love is my 2-year-old English Bulldog Continue Reading >

Happy Earth Day from GreenTech STEM Program Coordinator Leah Grossman

Happy Earth Day! Leah Grossman, coordinator of all things GreenTech and STEM, here. What I love about Earth Day is it is an opportunity to explore all of the initiatives that are happening in our community that are all working towards a common goal. Part of what we do here at Skillpoint is getting the innovators and designers of the future excited about pursuing careers in these fields.  As the new Green Tech Program Coordinator, I have been helping to coordinate our various High School Continue Reading >

Thank you Klein Tools!

Happy weekend!  Good news for our Gateway trainees today: Klein Tools is donating $7,600 worth of high-quality toolkits to our graduating Gateway Construction trainees.   Thanks to this donation, the Gateway program is able to cut out a significant expense of the Construction trainings. We want our graduates to be as prepared as possible for their first day on the job, so purchasing toolkits is a must. However, even the most basic toolkit costs around $35 per person. This Klein Tools Continue Reading >

STEM Council rolling out FutureCity program this summer

This summer, we are rolling out a new STEM Council program, FutureCity. We're starting with a FutureCity STEM Innovation Camp for ages 10-14 this July and then kicking off a FutureCity season this fall. FutureCity is a national program to introduce middle school students (6th, 7th and 8th grades) to engineering with project-based learning using SimCity™ 4 Deluxe software to imagine, design and build cities of the future. Students will tackle engineering challenges, research solutions and Continue Reading >

Be Nerdy this summer with our Adult Workforce team

Online tools, open-source software, social media-- all of these are free ways that technology can make your life easier (and cheaper!). The Empower team is very well-versed in all things technology; in the last twelve years, they have helped more than 5,300 Austinites join the ranks of the computer-literate with plans to help thousands more in the next twelve. The classes are on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Skillpoint Alliance's downtown lab. The first class, You're Invited!, will be on May Continue Reading >

Need a job this summer? We’re hiring!

Skillpoint Alliance is seeking quite a few enthusiastic, dedicated individuals to join our STEM Council team this summer. The positions, all full-time and temporary, include: STEM Innovation Camp Instructors STEM Innovation Camp Manager Velocity Prep Facilitation Interns Each of these is a rewarding experience helping students learn and grow in the science, technology, engineering and math fields while having fun. For more information about our STEM Innovation Camps, visit the website Continue Reading >

Get Organized with NEXT Organization Skills

Our very first NEXT training, Organization Skills, is filling up fast. The training will cover effective strategies to make the most of time and resources by utilizing and developing organization skills. Organization is key part of maintaining a healthy and productive work life, cutting down on stress, wasted time and sense of chaos. Many people organize their lives differently and we've developed a training that explores different organization styles to fit each participant's preference. Continue Reading >

Calling all business leaders! Join the Adult Workforce Council

Are you a member of the business community in Central Texas who wants to see our economy grow? If that's a yes for you, then you would make a perfect addition to our Adult Workforce Council. What is the Adult Workforce Council? It's a group of community and business leaders who know that one of the keys to our economic health is keeping our workforce specialized and skilled. The council meets quarterly, with three working committees in between the quarterly meetings. You will have a chance Continue Reading >

Key Findings from the Workforce Potential Project Labor Market Analysis

We read the Workforce Potential Project Labor Market Analysis, recently released by the Austin Area Research Organization and the Ray Marshall Center and just knew we had to share. There are many Austinites who are unaware that workforce development is one of the most pressing issues that our community faces. The statistics are out there about how well-educated our community is, but this does not always translate to a well-developed workforce. Austin has jobs and Austin has the Continue Reading >