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Join us at the STEM Council Quarterly Meeting on June 6

You are invited to a Panel Discussion at the 2nd Quarterly Meeting of the  STEM COUNCIL at Skillpoint Alliance  -------------------------- GREEN TECH PANEL: "Can We Leverage Carbon Offset Dollars to Launch an Emerging Green Tech Fund in Central Texas?" CONFIRMED PANELISTS Melanie Barnes, Texas Climate & Carbon Exchange Zach Baumer, Office of Sustainabillity at the City of Austin Jennifer Clymer, Green Mountain Energy Edgar Farrera, Circuit of the Continue Reading >

Why everyone should learn the basics of WordPress

Since we've geared up to launch the NEXT Intermediate Job Training program, we've often been asked how we decided on the classes. The truth is that it was easy; we listened to our industry and business partners, then listened some more, then asked for more feedback, then decided. We wanted each of these trainings to provide the maximum benefit to our mid-career workforce and the training topics we chose came out on top. One that we are particularly excited about is the Wordpress training. We Continue Reading >

Upcoming Event: Velocity Capstone presentations

The STEM Council is excited to announce that three groups of area students participating in the Velocity Capstone program will present their findings this month. These students, from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and Del Valle High School, have spent the last semester tackling an issue faced by a company. Skillpoint’s industry or community partner serves as the Velocity client, “employing” the students as a consulting company to provide over 3,000 hours of work on an issue of Continue Reading >

Make your summer count with a STEM Innovation Camp

Our STEM Council team is gearing up for a busy, fun-filled summer with six full-day, three-week STEM Innovation Camps. As part of its goal to open more young Central Texas minds to the magic of science, technology, engineering and math, these camps provide an opportunity for summer learning cloaked in hands-on, interactive activities. Here's the full lineup: Video Game Design (ages 6 to 9) Robotics Design (ages 6 to 9) Minecraft 3D Sandbox (ages 10 to 14) Future City (ages 10 to Continue Reading >

Do some good for your karma and your home with a Be Handy workshop

This summer, our Adult Workforce team is leading DIY home repair workshops to provide additional revenue to bring our job training and computer literacy programs to more Central Texans in 2013. These classes are led by experienced instructors who can show you all of the secrets to home repair and DIY. Participants will learn how to: purchase and use the five essential tools (May 15) install and change light switches (May 22) do a professional-level caulk and tiling job (May 29) cover Continue Reading >

Organization skills crucial to business and employee success

Organizing, prioritizing and multi-tasking are crucial for the small business owner or company employee balancing multiple deadlines. Knowing that it will help to be more organized and actually getting more organized are two different things, however. Here are some tips to get you motivated: You will be more efficient. How much time do you spend searching through folders or digging through piles of papers? Think of all the things you could do if these documents were in a system and you knew Continue Reading >

Industry engagement in workforce development crucial, report finds

Our Gateway team is often asked how its job training programs are so successful at turning graduates into job-holders. The Gateway numbers are well above the rest: more than 80 percent of graduates finding a job in the field within 45 days and more than 90 percent graduate. We recently found a paper, titled "Building America’s Job Skills with Effective Workforce Programs: A Training Strategy to Raise Wages and Increase Work Opportunities," that summarized the answer well. Here's the Continue Reading >

Tips for a successful College & Career Expo

The College & Career Expo is only a short five months away, so we're taking a second on our blog to bequeath a few of our veteran knowledge to area businesses who are considering about a booth or sponsorship this year: Sign up early. We're letting the early bird get the worm this year with a 15 percent off the price of a booth for those that sign up before June 15. You'll also be giving yourself plenty of time to make your booth the best it can be. Plan something fun. Your booth is Continue Reading >

Happy National Nurses Week to our Certified Nurse Aide graduates!

Our Skillpoint Alliance team would like to send a big, huge shout-out to all Central Texas nurses and a special high-five to our Certified Nurse Aide graduates for National Nurses Week. National Nurses Week is celebrated May 6 through 12 to raise awareness of the nursing industry and show some appreciation for our hardworking nurses. Did you know? Texas could lose more than 40 percent of its working nurses in the next ten years due to retirements. The average age of Registered Nurses in Texas Continue Reading >