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Celebrating Collaboration: How Skillpoint has Impacted the City of Waco

From the desk of Mallory Herridge, Skillpoint's Waco Program Director;  Greetings from the wonderful city of Waco! When I think about the new, hit show Fixer Upper (on HGTV) and all of the attention and popularity it has brought to Waco over the last couple of years, I think about how fitting its themes of making new and restoration are for our community.  I've seen Waco change significantly since 2002 but the change I'm most proud of is the growing culture and emphasis on cross-sector Continue Reading >

Press Release – Skillpoint Alliance hires dynamic education professional as new Executive Director

  September 9, 2016 Contact: Megan Lasch Email: megan@pinrocllc.com Phone: (830) 330.0762 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Skillpoint Alliance hires dynamic education professional as new Executive Director (Austin, TX) – Skillpoint Alliance, a leading workforce training partnership in Central Texas, is excited to announce the appointment of Kevin Brackmeyer as its new Executive Director. Kevin was unanimously selected by the Skillpoint board of directors based on his over two decades of Continue Reading >

2016 Nature’s Alliance – Reagan HS

Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative: In 2014 the National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network partnered together to create the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative (CCCN) with the goal of helping city leaders and their partners ensure that all children have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in nature, from city parks to the great outdoors. The initiative believes that City leaders have extensive tools at their disposal to connect young people Continue Reading >

2016 Community First! Village – African American Youth Harvest Foundation

Background: Mobile Loaves & Fishes began in 1998 when five parishioners of St. John Neumann Catholic Church began delivering meals out of the back of a minivan to men and women they found living on the streets of their city. Since that first truck run, teams of volunteers have served over 4 million meals, and are the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless and working poor in Austin. Today, in addition to continuing our truck ministry, we have expanded to include our Community Continue Reading >

5 Tips for Young Women with Disabilities on Finding a Career in STEM

According to the National Science Board’s Science & Engineering Indicators 2016 report, demographic groups with lower rates of participation – such as women – have long been viewed as an “underutilized source of human capital” in the science and engineering fields, particularly as focus has grown on the need for the United States to expand its capabilities in these areas. For young women with disabilities, STEM careers can not only provide suitable work environments for many types of Continue Reading >

Community Resources: Where to Find Them

This is the fourth post in a 4-part series around a variety of community resources available. Check back for more information on education, life and online resources, or check out our full list of Community Resources.   Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, yet it is also one of the most caring. You get the general sense that everyone has each others’ back. It is a big city with a small town mentality. There is a lot of community support, but locating the Continue Reading >

From Africa to Austin: How a passion for STEM crossed the Atlantic Ocean

Skillpoint is excited to introduce its new Velocity Program Lead, Sara Silva. Sara specializes in sparking students’ interest in STEM-related fields by connecting them with industry and community via relevant, hands-on work experience through the Velocity program. At Skillpoint, Sara oversees the delivery of the Velocity program; connects with schools and industry partners; and trains Velocity facilitators to ensure quality of the program. Before joining Skillpoint, Sara spent 20 years in Continue Reading >

A Velocity Facilitator’s Perspective: Alyssa Studer

This is a guest blog post by Alyssa Studer, a Velocity program facilitator for Summer 2016. In the Velocity program, a group of 20 high school students form a consulting company, and work with an industry client to develop a solution to a real-world problem. The group of students Alyssa just worked with developed a web application to help WP Engine track the health of their servers.  Self-motivated, hardworking, enthusiastic, and collaborative. These are all adjectives that describe Continue Reading >

Community Resources: Online Learning

This is the third post in a 4-part series around a variety of community resources available. Check back for more information on education, life and online resources, or check out our full list of Community Resources. Paying for education can be costly. Here are some online resources to assist you in finding affordable education where you can learn at your own pace. These sites offer courses in math, science, programming, coding, and more. The material varies from K-12 resources all the Continue Reading >

Job Hunting in the Digital Age: Reputation, Resumes & Video Interviews

This post was written by guest blogger, Vera M. Reed. Vera is a former educator and current blogger in Southern California who enjoys writing on a range of topics in the realm of education.  Job hunting used to be a dreaded, physically demanding as well as time consuming task. However, the situation changed drastically with the arrival of internet. Now the employers just had to post their requirements on various job sites and the seekers just had to upload their resume in the same.  But Continue Reading >