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Empowerment through Mouse Clicks

The Digital Divide in Central Texas is disallowing individuals from advancing in their careers, or even gaining meaningful employment due to their lack of simple computer skills. For Skillpoint Alliance, creating the Empower program was a way to reach the Austin community and introduce a basic understanding of how to operate a laptop, utilize Microsoft Office & Google applications, and practice typing in order to land a position in the technology-based working world. According to the Continue Reading >

Building Professional Characteristics

Job hunting can be daunting at times, but once you get the position, it may be even harder to start off on the right foot. At Skillpoint our participants receive both hands-on training and soft skills (or professional development) practice to ensure they are successful once they enter the industry of their choice. Previously incorporated into our Construction and Healthcare curricula, was one day of professional development where participants would conduct mock interviews, build their resume Continue Reading >

#MyGivingStory – Sarah Gebhardt

As Giving Tuesday 2017 approaches, we asked our staff member Sarah to tell us her #GivingStory about why she gives back to the Central Texas community through her career at Skillpoint. "I began volunteering with Skillpoint Alliance (Austin, TX) approximately six years ago while they were running First LEGO League robotics competitions for Central Texas. Little did I know though, is that the Skillpoint staff was not only changing lives for teens interested in STEM careers, but they were also Continue Reading >

The Glue of Gateway: Checking In for Success

Written By | Steven Harris, Program Retention Coordinator Skillpoint Alliance’s Gateway Program is a very unique opportunity for people who are on a path to self- restoration. It serves as a beacon of hope for those individuals who are undereducated, low-income, and/or ex-offenders. Gateway also provides an outlet for individuals looking for workforce training and education without accruing mountains of debt. My name is Steven Harris, I am the Programs Retention Coordinator for Skillpoint’s Continue Reading >

Life After Gateway: Joining an Apprenticeship

Happy #NationalApprenticeshipWeek from Skillpoint Alliance!   As a pre-apprenticeship modeled program, our Electrical certification at Skillpoint Alliance provides every students with the opportunity to learn about the apprenticeship programs offered by the Local IBEW 520 Union and by IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.), and then can decide which program would be beneficial for their personal career goals. The Local IBEW 520 Union is a 5 year program designed to match Continue Reading >

Prosper Waco Summit 2017

  From the Desk of Mallory Herridge, Waco Program Director:  Every year the Prosper Waco Summit convenes roughly 400 Waco citizens, nonprofit leaders, school district leaders, employers and industry leaders to celebrate the collective impact initiative’s work each year and remind the community that Prosper Waco is not a single organization--it is an initiative of partner organizations from across the community coming together to address community needs.  This years’ Summit (held on Continue Reading >

Skillpoint’s Database “Hedgehog” Cuts Data Entry in Half

Author: Sean Chitty, IT Manager Photo Credit: Luca Bravo In late 2015, Skillpoint’s admin team began work on developing a new in-house database to better represent the incoming data from participants of the Gateway program. After careful consideration, it became apparent that the best option for successful data collection and integrity would come from an Access database built specifically to serve the needs of our team and funders. Project Hedgehog spent roughly 8 months in beta phase, while Continue Reading >

Giving Tuesday 2017

  Austin, TX (October 27, 2017): We're proud to announce that this year, Skillpoint Alliance is participating in #GivingTuesday to further support individuals determined to join the Skilled Trades or Healthcare industries. Since 1994, we have provided thousands of Central Texans with the opportunity to change or begin a meaningful career through a rapid training model. Our  Gateway program is designed to get individuals of all backgrounds certified, licensed and prepared to enter Continue Reading >

Student Bio: Marcus Carter

Marcus Carter 2017 HVAC (Waco) I came to Skillpoint for the opportunity to obtain a trade, advance my career and learn great skills for job-site work. Upon graduating this program, I plan to use my entry-level skills to join the HVAC industry. I also hope to attend TSTC (Texas State Technical College) to continue my education and further my career. I love helping others, making them laugh and using my experience to teach others something new. I really admire the companies Trane and Continue Reading >

Skillpoint – Waco Quarterly Update

Dear Waco Partners, What an exciting year it has been for our office in Waco! Through a generous support from the Rapoport Foundation, I joined the team in August 2016 as the first Waco Program Director for Skillpoint.  In January we welcomed Dawn Broadwater to the team as our Waco Program Coordinator.  We have expanded Skillpoint’s mission for Central Texas residents through training based on the needs specific to the Waco area and in the past year we have served 54 participants (an 80% Continue Reading >