Celebrate the Holidays with Skillpoint!

At Skillpoint, we envision a community where every person is given the opportunity for success through access to education and training. Many of the people we serve experience significant barriers to success, and are looking for a way to overcome. Skillpoint has the opportunity to offer hope through providing relevant, industry-led education and training to help Central Texans reach self-sufficiency. This holiday season, we want to ask for your support in building human capital, and invite Continue Reading >

Student Spotlight: Dragonots Roaring Toward the 2015 FLL Season

It’s that time of year: FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams across central Texas are gearing up for competition by putting final touches on their projects and brushing up their code. We had the opportunity to catch up with Allison Dragonots, who were interviewed by FIRST in Texas a year ago. There is a lot of preparation that goes into an FLL season, both for the teams and for Skillpoint. Our Robotics Coordinator Noah is hard at work securing plans for the competitions in early December, and Continue Reading >

President Obama Proclaims National Apprenticeship Week

Hats off to President Obama for proclaiming November 1st through November 7th National Apprenticeship Week! Apprenticeship training provides hands on job training as well as relevant classroom instruction to teach skills to individuals in the fields of manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and other industries. These opportunities build up a workforce necessary in society, while also giving individuals the skills required to earn a living wage. Right now, our country is Continue Reading >

Game Jam: From Idea to Reality

If you're unfamiliar with a Game Jam, think of it as a weekend filled with teams of industry amateurs and students who develop game ideas and bring them to life through rapid prototyping. Skillpoint’s hope for Game Jam is that aspiring game developers will share experiences and explore artistic expression through designing video games, resulting in educational game designs going to market. Casey Donnellan did just that, by designing Blue Marble, which was released on October 14th and is now Continue Reading >

Thank You for 21 Years!

On October 6th, Skillpoint celebrated 21 years of building human capital in Central Texas with a cocktail party at the Google Fiber Space in downtown Austin. The event brought together community, education, industry and government leaders from the region, all who play an important role in Skillpoint's work to provide opportunity to residents in Texas.   It was truly a special night for Skillpoint, as two of our program participants shared stories of life change, and we Continue Reading >

Cat Newlands named to 2016 Leadership Austin Essential Class!

We're thrilled to share that one of Skillpoint’s own, Deputy Director Cat Newlands, has been selected as part of the 2016 Essential Class of Leadership Austin! For years, Cat has been intrigued by the mission of Leadership Austin, but focused on dedicating her time outside of work to her family. This year when the opportunity presented itself, it was perfect timing to get involved, and Cat is beyond excited for this journey as part of the Essential Class. In Cat's words, the mission of Continue Reading >

Meet Skillpoint | Board of Directors: Alessandro Piovaccari

This post is part of an ongoing series. Meet Skillpoint, where you will hear from the people behind our work to build human capital in Central Texas.                                                       Skillpoint is happy to introduce the newest member to our board of directors, Alessandro Piovacarri. Alessandro currently serves as the Senior Vice President of  Engineering and CTO at Silicon Labs. After joining the company in 2003,  he successfully designed the company’s Continue Reading >

A living, breathing headquarters in East Austin

  It's with excitement and anticipation that Skillpoint Alliance announces the vision for a new eco-friendly HQ in East Austin. The proposed Skillpoint Alliance Innovation Center is intended to expand capacity for workforce training and STEM programs, and be a beacon of training, learning and resources for the community. The facility will provide easier access to the organization's programs for many of Skillpoint's participants, be built with BONE Structure technology, and feature Continue Reading >

Meet Skillpoint | Board of Directors: Chris Nieto

This post is part of an ongoing series, Meet Skillpoint, where you will hear from the people behind our work to build human capital in Central Texas.  Skillpoint is pleased to announce another recent appointee to its Board of Directors - Chris Nieto. He is currently president of Qobe Group, a company he formed to advance human capital within organizations, companies, and communities. Aside from Qobe, Chris is active in his community by serving on numerous community Advisory Councils, Continue Reading >

A Spotlight on the Multi-Gen Series: Guadalupe Lopez

On July 6th, Skillpoint launched its multi-generational series that combines adult and children learning to serve entire families through a single program, a first for Skillpoint.  Guadalupe Lopez, a mother of two, was among the first families to enroll in and successfully complete the program. Lopez learned about the multi-gen program through a presentation by Skillpoint's Empower Program. Aware of the technology’s presence in the workplace but not confident in her skills to succeed in the Continue Reading >