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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 >

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 >

Nonprofits and Information: Creating Success

Nonprofits are a valuable part of our community- always looking for ways to improve program delivery and reach more people who could benefit from their assistance. Of course, there are challenges, but organizations rarely let that stop them from graduating more workforce-ready community members or bringing more kids to camp. Skillpoint's Communications and Data Coordinator, Gina Watts, also a graduate student in Information Studies at the University of Texas, saw these efforts and wanted to Continue Reading >

Applications Open for NTEN’s 2nd Digital Inclusion Fellowship!

Great news! Skillpoint has been selected for the second year as a City Host for The Nonprofit Technology Network’s (NTEN) Digital Inclusion Fellowship. Last year, NTEN announced its first ever Digital Inclusion Fellowship (DIF), in partnership with Google Fiber. In an effort to increase digital literacy and broadband adoption in digitally divided communities, NTEN placed 16 Fellows in locally-based organizations in eight cities across the country. This year we’re one of the now 11 cities to Continue Reading >

Proud to Present: Our 2014-15 Annual Report

We are proud to unveil our 2014-15 Annual Report! If you’re looking for details about our program success over the last year, look no further. Here are a few highlights: We continued to expand our programs, starting in Waco, and offered a record number of courses We provided over 15,000 hours of instruction across all programs We served 5,476 Texans with our programs We achieved a Gateway graduation rate of 89% We empowered 200 Austinites with computer proficiency skills We helped Continue Reading >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

SXSW Awards Skillpoint with a Community Fund Grant

Skillpoint is excited to announce that we have received a 2015-16 SXSW Community Fund Grant! SXSW Community Fund Grants recognize solutions to local community issues, especially when they can improve the lives of the underprivileged or disenfranchised, as they relate to one of the following events in the SXSW family: Music, Film, Interactive, SXSWedu and SXSW Eco. The $10,000 grant with a focus on technology will go toward Skillpoint's POWERUp Velocity Prep program, a high school internship Continue Reading >