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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 >

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 >

Skillpoint – Austin Quarterly Update

Greetings to all of our amazing partners, alumni and friends! This has been a great quarter for Skillpoint Alliance. Our team has accomplished some incredible things for the organization. Our Gateway graduation rate jumped to an all time high of 94% during the 2nd quarter; and our current employment rates have also exceeded all previous quarters for Skillpoint. This is without question a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team and the commitment from our students. We have been Continue Reading >

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 >

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 >