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Skillpoint Alliance Kicks Off its First Gateway Course in Waco

Skillpoint's mission of building human capital has recently expanded to Waco, and we are now offering our Gateway program in the area! Our Gateway program provides rapid workforce training to adults seeking entry-level employment in industries experiencing a significant skills gap, such as construction or nursing. KWTX 10 in Waco recently featured Skillpoint Alliance's first Waco-based Certified Nurse Aide class. To find out more, check out the clip below!   We're currently Continue Reading >

Skillpoint’s Pilot Multi-Generational Program Featured on Next City

Our pilot multi-generational series launched on July 6, and this week we're thrilled to be featured on Next City! Next City is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities by creating media and events around the world. Their news website features best practices from around the country, and we're so honored to be included. Our multi-gen program combines the Empower Computer Proficiency Course with our STEM Innovation Camps, giving Continue Reading >

Skillpoint Alliance selected for Google Fiber’s new Digital Inclusion Fellowship

Skillpoint Alliance is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as a participant in Google Fiber's first-ever Digital Inclusion Fellowship. As one of two Austin organizations chosen to participate, we're excited to to use our 20 years of expertise, skill and commitment to take on the challenge of narrowing the digital divide in Austin. In an ever-increasing digital society, access to the web can open doors of opportunity - from finding housing or employment, to keeping in touch with Continue Reading >

Student Spotlight: Finding Your Path to Success Through The Gateway Program

The Gateway Rapid Workforce Training Program at Skillpoint Alliance provides valuable training and education for Texans looking to gain the skills and knowledge to successfully attain entry-level employment. In just four to eight weeks, participants who enroll in the Gateway Program can become certified in the Construction, Machine Operator, HVAC, Electrical or Nursing fields. They also learn soft skills such as preparing a resume, acing a job interview and communicating professionally with Continue Reading >

Student Spotlight: FIRST Robotics Team the Lady Cans

Girl Scouts of Central Texas FIRST Robotics Team #2881, known as the Lady Cans, is a group of talented young women who year after year participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The troop is led by Girl Scout Mentor Susie Rich, an important role model for the girls on the importance of upholding the values of FIRST and Girl Scouts. As a team they exemplify the power of teamwork, organization, and commitment to excellence The Lady Cans work hard both off season and during the building Continue Reading >

Skillpoint Alliance Honored at Austin Chamber Business Awards

Skillpoint Alliance is proud to announce that they have been awarded the Blackbaud & Entreprenuers Foundation Non-Profit Award by the Austin Chamber of Commerce. The official announcement was made last night at the 2014 Greater Austin Business Awards, and our office has been a buzz since receiving the monumental news. Every year The Austin Chamber of Commerce awards businesses in the Austin area who have achieved outstanding milestones for the community. Executive Director Margo Dover is Continue Reading >

Survey highlights need for soft skills development in new grads

Summer is hiring season for many tech firms, but not all IT grads are ready for the workforce. According to a survey of Chief Information Officers from Robert Half Technologies, one in four respondents said entry-level employees weren't ready to contribute to the workplace. Over half (55 percent) said a lack of communication and leadership skills was to blame. We've heard this many times before. New employees can learn and perfect technical skills on the job, but an understanding of Continue Reading >

Adult Workforce Council Panel Discusses the Challenges of Transitioning Veterans

Last Tuesday, the Adult Workforce Council invited veteran advocacy groups, community partners and employers from across central Texas to participate in a panel about how our community can better address the employment barriers of military veterans. All veterans encounter barriers when transitioning to the civilian workforce. These include: Communicating your skills-- Job descriptions in the military don't always match up with what a company wants to see on a resume or even which fields or Continue Reading >

Article Highlights Need for Construction Industry

We know we are a little late to the game on this one, but we need to share it. A recent USA Today article “Construction Industry Faces Worker Shortage” makes the perfect platform for explaining why workforce development matters: 2.2 million= the number of jobs the construction industry shed from January 2007 until last year Those construction workers aren’t coming back to work. Many leveraged their construction skills for a career in oil and gas drilling, trucking or factories. Now, as Continue Reading >

Introducing Our Blog

If you haven’t noticed, this Skillpoint site is quite a change from what was previously at skillpointalliance.org. As a company, we decided that we need to do more to reach out to our community about workforce development.  We launched a whole new website and blog to do just that. The easiest way to describe workforce development is with a metaphor. We’re not giving a man a fish so he can eat for a day. We’re speaking with local marine biologists, fish sellers, restaurants, small businesses Continue Reading >