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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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >