Workforce

Student Bio: Marcus Carter

Marcus Carter 2017 HVAC (Waco) I came to Skillpoint for the opportunity to obtain a trade, advance my career and learn great skills for job-site work. Upon graduating this program, I plan to use my entry-level skills to join the HVAC industry. I also hope to attend TSTC (Texas State Technical College) to continue my education and further my career. I love helping others, making them laugh and using my experience to teach others something new. I really admire the companies Trane and 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 >

Student Bio: Brentlee Allen

"Prior to coming to the [Gateway] program, my life was full of unexpected twists and turns. I was on probation when the HVAC certification program began at Skillpoint, but the staff and instructor believed in me and allowed me to attend class without missing any probation meeting or my job. One day, Capstone Mechanical's HR rep came to speak to our class about what it looked like to work for their company, and explain the process for applying. I knew Capstone was a great company to work for Continue Reading >

October is Careers in Construction Month

Over 15 states in the past three years have declared October as Careers in Construction Month. This dedication has allowed companies like Build Your Future and National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), to promote the construction trade and celebrate individuals who chose the vocational route for education. For Skillpoint, our story began with the construction industry. In 1994, our organization (formerly known as the Capital Area Training Foundation) was created by the Continue Reading >

Connecting Food & Futures at Williamson County Juvenile Center

For the past four years, Skillpoint Alliance has been partnered with the Williamson County Juvenile Detention Facility to provide students with a three week Culinary certification training, which ends with the students hosting a pop-up restaurant at the local Eastview High School in Georgetown. Alongside their instructor, Mike Longtain, the ten students selected to participate in the certification program spent hours each day in the industrial-style kitchen learning techniques and recipes 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 >

Bringing It All Together: Celebrate National Welding Month!

We are in the midst of National Welding Month, and if you’re someone who does not already have it circled on your calendar, get ready to learn why this is exciting for Central Texans. As the American Welding Society says, “Welding is literally the glue of the modern world.” What’s not to get excited about? Last summer, MyStatesman.com highlighted a problem that we’re still experiencing in Austin: a shortage of skilled workers in welding to fill jobs as the industry grows and many employees Continue Reading >

4 Tips to Help Your Job Search

Job searching can be an emotionally draining and time consuming experience. Getting rejection emails, phone calls or even no reply at all can wear down even the most optimistic job seeker. If you are just beginning the job hunt or have been searching for a long time, keeping in a productive frame of mind can be a challenge. The following is a list of tips and tricks that can be a helpful change of pace for the job search. Set specific work time Online applications can take hours to Continue Reading >