Gateway

Building Professional Characteristics

Job hunting can be daunting at times, but once you get the position, it may be even harder to start off on the right foot. At Skillpoint our participants receive both hands-on training and soft skills (or professional development) practice to ensure they are successful once they enter the industry of their choice. Previously incorporated into our Construction and Healthcare curricula, was one day of professional development where participants would conduct mock interviews, build their resume Continue Reading >

#MyGivingStory – Sarah Gebhardt

As Giving Tuesday 2017 approaches, we asked our staff member Sarah to tell us her #GivingStory about why she gives back to the Central Texas community through her career at Skillpoint. "I began volunteering with Skillpoint Alliance (Austin, TX) approximately six years ago while they were running First LEGO League robotics competitions for Central Texas. Little did I know though, is that the Skillpoint staff was not only changing lives for teens interested in STEM careers, but they were also Continue Reading >

Life After Gateway: Joining an Apprenticeship

Happy #NationalApprenticeshipWeek from Skillpoint Alliance!   As a pre-apprenticeship modeled program, our Electrical certification at Skillpoint Alliance provides every students with the opportunity to learn about the apprenticeship programs offered by the Local IBEW 520 Union and by IEC (Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.), and then can decide which program would be beneficial for their personal career goals. The Local IBEW 520 Union is a 5 year program designed to match Continue Reading >

Prosper Waco Summit 2017

  From the Desk of Mallory Herridge, Waco Program Director:  Every year the Prosper Waco Summit convenes roughly 400 Waco citizens, nonprofit leaders, school district leaders, employers and industry leaders to celebrate the collective impact initiative’s work each year and remind the community that Prosper Waco is not a single organization--it is an initiative of partner organizations from across the community coming together to address community needs.  This years’ Summit (held on Continue Reading >

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 >