Workforce

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 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: Taking Leadership with the Velocity Program

Educating and encouraging our youth to become leaders is an important step towards fulfilling our mission of providing educational opportunities that lead to college and career success for our citizens. At Skillpoint Alliance, we provide various programs that help students experience the innovation of STEM related careers and education that are essential to competing in today's competitive job market. Our velocity program in particular, provides high school students with over 120 hours of 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 >

Learning to Build Soft Skills On and Off the Battlefield

The US Army has a saying, “train as you fight.” I learned this saying while training a group of US Army Veterans in Killeen, TX. The group was taking an eight week intensive Gateway training in order to secure work in the civilian world as Electrical Apprentices. My role at Skillpoint is to provide Professional Development training, which includes topics known as “soft skills” like professional communication, customer service, and conflict management. During the training, a debate arose Continue Reading >

Event Recap: 17th Annual College and Career Expo

High school students from all over Central Texas gathered together early in the morning on October 10th at the Skillpoint Alliance’s 17th annual College and Career Expo. 3000 students came to receive information and guidance for choosing their post-secondary education and future career path. The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and Skillpoint Alliance hosted the 17th Annual College & Career Expo, presented by Samsung Austin Semiconductor, CCE included comprehensive information on college Continue Reading >

Skillpoint Alliance Adult Workforce Program Graduates Receive Local Awards

Workforce Solutions Capital Area celebrated their 5th Annual Awards Luncheon by recognizing businesses and individuals for their achievements in professional development. Three of the five individual awardees to receive special recognition were graduates of the Gateway program at Skillpoint Alliance, which provides training and education for those in need, preparing individuals for entry-level employment in four to eight weeks. The awardees were Felipe Salinas, Ian Lawler, and Abighail 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 >

Why everyone should learn the basics of WordPress

Since we've geared up to launch the NEXT Intermediate Job Training program, we've often been asked how we decided on the classes. The truth is that it was easy; we listened to our industry and business partners, then listened some more, then asked for more feedback, then decided. We wanted each of these trainings to provide the maximum benefit to our mid-career workforce and the training topics we chose came out on top. One that we are particularly excited about is the Wordpress training. We Continue Reading >

Do some good for your karma and your home with a Be Handy workshop

This summer, our Adult Workforce team is leading DIY home repair workshops to provide additional revenue to bring our job training and computer literacy programs to more Central Texans in 2013. These classes are led by experienced instructors who can show you all of the secrets to home repair and DIY. Participants will learn how to: purchase and use the five essential tools (May 15) install and change light switches (May 22) do a professional-level caulk and tiling job (May 29) cover Continue Reading >