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Hard Skills & Soft Skills: What’s the Difference?

Hard skills and soft skills are complementary. The right combination of each can make you an irresistible employee, or potential candidate, for employers. Leah Arnold-Smeets from PayScale elaborates further in an article when she says, “It's easy to find job listings, but arguably tougher than ever to stand out from the crowd of qualified applicants.” Merging hard skills and soft skills can be the distinction that sets you apart from other qualified applicants. Hard Skills Hard skills 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 >

Thank You for 21 Years!

On October 6th, Skillpoint celebrated 21 years of building human capital in Central Texas with a cocktail party at the Google Fiber Space in downtown Austin. The event brought together community, education, industry and government leaders from the region, all who play an important role in Skillpoint's work to provide opportunity to residents in Texas.   It was truly a special night for Skillpoint, as two of our program participants shared stories of life change, and we Continue Reading >

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 >

Meet Skillpoint | Board of Directors: Alessandro Piovaccari

This post is part of an ongoing series. Meet Skillpoint, where you will hear from the people behind our work to build human capital in Central Texas.                                                       Skillpoint is happy to introduce the newest member to our board of directors, Alessandro Piovacarri. Alessandro currently serves as the Senior Vice President of  Engineering and CTO at Silicon Labs. After joining the company in 2003,  he successfully designed the company’s Continue Reading >

Meet Skillpoint | Board of Directors: Chris Nieto

This post is part of an ongoing series, Meet Skillpoint, where you will hear from the people behind our work to build human capital in Central Texas.  Skillpoint is pleased to announce another recent appointee to its Board of Directors - Chris Nieto. He is currently president of Qobe Group, a company he formed to advance human capital within organizations, companies, and communities. Aside from Qobe, Chris is active in his community by serving on numerous community Advisory Councils, Continue Reading >

A Spotlight on the Multi-Gen Series: Guadalupe Lopez

On July 6th, Skillpoint launched its multi-generational series that combines adult and children learning to serve entire families through a single program, a first for Skillpoint.  Guadalupe Lopez, a mother of two, was among the first families to enroll in and successfully complete the program. Lopez learned about the multi-gen program through a presentation by Skillpoint's Empower Program. Aware of the technology’s presence in the workplace but not confident in her skills to succeed in the 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’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 >

Meet Skillpoint | Board of Directors: Matt Glazer

At Skillpoint Alliance, our people are our most valuable asset. With the passion and drive of our staff, Board of Directors, and partners, Skillpoint Alliance is able to offer the opportunity of growth and success to more and more Central Texans each year. Today is the first post in our newest blog series, Meet Skillpoint, where we'll give you the opportunity to hear from the incredible people involved in our organization. In May, Skillpoint welcomed six new members to our Board of Continue Reading >