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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 >

The Glue of Gateway: Checking In for Success

Written By | Steven Harris, Program Retention Coordinator Skillpoint Alliance’s Gateway Program is a very unique opportunity for people who are on a path to self- restoration. It serves as a beacon of hope for those individuals who are undereducated, low-income, and/or ex-offenders. Gateway also provides an outlet for individuals looking for workforce training and education without accruing mountains of debt. My name is Steven Harris, I am the Programs Retention Coordinator for Skillpoint’s 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 >

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 >