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Empowerment through Mouse Clicks

The Digital Divide in Central Texas is disallowing individuals from advancing in their careers, or even gaining meaningful employment due to their lack of simple computer skills. For Skillpoint Alliance, creating the Empower program was a way to reach the Austin community and introduce a basic understanding of how to operate a laptop, utilize Microsoft Office & Google applications, and practice typing in order to land a position in the technology-based working world. According to the Continue Reading >

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 >

Nonprofits and Information: Creating Success

Nonprofits are a valuable part of our community- always looking for ways to improve program delivery and reach more people who could benefit from their assistance. Of course, there are challenges, but organizations rarely let that stop them from graduating more workforce-ready community members or bringing more kids to camp. Skillpoint's Communications and Data Coordinator, Gina Watts, also a graduate student in Information Studies at the University of Texas, saw these efforts and wanted to Continue Reading >

An Intern’s Perspective: Alyssa Ortel

I spent the past few months as a Communications Intern at Skillpoint Alliance. Throughout the years I have worked in jobs where I was a cog in the machine working a minor role. Skillpoint Alliance has been a refreshing contrast to those experiences. It is an innovate, supportive and collaborative environment. My mentor Lindsay and I had weekly check-ins to stay on the same page; she always made sure I was satisfied with the experience I was gaining through my internship. I learned about Continue Reading >

Community Resources: Continuing Your Education

This is the second post in a 4-part series around a variety of community resources available. Check back for more information on education, life and online resources, or check out our full list of Community Resources.   One barrier to landing your ideal job may be a lack of training and/or education. At Skillpoint, we offer a variety of training programs to prepare adults and students for the workforce. In addition, there are many resources in the community to continue Continue Reading >

Health Care Industry Continually Growing

A quick search through local news provides many examples of the relevance of the health care industry in our everyday lives. Last week the residents of Round Rock, TX came together to attempt to set a world record for most people in the state certified in CPR. Likewise local UT scientists recently published a study in the journal “eLife,” detailing new findings about the size and capacity of human memory. Another example of health care's value is how Seton and the Dell Children’s Medical Center 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 >