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From Africa to Austin: How a passion for STEM crossed the Atlantic Ocean

Skillpoint is excited to introduce its new Velocity Program Lead, Sara Silva. Sara specializes in sparking students’ interest in STEM-related fields by connecting them with industry and community via relevant, hands-on work experience through the Velocity program. At Skillpoint, Sara oversees the delivery of the Velocity program; connects with schools and industry partners; and trains Velocity facilitators to ensure quality of the program. Before joining Skillpoint, Sara spent 20 years in Continue Reading >

Job Hunting in the Digital Age: Reputation, Resumes & Video Interviews

This post was written by guest blogger, Vera M. Reed. Vera is a former educator and current blogger in Southern California who enjoys writing on a range of topics in the realm of education.  Job hunting used to be a dreaded, physically demanding as well as time consuming task. However, the situation changed drastically with the arrival of internet. Now the employers just had to post their requirements on various job sites and the seekers just had to upload their resume in the same.  But Continue Reading >

Community Resources: Overcoming Everyday Obstacles

This is the first 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.   Many residents in Austin want to better themselves; give their family a better life, give their children better opportunities, and overcome the obstacles in the way of achieving their personal and professional goals. Unfortunately, overcoming those obstacles can be Continue Reading >

A Wedding, Skillpoint Style

When Ashley signed up for Skillpoint’s Gateway program, she expected to learn valuable skills  and have the opportunity to advance her career as a Certified Nurse Aide. What she didn’t expect was for the experience to end with a wedding. Cody and Ashley were childhood friends, and first met because their families attended the same church. They lost touch growing up as the families went separate ways, but reconnected through Facebook as adults. A new friendship flourished and eventually led to Continue Reading >

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 >

Gateway Graduate Highlight: Tom Saunders

Tom Saunders was taught the value of education and responsibility at an early age. Growing up in Erie, Pennsylvania, Tom recalls the required order of events each day after school: finish your homework, do your chores, and then you can go out to play. The day following his high school graduation, his mom knocked on his bedroom door and said, “Now, it’s time for you to find a job.” It’s this value of education and character that Tom still carries with him today. Per his mother’s instruction, Continue Reading >

Celebrate the Holidays with Skillpoint!

At Skillpoint, we envision a community where every person is given the opportunity for success through access to education and training. Many of the people we serve experience significant barriers to success, and are looking for a way to overcome. Skillpoint has the opportunity to offer hope through providing relevant, industry-led education and training to help Central Texans reach self-sufficiency. This holiday season, we want to ask for your support in building human capital, and invite Continue Reading >

President Obama Proclaims National Apprenticeship Week

Hats off to President Obama for proclaiming November 1st through November 7th National Apprenticeship Week! Apprenticeship training provides hands on job training as well as relevant classroom instruction to teach skills to individuals in the fields of manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and other industries. These opportunities build up a workforce necessary in society, while also giving individuals the skills required to earn a living wage. Right now, our country is Continue Reading >