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Community Resources: Where to Find Them

This is the fourth 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.   Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, yet it is also one of the most caring. You get the general sense that everyone has each others’ back. It is a big city with a small town mentality. There is a lot of community support, but locating the Continue Reading >

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 >

A Velocity Facilitator’s Perspective: Alyssa Studer

This is a guest blog post by Alyssa Studer, a Velocity program facilitator for Summer 2016. In the Velocity program, a group of 20 high school students form a consulting company, and work with an industry client to develop a solution to a real-world problem. The group of students Alyssa just worked with developed a web application to help WP Engine track the health of their servers.  Self-motivated, hardworking, enthusiastic, and collaborative. These are all adjectives that describe Continue Reading >

Community Resources: Online Learning

This is the third 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. Paying for education can be costly. Here are some online resources to assist you in finding affordable education where you can learn at your own pace. These sites offer courses in math, science, programming, coding, and more. The material varies from K-12 resources all the 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 >

Skillpoint’s Velocity Students Impact Austin and Beyond

Interested in forming a partnership with our Velocity program? Contact us at velocity@skillpointalliance.org. This spring, students from Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders teamed up to solve real world problems in the Austin area and beyond through Skillpoint's Velocity program. The students partnered with Meals on Wheels, HOPE for Senegal, and the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) to design solar panels, mobile-friendly applications and a self sustaining garden that 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 >