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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 >

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 >

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 >

Student Spotlight: Dragonots Roaring Toward the 2015 FLL Season

It’s that time of year: FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams across central Texas are gearing up for competition by putting final touches on their projects and brushing up their code. We had the opportunity to catch up with Allison Dragonots, who were interviewed by FIRST in Texas a year ago. There is a lot of preparation that goes into an FLL season, both for the teams and for Skillpoint. Our Robotics Coordinator Noah is hard at work securing plans for the competitions in early December, and 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 >

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 >

Skillpoint Alliance Kicks Off its First Gateway Course in Waco

Skillpoint's mission of building human capital has recently expanded to Waco, and we are now offering our Gateway program in the area! Our Gateway program provides rapid workforce training to adults seeking entry-level employment in industries experiencing a significant skills gap, such as construction or nursing. KWTX 10 in Waco recently featured Skillpoint Alliance's first Waco-based Certified Nurse Aide class. To find out more, check out the clip below!   We're currently 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 >

Summer Educator Institutes presented by Skillpoint

This summer, Skillpoint is proud to present two free Educator Institutes in partnership with Transformation Central. The workshops focus on giving administrators, teachers and coaches the tools needed to develop a STEM internship or bring Day of Code to their school.  If you're an educator looking to increase access to science, technology, engineering and math at your campus,  join us for one of our workshops this summer! For more information on each of the Institutes: Day of Code How Continue Reading >