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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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Meet Skillpoint | Board of Directors: Brian Haulotte

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 introduce Brian Haulotte as one of the newest members of Skillpoint’s Board of Directors. Brian attended middle and high school in Austin after relocating from Ann Arbor Michigan, and began his construction career by working as a laborer and carpenter during his high school and college breaks. After graduating Continue Reading >