Our Mission is to lift working adults out of poverty and into living wage careers through education.

printed on: 08-31-2016

Capital IDEA Serves the Community

We connect committed, yet underemployed adults to higher education and to employers in need of highly skilled workers.

We Sponsor the Most Promising Careers Available

By working closely with local employers, we are able to identify growing fields that pay a living wage.

We are Committed to Helping Adults Succeed in College

Don't let the fear of failure hold you back. Our program can help you build on the skills you have, and succeed at the college level.

If You Qualify,
You can Apply!

Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong commitment to their education, and to giving back to the community.

A High School Diploma is No Longer Enough

Low–income adults can double or even triple their earnings potential by completing a two–year Associate's Degree.

Capital IDEA is the Opportunity of a Lifetime

We are an academic sponsorship program for low–income adults who want a great career but are unable to pay for the necessary training.

Orientation is the First Step

In one hour we'll explain how this opportunity could change your life, and how to get started.

Applying Takes Time, Energy, and Dedication!

Show us you're willing to do the work, and we'll do everything we can to support you on your path to a rewarding career.

Experience Success

Since 1998, Capital IDEA has helped nearly 1,200 Central Texans graduate and gain a new career.

We Invest in You!

We believe that investing in the education of low–income adults positively impacts our entire community.

Your Path to a Brighter Future!

Completing a college level program can mean a better life for your entire family.

Our most recent posts...

TechUp: Career Expressway



TechUp: Earn more and move up by completing your degree in tech. Capital IDEA is a Career Expressway Partner with Austin Community College (ACC). Together we are helping hard working, low-income adults succeed in Tech Careers. ACC provides the self-paced training and stackable credentials while Capital IDEA offers financial assistance for tuition, books and childcare. Learn more »

Capital IDEA’s 2015 Annual Report Now Online!

Posted: April 15th, 2016


Dear Supporters,

I’m excited to share our 2015 Annual Report with you and all of our advocates, donors, and stakeholders. This year’s report includes stories shared by our graduate speakers at this year’s Celebration of Achievements Luncheon in February, and a few highlights from the past year, including my visit to the White House as part of a delegation representing Austin. I’m also eager to update you on the launch of the Career Expressway, and a prestigious award we received from the Texas Economic Development Council! Read the report: Capital IDEA – 2015 Annual Report.

Thank you for all your support!

Steve Jackobs
Executive Director

Big News – Paid Internships!

Posted: June 26th, 2015

tech-laptop-txtCapital IDEA has some exciting news – our education partner, Austin Community College, has made 100 paid internships available for three Tech Career programs listed below. If you are on the fence about going back to school, consider this – training will now include a year of paid, real work experience. As with our other sponsored careers, Capital IDEA fully funds tuition, books and fees for qualified participants. Tech careers are taking off in Central Texas – you need a great job; employers need great people. Don’t miss this opportunity.

Software Testing | Computer Support | Network Administration
These three Tech Associate Degree programs are designed for individuals with little to no previous experience. Austin Community College has redesigned the first four courses to focus on building fundamental skills. We’ll cover program details at Orientation. You must attend an Orientation to apply.

Learn more & get started: Come to our next Tech Orientation, or download our Tech flyer (pdf)