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

printed on: 04-16-2014

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 1,000 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...

2013 Annual Report – 15 Years and Counting!

Dear Friends of Capital IDEA,

I’m very excited to share our 2013 Annual Report with all of you – our advocates, donors, and stakeholders! Thanks to your support, Capital IDEA reached two important milestones last year. We placed our 1,000th adult into a high-paying career (read about Elizabeth’s journey on page 5) and we celebrated our 15th anniversary serving Central Texas. I hope you enjoy the many success stories included in our report and know that your support is truly making an impact: 2013 Annual Report.

Here’s looking forward to another successful 15 years!

Steve Jackobs
Executive Director

Orientations Travis County – Special Recruitment Georgetown Area

Capital IDEA has two upcoming Orientations for Travis County residents – March 31st and April 8th.
View the Travis County Orientation Flyer (pdf).
Help us spread the word – share on Facebook!

Special Recruitment effort for Georgetown Area – April 8th.
View the Georgetown Orientation Flyer (pdf). Specific qualifications are listed on the flyer. If you have questions please contact Hector Aguayo, Career Guidance Specialist.

Thank You for Amplifying Capital IDEA – We Met Our Goal!

amplify-ci-profile-pic6 Thanks to the amazing generosity of 52 individuals (alumni, staff, board, new & ongoing donors), we raised a GRAND TOTAL of $11,640! This includes the substantial 50% match of $3,880 from our partners at the St David’s Foundation which helped us surpass our goal of raising $10,000 in 24 hours. THANK YOU to everyone who donated, spread the word, and cheered us on!

“My husband and I really like that you pick clients and help them with whatever is necessary in their life to move them onward toward a decent paying job. The concept of teaching a person to fish rather than just giving them fish to eat makes a long term impact for several generations.” – Kathleen, first time donor to Capital IDEA.

Capital IDEA Offices Delayed Open Tuesday, March 4

Following ACC’s schedule, Capital IDEA Offices in Austin and Round Rock will delay opening tomorrow, Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, until 11:00 am. Capital IDEA participants, please check the ACC website for updates before heading to your classes. If you are an applicant scheduled to test Tuesday 9am, please call our office after 11am to reschedule. We will get you in as soon as possible, 512-457-8610. Ask for Hector.

Amplify Capital IDEA During Amplify Austin’s 24 Hours of Giving

donate-btnStarting at 6:00 pm on March 20th, donors have 24 hours to give to Capital IDEA through the Amplify Austin website and have their gift amplified by sponsors of Amplify Austin and by a generous match from the St. David’s Foundation which matches fifty cents to every dollar donated to Capital IDEA. You don’t have to wait – you can schedule your gift now.

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A wonderful celebration – Thank you for joining us!

IMG_0040 Celebration of Achievement Luncheon ~ Wednesday, February 19th, 2014.
We had a wonderful time yesterday recognizing our 2013 graduates and celebrating our 15th anniversary of serving Central Texas. We couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to celebrate with. Thank you for joining us! And a big thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible – St. David’s HealthCare, Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP, PMG, and Gray & Becker, P.C. You can view pictures of the event here: Celebration of Achievements Facebook Photo Album.