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

printed on: 05-23-2015

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...

Job Posting: Program Manager

Posted: April 29th, 2015

hiringCapital IDEA seeks a full-time Program Manager to lead a passionate team of Career Navigators. The Program Manager will oversee the quality and consistency of Capital IDEA’s direct services, implement innovative program changes and lead the team in best practices. Capital IDEA offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary based on experience.

Please send resume and cover letter addressed to Mrs. Eva Rios-Lleverino, with salary requirements to employment@capitalidea.org. Capital IDEA is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural diversity in the workforce. Position open until filled.

Starting salary: $55-60,000
Deadline to apply: May 20, 2015
Job Description:  Program Manager (pdf).

NEW – Monthly Orientations for Tech Careers

Posted: April 22nd, 2015

tech-careers-flyer-thumbStarting May 2015 Capital IDEA will host monthly Orientations to recruit new participants in Tech Careers. The five tech careers we sponsor provide an opportunity to low-income adults to break into the high tech field. Starting salaries for these careers are moderate around $14/hour but keep growing as you gain skills and experience. Austin has become home to numerous tech companies who need skilled workers. You don’t need any previous experience, just a willingness to learn. Attend an orientation to learn more.

2014 Annual Report Now On-line

Posted: April 17th, 2015

AR2014-email-bannerCapital IDEA 2014 Annual Report
Enjoy the highlights of 2014, including impressive earnings gains for our graduates placed last year (pg. 3) and the 15th anniversary of the College Prep Academy, at which we celebrated and thanked one of our founding math teachers, Ted Rachofsky (pg. 10).
Capital IDEA – 2014 Annual Report (pdf)

$50K Matching Challenge from the Nowlin Family

Posted: March 18th, 2015

Match Offered to New Donors and Alumni Donors

Longtime supporters, the Nowlin family, are encouraging others to become first-time donors to Capital IDEA with this generous offer: For the remainder of 2015, the Nowlin family will match, dollar for dollar, all donations made by either a new donor or a Capital IDEA graduate, up to a total of $50,000! Donors who set up recurring donations will have the entire amount given in 2015 matched. Donate now, to see your gift doubled.


Read more: Nowlin Family Commitment Letter to Capital IDEA Alumni

Amplify Austin 2015 – Help Us Raise $15K!

Posted: January 26th, 2015

Amplify-Austin-2015-GOALAmplify Capital IDEA! This year, the St. David’s Foundation has donated $1 Million to be competitively awarded to their non-profit partners. The more we raise in 24 hours, the bigger our match will be. Help us earn those matching dollars!:
Donation now!

Our goal for 2015 is to raise $15K in 24 hours. We need your help – please share our message and encourage your friends, family and co-works to give to Captial IDEA during Amplify Austin:
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Amplify Austin 2015
March 5th – 6th, 6pm – 6pm
24 hours to crank up the giving.

Offices Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Posted: January 16th, 2015

office-closureCapital IDEA will be closed Monday, January 19th for the MLK holiday. We will open at 8:30 am Tuesday for the first day of class and the start of a new semester. Welcome back students!