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

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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...

Career Expressway Postcards Sent Out

Posted: July 21st, 2015

Career-Expressway-postcard-webIf you’ve received our postcard and you have more questions, please feel free to call our office: 512-457-8610.

You can also learn more about the three Tech Careers we are sponsoring. Fact sheets (pdfs): Computer Support | Network Admin | Software Tester.

You may also want to take a look at our Qualifications, and our Orientation page – remember you must attend Orientation Wed., Aug. 5th to apply for fall enrollment.

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)

College Prep – A free class gets you college ready!

Posted: June 15th, 2015

college prep classCapital IDEA awards hundreds of sponsorships each year. Did you know that many of those students start out in our College Prep Academy? College Prep is a supportive learning environment and classes are taught by dedicated instructors. If you need to build your math and reading skills before starting college courses, College Prep will help you do just that. Tuition is completely paid for by Capital IDEA. Apply now for our class starting in August. In one semester, you’ll make enormous progress, gain confidence and most importantly – you’ll be ready to start college level courses the next semester!

Attend our next College Prep Orientation: Tuesday, July 7, 12:00 pm, Workforce Solutions Capital Area, 6505 Airport Blvd., Ste 101, Austin, TX 78752

Help us improve our website – take a 5 question survey!

Posted: June 2nd, 2015

Over the next year, Capital IDEA will be making big updates to our website. Help us plan and prioritize by taking a quick 5 question survey. Thank you!

Start Survey: Capital IDEA website Survey powered by Google Forms

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)