Capital IDEA

Every Step Gets You Closer

Applying is a process that takes time and dedication to complete.
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Step 1: Attend a Career Up

Attend in person or online! Whichever option you choose, your CareerUp information session will give you all the information you need to understand how our program works and how to get started. Sign up today!

Attend In Person

CareerUp: Travis County

Monday, Feb 24, 2020, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Austin Public Library Manchaca Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX, United States 78745


Apply Online

Learn more about our program and get started by using our guided, step-by-step application process online.

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Step 2: Complete an Application

Your CareerUp information session will provide you the instructions, documents, and links you need to complete your application. Be sure to finish Step 1 before you dive into Step 2.

Download an application packet (PDF)
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Application Process for Capital IDEA program

Step 3: Take a Basic Skills Assessment

This step will help us assess your current reading and math levels. In addition, you will complete a professional skills and interest assessment. Your results from this step will help us build your individual education plan.

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Step 4: Your First Interview

Meet with Career Guidance staff who will walk you through the program and:

  • Review your assessment results
  • Discuss your plan to successfully balance your life as a full-time student
  • Verify your income qualification and budget
  • Discuss your career goals and any potential challenges
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Step 5: Your Commitment Interview

In this final interview, a Director will talk with you about your commitment, your career choice, and how you plan to give back to the community once you graduate. A final decision on your acceptance will be made at this step.