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Learn about many careers that provide growth and stability.

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The demand for specialized trades and technology professionals has steadily increased over the years. In a growing city like Austin, construction, maintenance, and specialized mechanics companies are seeking employees to keep up with the demand.

Competitive salaries and stability are some of the many benefits that this industry has to offer.

Over4K Stats Tech and trades

We invite you to discover the best degree option that matches your interests and career goals.

Capital IDEA’s degree options lead to occupations that offer:

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  • A living wage
  • Benefits
  • Opportunities for professional growth
  • Openings with local employers

The Program Benefits

Capital IDEA offers financial assistance to qualified students
in the following ways:

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MONEY FOR SCHOOL

ACC is paid directly to cover tuition.

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FUNDING FOR BOOKS

Book vouchers are provided to cover the cost of textbooks.

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CHILDCARE

Childcare assistance covers a substantial portion of childcare costs.

In addition to Austin Community College, local Unions offer specific programs and degree paths for our Trades and Technology program.
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Technology Careers that offer Associate Degrees

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CAD – COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN

You’ll Attend: ACC

About: Using computer aided design (CAD) software, drafters produce technical drawings for a wide range of industries, including architecture, construction, manufacturing, and semiconductor fabrication (computer chips).

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING WITH WEB PROGRAMMING SPECIALIZATION

You’ll Attend: ACC

About: Computer programming involves the development programming language, or instructions, for the computer to perform.

POWER TECHNOLOGY

You’ll Attend: ACC

About: Power technicians troubleshoot, repair, and maintain electric power systems typically found at utility power plants.

RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNICIAN

You’ll Attend: ACC

About: Renewable energy technicians install, preserve, and repair equipment that uses natural resources to create power and utilities.

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ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN

You’ll Attend: ACC

About: Electronics technicians help develop, preserve and repair the electronic components and equipment of electronic devices.

UTILITY LINEWORKER

You’ll Attend: ACC

About: High atop utility poles, utility linemen maintain and upgrade the electricity grid and communication lines (cable and telephone).

LAND SURVEYING TECHNOLOGY & GEOMATICS

You’ll Attend:ACC

About: Land surveyors either work indoors using CAD (computer aided drafting) and processing survey data, or they work outdoors mapping the Earth’s surface to show topographical features and boundaries of property or political borders.

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Professional Trades that offer Associate Degrees

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AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN

You’ll Attend: ACC

About: Automotive technicians inspect, preserve, and repair automobiles.

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HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION (HVAC)

You’ll Attend: ACC

About: Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians install climate control systems, diagnose problems, and repair sophisticated equipment.

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Professional Union Apprenticeship Programs

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CARPENTER – LOCAL UNION 1266

You’ll Attend: Training offered by Local 1266 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee

About: Carpenters build or repair a variety of structures, such as homes, bridge supports, ceiling tiles, and drywall.

ELECTRICIAN – LOCAL UNION 520

You’ll Attend: Training offered by Austin Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee

About: Electricians install, inspect, and repair electrical systems and equipment in homes, businesses, and companies.

IRON WORKER – LOCAL UNION 482

You’ll Attend: Training offered by Iron Workers Apprenticeship and Training Department

About: Iron workers install structural and reinforcing iron and steel to create and maintain structures like buildings, overpasses, and highways.

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PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS – LOCAL UNION 286

You’ll Attend: Training offered by Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 286 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee

About: Plumbers and pipefitters install and repair pipes used by businesses, homes, and companies.

SHEET METAL WORKERS – LOCAL UNION 67

You’ll Attend: Training offered by Sheet Metal Workers International Training Institute

About: Sheet metal workers install or construct products that are made from thin metal sheets, such as siding, ducts, and rain gutters.

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