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Capital IDEA provides financial support and extensive professional guidance to motivated, nontraditional students who want to earn more and move up in a great career. With many community partners, like Austin Community College, we stand committed to providing individuals the opportunity and support they need to earn a degree and get started in a promising career. Get started

1600+

Capital IDEA students have been placed in new careers

3X

Most graduates TRIPLE their previous earnings

$23/hr

was the average starting wage for all 134 job placements in 2019 including 15 early placements

1242

individuals received direct support from Capital IDEA in 2019

$22M

has been invested in our students’ tuition and books since Capital IDEA first opened in 1998

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Graduate Spotlight – From Struggling Student To Professor

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 29, 2020 “The only limits are the ones I create in my mind.” Teresa Garza proclaims these words as she remembers the long journey that brought her to where she is today. From academic probation to a college professor, she never imagined her career would lead her to academics. “I didn’t plan to […] Read More

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Austin Interfaith

A special thanks to

Austin Interfaith leaders and volunteers for their tireless work in
the community and their ongoing support of Capital IDEA.