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It's Your Time to Move Forward With a New Career.

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


Capital IDEA students have been placed in new careers


Most graduates TRIPLE their previous earnings


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


individuals received direct support from Capital IDEA in 2019


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

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Graduate Spotlight: I Was Called To This

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 12, 2020 Vision. Perseverance. Support. For Shirlet Oriakhi, these were the things that helped her achieve great things in her life. Inspired by her mother who had a gift for passing on wisdom and knowledge, Shirlet, from an early age, cultivated a vision for herself that included helping others through nursing or teaching. […] 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.