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What Would You Do With a Free College Education?

As a nonprofit with a mission to get our Central Texas neighbors into great careers, Capital IDEA raises money for your college education. Each year, we raise enough to cover the tuition and textbooks for over 800 adults, just like you! Then we send you to college to get a degree in a high-demand career field. If you’re eligible for our program, your tuition and textbooks are already paid for by the generous support of our funders. If you’re serious about getting into a career with a future, sign up for a CareerUp information session to learn more.


Capital IDEA students have been placed in new careers


Most graduates TRIPLE their previous earnings


was the average starting wage for all 102 job placements in 2020 including 5 early placements


individuals received direct support from Capital IDEA in 2020


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

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Graduate Spotlight: My Destiny Was Forever Changed

APRIL 8, 2022 Below is a transcript of Gabrielle's Aurora Alworth Award acceptance speech at the 2022 Celebration of Achievements held virtually on March 1, 2022. Watch the slide presentation and listen to her speech here: YouTube Event Recording » Good afternoon, friends: My name is Gabrielle Michelle Shepherd, and I am a Registered Nurse […]

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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.