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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


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 – 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

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