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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.

1900+

Capital IDEA students have been placed in new careers

3X

Most graduates TRIPLE their previous earnings

$24/hr

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

1196

individuals received direct support from Capital IDEA in 2020

$22M+

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

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Support Spotlight: Career Placement

October 4, 2021 Support Spotlight Series In this final installment of the Support Spotlight series, we feature the career placement services at Capital IDEA. Many of the adults who come through Capital IDEA have, at one point or another, had their doubts about getting a college education. It can feel risky to invest so much […] Read More

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