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Job Posting: Community Outreach Coordinator (FT, 24 months)

SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 We’re Hiring a Community Outreach Coordinator! Capital IDEA is looking to add a third Community Outreach Coordinator to our growing team. This is a full-time, 2-year contract for a bilingual outreach professional looking to serve a great mission. If you’re a people person with a passion for helping others succeed, read on. […]

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Expanded Career List for Hays and Bastrop

UPDATED: September 19, 2022 BIG NEWS — Extension approved! In January 2022, we announced we had expanded the list of career opportunities available to applicants from Hays and Bastrop counties. This expansion was set to expire at the end of September 2022, but has now been extended a full year! The new expiration is September […]

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Published: 2021 Annual Report

To Our Retiring Executive Director : Thank you, Steve Jackobs, for more than 23 years! Dear Friends, Since its founding, the road to opportunity and success has been paved by the vision and dedication of Capital IDEA’s founding Executive Director, Steve Jackobs. Some of the organization’s most proud accomplishments during his tenure were Steve’s successful […]

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Press Release: Executive Director Announcements

From Left: Alyssia Palacios-Woods, Eva Rios-Lleverino, and Steve Jackobs. MARCH 30, 2022 Contact: Amy Silvey, Director of Development and Communications 512-485-9353, asilvey@capitalidea.org Upcoming Transitions at Capital IDEA Capital IDEA announces Alyssia Palacios-Woods as its new Executive Director, effective July 1. Founding Executive Director, Steve Jackobs, is stepping down on March 31 to devote himself to […]

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Expanded Income Eligibility for Travis County & City of Austin

FEBRUARY 21, 2022 BIG NEWS — Residents of Travis County and/or City of Austin have until September 2022 to qualify under our NEW income guidelines and secure their seats in our Career Expressway program. The Career Expressway offers full tuition assistance, textbooks, and more. Residents who apply and get accepted during this temporary extension period […]

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Press Release: Retiring After More Than 23 Years of Service

JANUARY 13, 2022 Contact: Amy Silvey, Director of Development and Communications 512-485-9353, asilvey@capitalidea.org Capital IDEA announces the retirement of founding Executive Director, Steve Jackobs AUSTIN, TEXAS – JANUARY 13, 2022 – After serving as Capital IDEA’s Executive Director since 1998, Steve Jackobs announced his plan to retire in August of this year. “After more than […]

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Support Spotlight: Childcare Assistance

By Jeff Sanchez | SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 Support Spotlight Series For over 20 years, Capital IDEA has supported thousands of students on their journey toward a college degree and a better job. Every student accepted into the Career Expressway program is supported financially and offered personal guidance because often, money isn’t the only obstacle keeping […]

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Published: 2020 Annual Report

JUNE 23, 2021 Viewing note: the video components may take a second to load. The digital format is mobile-friendly, but for the best experience, we recommend viewing full screen on your computer, laptop, or tablet. The wait is over– Capital IDEA’s 2020 Annual Report is here! And while you may be understandably hesitant to revisit […]

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Friend & Family Referrals

Hello and welcome! We created this form so that our students and graduates would have a way to refer friends and family to our program. Below we will ask you for the information we need to start assessing your eligibility. Once you’re done filling it out, hit submit, and we’ll be in touch soon!

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Job Post: Career Navigator – CLOSED

Join Our Team Capital IDEA is looking for an experienced case manager (3+ years of experience working with adults receiving direct services and/or high school students transitioning into college). The Career Navigator provides case management for about 80-100 adult students and guides them through the successful completion of their academic plan in preparation for job […]

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Published: Capital IDEA’s 2019 Annual Report

JUNE 26, 2020 Dear Friends, As the Chair of Capital IDEA’s Board of Directors, I’m pleased to share our 2019 Annual Report — Read Now ». In previous years, this would have arrived in your inbox in April, but this year has been different for us all. As I revisit 2019 through the lens of […]

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Graduate Spotlight: If You Want to Be a Nurse — This Is the Time!

By Jeff Sanchez | APRIL 3, 2020 While many of us are sheltering-in-place at home, Ytzayana Macias puts on her scrubs and goes to work. She is a Medical Surgical Nurse at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center. “Feels a bit eerie. There are no visitors allowed in the hospital. We have been very intensely […]

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Graduate Spotlight: Central Health & our 1,300th Graduate!

Hello, my name is Amy Lopez-Escobedo, and I am a proud Capital IDEA graduate, mother of three, and Registered Nurse at CommUnity Care. I always felt destined to become a nurse. Since I was little, my mom noted I had a caring nature and would try to help people when they weren’t well. Knowing my […]

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Partner Spotlight: Central Health & our 1,300th Graduate!

Hello, my name is Amy Lopez-Escobedo, and I am a proud Capital IDEA graduate, mother of three, and Registered Nurse at CommUnity Care. I always felt destined to become a nurse. Since I was little, my mom noted I had a caring nature and would try to help people when they weren’t well. Knowing my […]

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100 Paid Internships Added to Our Tech Career Programs

With support from local employers, Capital IDEA and Austin Community College, 100 paid internships are available for three Tech Career programs. Internships are an advantage in this booming industry – training will now include a year of paid, real work experience. As with our other sponsored careers, Capital IDEA fully funds tuition, books and fees […]

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Partner Spotlight: Travis County Interns and Investment in the Community

PUBLISHED JUNE 27, 2016 Travis County is a long-time investor in Capital IDEA. Funds from Travis County are given to allow Capital IDEA to deliver services that help individuals improve workplace skills, obtain employment, succeed in the workplace, and help employers secure a skilled workforce. In 2016, Travis County increased their engagement with a decision […]

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Partner Spotlight: Impact Austin Members Love Capital IDEA Moms!

PUBLISHED JUNE 15, 2016 Impact Austin members have selected Capital IDEA as a grant recipient twice! In 2009 an award of $102,000 funded college tuition, books and fees for students; and a 2016 award of $94,000 will allow Capital IDEA to serve more rural moms pursuing the education to secure a great career. Impact Austin […]

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