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What would you
do with a FREE
college degree?

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The Career Expressway by Capital IDEA

Here in Central Texas, there are amazing career opportunities in fields like healthcare, information technology (IT), skilled trades, and advanced manufacturing. These fields offer great salaries and benefits. Plus, employers are eager to hire more trained professionals. But how do you get into these careers? Where do you start? The Career Expressway is your guided route. We’ll take you from where you are now, support you in a FREE college degree or certificate program, and connect you with your future employer. We’re with you every step — from start to hired!

Your first step is earning a degree. Good news, your college is FREE to you because your degree has already been paid for by funders and donors who are investing in the future of the Central Texas workforce! (FAQ: Why is this program free?)


Expanded Career List for Hays and Bastrop Counties extended another year. You have double the options!

Your Support on the Expressway

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MONEY FOR SCHOOL

FREE college. Your tuition bill (from ACC or Temple college) comes to us, and we pay it on your behalf.

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FUNDING FOR BOOKS

We provide you with book vouchers that cover the cost of your textbooks.

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CHILDCARE

We have partners that offer childcare assistance to cover a substantial portion of your childcare costs.

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THE COLLEGE PREP ACADEMY

If needed, we'll help you get college ready with our highly-successful College Prep program. You'll get lots of one-on-one support to build your reading, writing, and math skills.

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A TEAM OF NAVIGATORS

Your Career Navigator will walk you through your academic journey and offer sessions in study and time management skills to help you succeed in college.

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CAREER PLACEMENT

Upon graduation, we'll continue to guide you through your job search to ensure you successfully transition from college to career. We're with you from start to HIRED!

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CAREER-UP

Careers on the Expressway

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TECH is the future!

If you love solving problems and helping people do their best work, consider a future in IT. You can start with an associate degree and a few certifications. As you keep gaining new skills, you'll find bigger and bigger opportunities in your future.

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HEALTHCARE is for heroes!

No matter where you go, healthcare professionals are always in high demand. This is a rewarding career field for individuals who enjoy caring for their community, and you can take your skills with you anywhere your future takes you.

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CURIOSITY, tools, and skills!

These careers offer the best opportunities in applied technology. If you're the kind of person who tackles a job with tools, gadgets, and good planning, consider one of these occupations. You'll find lots of great opportunities with big or small companies, or you might just start your own business someday.

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We’re able to offer you a FREE college education through our Career Expressway program because of our close partnerships with Austin Community College and Temple College. The degrees and certificates offered at our partner colleges are highly respected by employers and lead to careers with excellent pay and growth opportunities.

Why is this program free?

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Who Should Apply?

We’re here to help you reach your career goals. The Career Expressway is for individuals who: