Get Your Degree in Advanced Manufacturing

Earn more and move up with a FREE degree in Advanced Manufacturing

Capital IDEA is a nonprofit offering free tuition and textbooks to income-eligible adults ready for a new career in Advanced Manufacturing. In partnership with local employers and Austin Community College, we’re working to fill the growing need for professionals to fill skilled manufacturing technician positions in and around Austin, Texas. Qualified adults will have their tuition and textbooks covered at Austin Community College. Plus you’ll have a Career Navigator to guide you through college and job placement services to help you land that first job. You can get started at some of the best companies in the region.

Who should apply?…

1. Central Texas Residents

This program is open to residents, 18 years of age or older (no maximum age), who live in one of these Texas counties: Travis, Williamson, Hays, and Bastrop (limited to City of Bastrop and Elgin residents).

2. Income Eligible

To be eligible for this program you must meet our income requirements. For a family of three, the maximum monthly income is $3,660. Our income eligibility chart is posted here (scroll down): Qualifications »

3. Ready to Start a Career

Your associate degree will get you started in the Advanced Manufacturing field that is growing in Central Texas. To get started in college, you must have a high school diploma or GED. You should not have a degree already. Apply Today if you are interested in a career in this exciting field.

To see a full list of our qualifications visit: Qualifications »

Ready to get started?
Your first step is to come to our next free info session: CareerUp »

Visit these links for more info:
Career Directory: Advanced Manufacturing
Top 5 Advanced Manufacturing Companies

Our most frequently asked question:

As a nonprofit with a mission to get our Central Texas neighbors into great careers, we raise money for your education. Each year we raise around $5 million, enough to fund our program and cover the tuition and textbooks for over 800 adults, like you. And 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, including our three largest investors: the City of Austin, Travis County, and St. David’s Foundation. If you could make good use of a free college education Sign Up ».