About Us

Empower Program
Empower Program
Gateway Program
Gateway Program
College & Career Expo
College & Career Expo
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Skillpoint Alliance is a 501(c)3 social enterprise that builds partnerships among industry, education and the community, leading to college and career success for Central Texans, while meeting employers’ needs for a qualified workforce.


Austin Mayor Bruce Todd makes improving school-to-work transition one of three top priorities for Austin City Council

Capital Area Training Foundation chartered with funds from the City of Austin, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and one of the first federal school-to-career grants awarded in the country

Nine industry clusters of business leaders formed to devise workplace development strategies

First group of 30 Gateway trainees graduate pilot construction program

First college and career fair for high school students held, now the largest event of its kind in the region and known as the College and Career Expo

Empower Computer Literacy program, then known as Community Technology Training Centers, started to prepare workforce for shift to technology-driven economy and workplace

Technology and Education Executive Council, now known as the STEM Council formed to address need for high-tech career-ready graduates for Austin’s economic future

Board of Directors


Mike Midgley
Board Chair
Vice President of Instruction
Workforce Education & Business Development
Austin Community College
Bob Rutishauser
Board Vice Chair
Mark Strama
State Representative
Mel Greene
Director of Diversity
Seton Family of Hospitals
Paul Cruz, Ph.D.
Chief Schools Officer
Austin Independent School District
Lawrence Lyman
Planning Manager
Travis County HHS/Veterans Services
Gail Acuna, RN
Director Workforce Development
St. David’s Healthcare
Drew Scheberle
Senior Vice Preisident
Education & Talent Development
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Brent Schneeman
Director of Engineering
HomeAway Inc.
Laurie Rich
Special Advisor, Higher Education
Office of the Governor
Robert D. Mettlen, Ph. D.
Lamar Centennial Professor Emeritus in Finance
University of Texas at Austin