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What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 14

Can you feel it? Spring is almost here! It will arrive officially on Wednesday, March 20. Of course, we already knew spring was just around the corner with all the SXSW traffic and bluebonnets springing up all over the place. (Make sure you don’t miss out on getting your bluebonnet pics! I know the weather had us believing otherwise, but that’s just Texas keeping it interesting. Altruistic. Never in my life have I heard this word used accurately as when my fellow coach Erika used it to describe Wendy Delgadillo on the night of our most recent degree celebration. The…

Post-Traditional Students in Central Texas

We’re lucky in Austin to have so many organizations and schools dedicated to ensuring that anyone who wants it can earn a college degree. And yet nearly 250,000 Austinites older than 25 have gone to college and dropped out. The purpose of this research was to better understand the experience of post-traditional college students in Central Texas, especially those supported by college access and completion programs. Below is a high level summary of our research and findings. For details and findings from student interviews see this report conducted by Austin Center for Design (AC4D). Background First, a definition.  Post-traditional students…

Healthcare Management Pathways

Interested in getting into non-clinical healthcare careers? There are several different ways to break into field in operations, finance, marketing and more when it comes to healthcare, and each industry asks for different strengths and skills from its’ employees. Check out the table below to see if healthcare administration or management is a good fit for you.

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 13

Welcome to the first 2019 installment of the What a Thing Chronicles! I’m not going to talk about resolutions after all, but this post might help you in staying the course. This chapter is all about persistence, persistence, persistence. Recently, I watched an old episode of A&E’s Biography series. It was about writer Stephen King who grew up extremely poor. His father abandoned the family early on but left behind rejection slips from publishers. It seems that at some point King’s father wanted to be a writer. King asked his mother, Ruth (who was working three jobs at the time…

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Questions To Ask Yourself

Starting a degree or certification to move up in your career is a brave decision. It is just as important to ask yourself where you are today as it is to know where you’re going. Self-reflection can be a very useful tool to learn more about your motives and interests before starting a program. This is why we have developed a set of questions for you to self-reflect on before your advising call.

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 12

2018 is about to take a bow, but don’t worry! I’m not going to get all mushy on you with resolutions and affirmations… yet. It’s the holiday season. Of course, that means driving by homes that are literally lit, Magic 95.5 playing Christmas music 24/7, sales, sales, sales on sales, overeating, and holiday movies! I like Christmas movies because there’s always some element of magic, the impossible or unexpected – overt or covert. Remember that part in Home Alone when we see the neighbor reconnecting with his estranged son? Didn’t your heart just melt a little? Okay, what about when…

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Research on Pathways to Tech Jobs in Austin

With sponsorship from The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, research by KeyUp, and in partnership with various community partners, we’re excited to present this report of pathways for all learners that lead to high-quality jobs in IT. This report reflects the learnings produced by qualitative research done with Austin-based technical educators, recruiters, human resource managers, and tech employees. The report covers technical career pathways, technical career ladders within those pathways, and an overview of the educational institutions that support technical job seekers in the Capital Area. It emphasizes alternative educational programs because, though 2- or 4-year degrees are the surest…

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Pathways to Tech in Austin

It’s no surprise that tech is the fastest growing industry sector in Austin, comprising 14.1% of all jobs in Austin. Nationally, high tech accounts for 7.0% of all jobs. We know there are well paying and in-demand tech jobs available in Austin. However, it’s not always clear where to get started or which education program to pursue that will lead to that great job. We also know the destination helps, and it’s equally important (and slightly more difficult) to know where we are in relationship to where we want to be.  Fortunately, Austin has a wealth of programs and organizations that have…

What a Thing Chronicles: Chapter 9

My dearest Pelotonians, it’s Ashley, one of your loyal CCAs, here with Chapter 9 of the What a Thing Chronicles. We have about a week left of September (also known as Recruitember). From our numbers, we can tell that you’re hard at work telling your friends, family and co-workers about PelotonU. Personally, I have had two dreams where I’ve told people about PelotonU. The first was Angelina Jolie and the second was this family I side-swiped (in my dream, not real life!); my brakes never work in my dreams. That’s how deeply embedded PelotonU is in my subconscious.  Confession. I’ve never…