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Impact Hub Austin’s Workforce Development Accelerator cohort is a group of some seriously impressive folks! These cohort members are leading the charge in the fight to address Austin’s workforce challenges, one awesome plan at a time. During weekly sessions, the Accelerator cohort shares their ideas on how to create opportunities for Austinites to obtain the training and education they need to acquire middle-skill jobs — and most importantly, how to put these ideas into action.

Get to know who’s behind this all-important venture:

KeyUp helps young adults get good jobs with growth potential without going through the time and expense of getting four-year degrees.

Hernandez Hospitality, LLC is a catering and event business that hires and trains their own workforce with an emphasis on providing living wage  and imparting marketable skills and development opportunities.

Austin Coding Academy is an educational institute that provides diverse communities with accessible coding education.

Alyce is a social impact platform and global mentoring marketplace that connects their mentees to mentors for self-empowered learning.

3 Day Startup seeks to accelerate careers of middle-skilled workers through entrepreneurship education.

Mediatech Ventures is dedicated to putting Austin’s creative class to work, through online aggregation of career demands in the media industry and customized training to equip creatives with the skills they need to thrive in today’s economy.

Central Texas Allied Health Institute is a higher education organization that focuses on offering applied associate and bachelor’s degree programs in allied health professions, with a focus on communities of color.

Workforce Inclusion seeks to build an ecosystem that connects Austin’s most innovative companies with top talent from diverse backgrounds, by building employers of choice and harnessing the creative potential of Austin’s people.

PelotonU is focused on ensuring working adults can earn a college degree without sacrificing their other work and family commitments.

Want to find out more about Impact Hub’s Workforce Development Accelerator? Check out further info here or take a look at the cohort’s Medium blog, which they update every week with posts about their experiences.

Article Written by Justine Harrington. Justine Harrington is a freelance writer, travel journalist, and ghostwriter for lifestyle and business brands based in Austin, Texas by way of Oklahoma.