In addition to helping janitors fight for higher wages and implementing new anti-wage theft laws in Houston, TMO supports workforce development for living wage jobs.

What Capital IDEA - Houston Does:

TMO_-_Circled_-_Capital_IDEA_Orientation.jpgCapital IDEA-Houston sponsors educational opportunities that give you a second chance! Currently 80 students are enrolled and participating in the Capital IDEA Houston program. We pay for participants' education including tuition and books. Capital IDEA-Houston also offers some assistance with childcare and emergency expenses. Each participant will have a personal case manager to guide them and upon completion of the program, match them with participating employers. Our mission is to lift working people out of poverty by sponsoring educational services that lead to life-long financial independence. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • 18 years or older
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have a GED or High School Diploma
  • Houston Area Resident
  • Have a Desire to Enter one of our Sponsored Fields
  • Meet Income Qualifications

Capital IDEA-Houston sponsors training in careers that pay a minimum of $15 to $20 an hour, provide benefits and offer career paths!

  • Electrician
  • HVAC
  • Instrument and Control Tech
  • Mechatronics Technology
  • Nursing
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • Physical Therapist Asst.
  • Process Operator
  • Radiology Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Tech
  • Welder

If you have any questions or need further information please call 281-260-3191 or email:


March 21, 2017

TMO Leaders & Capital IDEA Grads Join 200+ Texas IAF Organization Leaders at Capitol

1703_-_TMO_-_Day_at_the_Capitol.png40 TMO leaders and Capital IDEA graduates joined over 200 Network of Texas (NTO) IAF  organization leaders at the Texas state capital to talk to our state representatives and senators about restoring full funding of the Texas Innovative Adult Career Education Fund (ACE Fund). Our delegation met with 20 legislators and/or their staffs asking them to support the ACE fund at its full $5 million, and also supporting bail reform, local control, and opposing ant-immigrant legislation.

Leaders from our network were guests of the legislature as a resolution was read in support of the ACE fund by five Texas House members including Representative John Zerwas, whom our leaders got to sign on to the resolution.  Our entire delegation was asked to stand.  Later that day the Senate also read a resolution in favor of the ACE fund.  Now the fight is to get it fully funded in both houses.
Our NTO IAF organizations called for this funding at a press conference held on the South side Capital steps.  Several legislators from across the state came out and spoke in support of the ACE fund.  Capital IDEA graduates and other graduates across the state told stories of how the workforce initiatives and the funding helped change their lives, moving them from $10.00/hr part time work to careers earning as much as $70,000 per year!  The average wage of a graduate from these programs is $20.66/hr.

 June 1, 2015

Texas IAF Leverages $5 Million for Job Training

1405_-_TMO_-_ACE_Award_-_Cropped.jpgFollowing up on its $5 million win from the last legislative session in 2013, Texas IAF leaders - including several from TMO - succeeded in ensuring that the Adult Career Education (ACE) Grant program (and its $5 million in funding) stayed on the Texas budget. This means that Texas IAF workforce development programs like Capital IDEA-Houston, Project ARRIBA, VIDA, Project QUEST, SkillsQuest and Capital IDEA of Austin can apply for these funds to expand the job training they currently offer. Capital IDEA-Houston, founded by TMO, is an integral strategy to train people out of low-wage employment and into living wage careers.

February 4, 2015

TMO to David Brooks (NYT): Support the Programs That Support Our Students!

Responding to David Brooks' assertion that the President's proposal to provide cost-free community college access is not enough, TMO leaders Rev. Kevin Collins, Mr. Franklin Olson and Mr. Bob Fleming agree, but argue that the programs Brooks calls for already exist in Texas.

"Local programs in San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Dallas and the Rio Grande Valley developed by IAF affiliates have graduated thousands of students from our community colleges, lifting them out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. These initiatives are ripe for expansion and replication." Capital IDEA-Houston is just one of such programs. Read more below:

Local Programs Aid Community College StudentsHouston Chronicle [pdf]

June 18, 2014

TMO Leverages $500K MORE from Local Sources for Capital IDEA-Houston

Less than four weeks after Capital IDEA-Houston was awarded a $500K Texas Innovative Adult Career Education (ACE) grant to train more community college students for living wage careers, leaders of The Metropolitan Organization of Houston leveraged an additional $500 thousand in local money after testifying at City Hall.

The money will come from two sources of funding: $250 thousand from Community Development Block Grants and another $250 thousand from a City of Houston budget line-item, marking the first time Capital IDEA-Houston has been included in the City budget.

City Budget Increases After-School Spending, Gives Each District $1 Million for Projects, Houston Chronicle

A Capital IdeaHouston Chronicle

May 24, 2014

TMO's Capital IDEA-Houston Gets Bipartisan Praise for $500K ACE Award


TMO leaders celebrated word that Capital IDEA-Houston won a Texas Innovative Adult Career Education (ACE) grant, giving it half a million dollars to train hundreds more community college students for living wage careers in Houston. TMO, with its sister organizations in the Texas IAF, helped establish the Texas Innovative Adult Career Education (ACE) grant to support projects that prepare low-income workers to attain degrees and certificates in high demand occupations including nursing and information technology.

Texas State Representative John Zerwas (R-Richmond) praised Capital IDEA-Houston, declaring he "could not find a better use of $500K than to invest in Capital IDEA-Houston."

Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) chimed in adding "we should continue to invest $5 Million in these [workforce development] projects."

The award will support about 250 students attending Houston Community College and Lone Star College. In an interview with NPR, Fr. Kevin Collins said the money will be used to prepare low-income students to enter careers in health care, information technology and manufacturing. "The graduates are thrilled to be part of our program, and their families are really benefiting and they are really excited to move into great careers!"

Financial Aid to Help Low Income Students in Houston Prepare for CareersNPR

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