who we are:

Austin Career Institute was established by a licensed Professional Engineer and a Texas State University Activate Program graduate and computer programmer in Austin, Texas. ACI has received numerous recognitions at a national level for its innovative approach to education and community outreach.

Our awards:

White House Recognizes ACI
For ACI’s contributions to American society and its innovative educational programs, Austin Career Institute was invited to participate in The White House’s National Skills and Credential Institute conference. ACI was honored to be one of only 4 organizations in the Texas White House delegation, the only organization from Austin, and the only private school in the country picked among thousands of candidates nationwide.
City of Austin Recognizes ACI
Austin Career Institute was honored by the presentation of a proclamation from the City of Austin. In the proclamation certificate Austin Mayor proclaimed December 1st, 2016 as Austin Career Institute Day in Austin.
CCST Recognizes ACI
The Career Colleges & Schools of Texas (CCST) Awards Committee selected Austin Career Institute as 2016 recipient of the Innovator Award. CCST is an association that represents over 200 schools that are a vital part of higher education in the state of Texas. 
FMUMP Recognizes ACI
The Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project is pleased to list the Austin Career Institute as a Spotlight of Innovation. The Austin Career Institute’s innovative approach to combining vocational language and literacy simultaneous with hands-on, living-wage, skill training gives newcomers a quick path to living wages.


ACI's mission is to lift low income individuals, Veterans, displaced or laid off workers and New Americans into better paying, in demand careers through quality, short term education while simultaneously filling industry labor shortages, reducing the amount of government dependency, and strengthening the US economy.


ACI's vision is transforming workforce challenges into opportunities through innovative education and collaborative partnerships with leading community service providers, enabling upward mobility.

Press Release

White House Recognizes Austin Career Institute
Working with Texas based Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project, the White House Task Force on New Americans recognized the Austin Career Institute, and a delegation of integration leaders from 17 States, during an exploration of best practices, tools, and resources to address credentialing and licensing skilled immigrant and refugee professionals. Established by President Obama on November 21, 2014, the White House Task Force on New Americans—a government-wide effort tasked with better integrating immigrants and refugees into American communities—hosted this, the first task force, earlier this year. At the time of the establishment of the Task Force, the U.S. immigrant population stood at more than 42.4 million, or 13.3 percent of the total U.S. population, according to U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey data. Immigrants in the United States and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 81 million people, or 26 percent of the overall U.S. population. In FY 2015, the Department of State further issued 10,891,745 nonimmigrant visas—a 10 percent increase from the 9,932,480 issued in 2014-with 69,933 refugees admitted. Supporting and integrating such growth to the U.S. economy is a challenge embraced by the Austin Career Institute (ACI). ACI’s shawn Jamali and Rosha Teimuri, a 2016 Austin Business Journal Best CEO Nominee, was joined by 113 experts from research organizations, government, and private industry who presented, facilitated, and participated in working sessions set out to explore career pathways, bridge programs, occupational licensing, and contextualized English as a Second Language programs to streamline the integration to the workforce immigrant and refugee working professionals. “Though there is a significant base of research on U.S. immigrant economic adaptation,” adds FMUMP Director Dr. Faith Nibbs, “How refugees fair over long periods of time and the strategies they use to career-ladder is significantly under-examined. We’re excited by the work being done Shawn and Rosha Jamali in Austin, to rethink refugees in resettlement as active agents in their own livelihoods. ACI’s programs, based on research outcomes, contribute to alternative and sustainable livelihood practices in the United States.” ACI, established to help individuals who seek to achieve their dream of increasing their earning potential and improving their lives, specializes in training students in construction trades, engineering design, computer aided design and drafting. Austin Career Institute creates environments where students can learn their desired trade or skillset in the shortest possible time at a lower cost through innovative and hands-on methods using cutting edge and proprietary educational technologies. Further Representing Texas in the White House Task Force on New Americans were Laurie Larrea, President Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, Olivia Cassidy from Upwardly Global’s Texas Expansion Team, Southern Methodist University’s Carrie Perkins, and FMUMP’s Faith and David Nibbs.