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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
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Springfield, MO 65807

June 15, 2018

SkillUp 101 Helps People Transition From Food Stamps to Being Self-Sufficient;
Greene County Classes Begin July 11

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — SkillUp 101 is a University of Missouri Extension program for people who receive food stamps. The program is designed to help individuals get a new job or go back to school and improve their life situation.

"The goal of the program is to get people off food stamps and to become self-sufficient," said Renette Wardlow, human development specialist with MU Extension.

Individuals interested in the program, or who know someone who is interested, should call 855-278-0354 to begin the registration process. Once an individual's food stamp eligibility is verified, they will be able to enroll in the SkillUp program.

"Life skills courses will be available to help prepare you to start your journey," said Wardlow.


If you are willing to attend life skills classes specifically designed to help you enter the workforce (i.e., resume' writing, interviewing, etc.), then this program is for you.

"Many people have already completed the SkillUp program and you can too," said Wardlow.

The following SkillUp transition classes in Greene County are going to be held at the Springfield Botanical Center from 1 to 3 p.m.: July 11 "The importance of maintaining a good attitude," July 18 "Taking responsibility for your choices," July 25 "Communication Skills," Aug. 1 "Problem Solving Skills," Aug. 8 "Preparing for the Workplace."

Any individual on food stamps and over the age of 16 is eligible for the classes. Attendees will add to their educational background, gain financial knowledge, and learn to be a good employee.


So far in 2018, 800 people have applied for the SkillUp program across Missouri. Of those 247 are in training, and 137 are employed and are receiving pay that is above the poverty level which means that they no longer need food stamps.

In October 2018, funding will become available to pay for up to two years of school. Learn to drive a truck, become a nurse's aide, a chef, a cosmetologist and a host of other career choices.

Interested individuals have an opportunity to complete these classes, and when funding becomes available, participants can enroll in school to acquire needed skills to do the desired job. Some funding may also be available for items such as work boots, scrubs, and some other items.

Childcare expenses and travel passes may also be available to get people moving in the right direction of a new career.


For more information on SkillUp call Renette Wardlow in the Greene County MU Extension office at 417-881-8909 call 855-278-0354 to begin the registration process.

Source: Renette Wardlow, (417) 881-8909

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