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Jefferson College Offering Free Job Training Through SkillUp

Those on food stamps are now eligible to get free training at Jefferson College thanks to the SkillUp grant program that provides free tuition and support services to individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) benefits.

Through the College’s short-term training programs, SkillUp can help individuals achieve a new career path, obtain employment, and realize self-sufficiency.

The SkillUP program provides eligible SNAP recipients the opportunity to gain skills, training, or experience that will improve their ability to attain employment. The program offers job search, training, education, and supportive services to all participants. Jefferson College will help individuals select their desired program of study and offer both personal and academic assistance throughout.

Jefferson College SkillUp training programs include:

  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Certified Medication Technician
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Construction and Mechanical Occupations (CAMO)
  • Certified Logistics Technician

“SkillUp is a great opportunity for those in our community and region who receive food stamp benefits to gain relevant skills and experiences through Jefferson College in order to secure good-paying, family-supporting, life-changing jobs,” said Interim Associate Dean of Business and Technical Education Chris DeGeare.

The SkillUp grant program is administered by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division and funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Missouri’s 13 community and technical colleges are participating in this program to provide the education and training to SNAP participants. Each college has a range of programs available to participants and will guide them in choosing a pathway based on interviews and testing.

SNAP recipients can learn more about the free program at Jefferson College by visiting www.jeffco.edu/SkillUP or contacting SkillUp Coordinator Morgan Klousia at (636) 481-3456 or emailing mklousia@jeffco.edu. For more information about SkillUp across Missouri, visit http://www.missouricolleges.org/skillup.html.