East Central College Hosts Event to Assist Food Stamp Recipients

East Central College Hosts Event to Assist Food Stamp Recipients

December 5, 2018 |

East Central College is hosting an event to help food stamp recipients find out more about the state of Missouri’s SkillUp program, which provides additional access to childcare, housing assistance, job skills training, job placement, and more.

SkillUp services are offered at no cost to eligible participants and are designed to promote employability and self-sufficiency. The program is offered through East Central College and area Job Centers at no cost and offers food stamp recipients the opportunity to gain skills, training, or work experience.

“The college provides short-term training programs in health care, computer science, and welding, to provide food stamp recipients with unique job skills,” says Joel Doepker, Vice President of External Relations at East Central College. “We purposely schedule programs that can be completed in less than 16 weeks, so the food stamp recipient can quickly secure a job and begin a career.”

The event, named “SkillUPalooza”, will be held Thursday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the East Central College Training Center.  East Central College will have staff on hand to help participants decide what job training program is the best fit for them. Other agencies, such as the Missouri Job Center, Goodwill, Missouri Community Action Network, and Better Family Life, are also participating.

Questions? Contact Melissa Willmore at 636.584.6530 or Melissa.Willmore@eastcentral.edu.