The SkillUP program offers Food Stamp recipients in Missouri the opportunity to gain skills, training or work experience. The SkillUP Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

SkillUP is offered at no cost to the participant and helps promote employability and self-sufficiency. SkillUP is offered through East Central College and area Job Centers.

SkillUP offers a variety of services to participants based on an Individual Employment Plan which is created between the participant and SkillUP staff. These services include:

  • Staff Assisted Job Search
  • Job Search Training
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Vocational Training
  • Education
  • Supportive Services

Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents

Able Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD) are Food Stamp recipients between the age of 18-49 years who do not have children in their household under the age of 18 OR are not:

  • Unable to work due to an illness, injury or disability
  • Pregnant
  • Full-time students
  • Required to care for an ill or incapacitated household member
  • Receiving unemployment (in any state)
  • Attending a drug or alcohol Treatment Program
  • Homeless

Types of Programs

  • Certified Nursing Assistant: This program is designed to prepare individuals to care for clients in long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home health agencies.
  • Microsoft Office Certifications: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access. Upon completion, a student will receive an official Microsoft certification in one of all 4 products.
  • Introduction to MIG Welding. The program runs 8 to 10 weeks and provides an introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding process. Through hands-on applications, students will reinforce lessons and learn to apply practical knowledge.
  • And MORE! We have more programs online in various industries like health care, advanced manufacturing and I.T. careers.

For more information contact Melissa Willmore or 636.584.6530