by Janet Dabbs
The West Central Community Action Agency, WCCAA, is offering a new SkillUp program for those wanting to brush up on their employment skills for a new or better job.
The SkillUp program will pay for training for qualified individuals. The classes can be worked around a student’s schedule and can be completed in as little as a few weeks.
In some cases, SkillUp coaches are connected with employers ready to hire students as soon as they are trained. SkillUp can also assist with resumes, job interview skills, and uniform purchases.
Recently, a mother of four who was struggling financially entered the SkillUp program. She finished her classes and clinicals in one year and was hired at a medical office.
To qualify for the SkillUp program, applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 49, be in the food stamp program, and have children in the home.
For information about the local SkillUp program, call WCCAA SkillUp case manager Melissa Blackburn at 573-378-4432. The agency is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.