Skills Enhancement Program
The Skills Enhancement Program was developed to help individuals who are working at least 20 hours per week in low-income jobs to develop the skills needed to obtain a better paying job. A better paying job is defined as full-time with benefits and a living wage (over the 150% of the Federal Poverty Level). The program helps pay for tuition, books, childcare and transportation costs associated with going to school while attending classes. Job search assistance is provided for those individuals who would like to look for a different job. By offering increased opportunity for in increased wages and fringe benefits, Skills Enhancement participants:
- Improve their wage levels and advancement potential,
- Identify new personal skills and ways to move toward self-sufficiency,
- Retain their jobs for longer periods of time (jobs are more satisfying or family friendly),
- Send positive messages to their children which connect workplace advancement and earnings potential with continuous learning.
In addition, the community prospers with a strong workforce and less individuals on public assistance.
To be eligible:
- Must be a resident of Douglas County
- Work at least 20 hours per week
- Household income must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level
Download Skills Enhancement Brochure (PDF)