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SkillUP Program Comes to Columbia
November 29 & December 13

The SkillUP Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The SkillUP program offers SNAP recipients in Missouri the opportunity to gain skills, training, work experience or a combination of all three. SkillUP is offered at no cost to the participant and helps promote employability and self-sufficiency. A SkillUP Associate will be partnered with the participant thru every step of the program. 

SkillUP offers a variety of services to participants based on an Individual Employment and educational 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

Boone County will host the SkillUP program on a regular basis at the Boone County Extension Office and at the Family Impact Center here in Columbia. This flyer explains the SkillUP program and includes dates/times for each session. The classes are mainly from the Tackling the Tough Skills Curriculum with some additions from the Transitions Curriculum (soft skill job training). 

These FREE classes are open to any and all residents. If you are interested or need more information, please contact Sarah Traub at 660-882-5661, or by email at traubs@missouri.edu

Additional information:  855-278-0354 or visit skillup.missouri.edu.

 

Free Classes for Entrepreneurs

The National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program will offer free classes for Missouri entrepreneurs at multiple locations, and on several dates, beginning in August. Content will cover numerous topics including how to get products to market, how to address supply chains, how to secure micro grants for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related projects, and how to collect feedback from customers. Open discussion allows attendees to ask relevant questions about their businesses and products.

The classes are being offered at NO COST to entrepreneurs, faculty, students (college level classes or above) and community members. Participants are not required to have previous experience in business or entrepreneurship.

Class dates, locations, and contacts throughout the state include:

Additional information may be found at: http://i-corps.mst.edu/

Need Help with Your Lawn and Garden, Trees, or Bushes?

The Master Gardeners of Cole County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling the hotline at 573-634-2824, Tuesday and Friday afternoons, 12:30-4:30, or you can email your question(s) and pictures at any time to muextcolemastergard@missouri.edu. If you need immediate help, feel free to contact the Greene County Master Gardener hotline directly at 417- 874-2963.

Planting Guide: First time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide. Read story.

Soil Test: Bring in your soil and make sure you don't waste money on your lawn, garden or field. Soil Test Brochure (PDF). For more information, including a video on how to collect a sample, see "Soil Test Central."

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Farmers and ranchers who need to use "restricted use" pesticides in their operations need to have a license to purchase those products. The Boone County Extension Center offers you the opportunity to obtain or renew your private pesticide applicator license for only $12. To schedule your training, please contact us at (573) 445-9792 or by email at BooneCo@missouri.edu.

Support Local Extension Programming With Your Gift

For over 60 years, Boone County Extension has served its community by offering programs that help its citizens create a better life. These programs include but are not limited to: agriculture, health and nutrition, community and leadership development, natural resources, business development, family finances, horticulture, even housing and energy management. Our current ongoing programs include 4-H, Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners.

Over the past several years, our funding has been dramatically reduced. The MCES Endowment is designed to provide program support for all Boone County Extension Specialists by way of office support, supplies and equipment, so they can continue delivering quality education. Now you can give directly to this endowment by following the MCES Endowment link below.

The Boone County Extension office is housed on the former Schotte Farm, a gift of the late Frank Graham. Now you can give directly to the Frank Graham Endowment, which will go towards the upkeep of the building and grounds. Click on our "donate" button on the left, or follow the Frank Graham Building Endowment link below.

MCES Endowment

Frank Graham Building Endowment