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CMCA - Show Me Healthy Relationships
807B N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203

Services: ShowMe Healthy Relationships Program offers free courses to both individuals and couples.  The program helps committed couples (married or unmarried) enhance their relationships by learning how to build a healthy friendship, manage conflict, and work as a team to improve their relationship.  For singles, the program helps participants choose the right partner by learning key things to look for as they explore potential relationships as well as how to choose the right partner for a happy, stable relationship. 
Additional courses are offered including: Parenting, Step-Parenting, Taking Care of You, Money Management and Job Skills Training. 
Eligibility: Over 18 and not currently in domestic violent relationship 
Fees: None, barrier reducers are given for participation 

Centro Latino De Salud
609 N Garth Ave, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 449-9442

English/Spanish classes, Computer skills, Health Education. The mission of Centro Latino is to empower Latinos, Latino families and the general public through provision of services and guidance in navigating the health, education and cultural resources of mid-Missouri. Centro Latino provides assistance to immigrants as they become acclimated to their new environment with its different laws, customs, and language. Families and individuals that contact the Centro receive orientation to the community as well as physical, mental, and social support. The Centro strives to empower Latinos to live in an environment of mutual respect that encompasses personal interaction in the community as well as appropriate treatment by, and interaction with, service providers. Centro Latino helps all Latino families regardless of national origin, religion, or immigration status.

Columbia Public Schools - Adult Education Center
4203 S Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203  and J.W. Blind Boone Center  301 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203 
(573) 214-214-3690   Fax: 573-214-3811
  • The ALC provides many activities to support non-native English speakers in improving their English language skills. Not only does the ALC help individuals in preparing for and securing employment, but it also provides information about and referrals to community resources. The ALC promotes American citizenship through civics and language instruction, and it offers a healthy, encouraging and friendly environment to foster esteem in learning at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
  • The ALC is proud to offer a TOEFL prep course. This course is designed for students with English as a second language, that are 17 years of age or older, who are preparing for post-secondary education. In order to prepare those students for the TOEFL iBT exam, the course will focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking as well as testing strategies.

Columbia Area Career Center
4203 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203
573-214-3806  Fax: 573-214-3811

Services: Adult technical training programs including Massage Therapy, Practical Nursing; Surgical Technology; Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA); Pharmacy Technician, Professional Medical Coding; Computer Network Administration; Electrical Wiring and Solar Technologies; Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC); Administrative Assistant; Computer, desktop publishing, business-related and other personal enrichment training.

The Excel Center 
101 N. Fourth St, Columbia, MO 65201

The Excel Center® is a free public high school that gives adults (age 21 and over) the opportunity to earn an actual high school diploma. While earning their diploma, students earn college credits and a variety of industry-recognized certifications in order to increase their earning potential. The Excel Center is a free public high school for adults that provides flexible class schedules, supportive relationships with staff and a life coach who works with students to find solutions for life’s challenges that could hinder progress.
We provide a free drop-in center for child care, transportation assistance, extended hours and year-round operation to support students as they work toward the goal of earning a diploma.


HiSET at Moberly Area Community College (MACC)
601 Bus. Loop 70 W, Ste. 216, Columbia, MO 65203
573-234-1067  FAX 573-234-2068

The mission of the MACC AEL Program is to provide any citizen of this community and the surrounding area with access to free classes to obtain a High School Equivalency (HSE), improve basic skills, prepare for the workplace, or receive career counseling. It is also the goal of AEL to provide volunteer tutor assistance to any participating student whenever possible. The ultimate goal of the program is for students to successfully achieve educational and lifelong goals.

Literacy Action Corps

Literacy Action Corps (LAC) trains tutors to teach adults one-on-one to learn to read and improve their literacy skills. Learners gain skills they need to complete job applications, to pass a driver's test, to write a letter, to read to their children, and to achieve goals they set for themselves.
LAC also tutors internationals to speak and to read English. These skills open the doors for employment and community involvement. You can make a difference!

Skill Up Program
Missouri State Children’s Division and Family Support Division
601 Bus. Loop 70 West, Columbia MO 65203
or  1209 E. Walnut, Columbia MO 65201
TANF Recipients call Phone: (855-373-4636)  Automated line: (800) 392-1261 
Food Stamp recipients call Mia Ponder at 573-443-8706 ext. 1052 for placement information
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

The SkillUP program offers Food Stamp and TANF 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 Job Centers, the University of Missouri and Central Missouri Community Action.

University of Missouri Extension - Boone 
1012 N. Highway UU Columbia, MO 65203
(573)445-9792   Fax: (573) 445-9807

Hours: 8-4:30 pm Monday through Friday closed noon-12:30 for lunch
Vision statement: University of Missouri Extension is a valued and trusted educational solution to improve the quality of life in Missouri, the nation and the world.
Mission statement: Our distinct land grant mission is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies that enhance access to the resources and research of the University of Missouri.
Eligibility: Open to all
Fees: Nominal charges for some programs; many available at no charge

WILL - Woods Institute of Language & Literacy
Columbia, MO 
Text or Call 573.424.0248  

WILL provides instruction for adult English language learners working toward a High School Equivalency (HSE) Certificate, job and vocational training.  The classes are free and open to adults 16 years of age and older. This program is designed to develop English proficiency while studying academic and work skills. 
WILL's mission is to remove barriers for education and work skills development of adults working to improve their socioeconomic status.
Classes are held at City of Refuge and MU Family Impact Center. Please contact for class schedules and descriptions.

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