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Continuing Education

Skills Enhancement

Updated May 2019 - Western Dairyland's Skills Enhancement program offers financial assistance to individuals who are working while pursuing post-secondary education. Low-wage earners who are working at least 20 hours per week and are attending a university or technical school may qualify for assistance designed to fill the gaps not covered by student loans and other programs. Financial assistance may include help with books, tuition, parking fees, mileage, scrubs, tools and school supplies. We may also assist clients with applications, paperwork, and career choices.


Eligibility Requirements
1. Must be working at least 20 hours per week.
2. Must be enrolled in accredited course that will ultimately result in at least a $3.00 per hour increase in wages.
3. Must live in Eau Claire, Buffalo, Jackson or Trempealeau county

Income Eligibility - 150% 0f Poverty Guidelines

Household Size 

Income at or below 

$18,735 

$25,365 

$31,995 

$38,625 

$45,255 

$51,885 

$58,515 

$65,145 

Contact Us

Karen Anderson

Independence:
715-985-2391 ext. 1257

Eau Claire:
715-836-7511 ext. 1150

Email: karen.anderson@wdeoc.org

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