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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 College
1001 Rogers St., Columbia, MO 65216
573-875-8700  800-231-2391

Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. A private, nonprofit liberal arts and sciences college, Columbia College takes pride in small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. CC has a traditional campus, more than 30 venues nationwide, an evening program in Columbia, Mo., and an online program. The college serves approximately 18,000 students annually.
The college offers associate and bachelor's degrees, as well as master's degrees at the main campus, selected venues and online.

Columbia Public Schools - Adult Learning Center
4203 S Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203  and J.W. Blind Boone Center  301 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203 
573-214-3803   Fax: 573-214-3811

The Adult Learning Center has served adults in the Mid-Missouri area since 1978.  The ALC has class sites at the Family Impact Center, J.W. Blind Boone Center and Columbia Area Career Center. The purpose of the ALC is to assist adults in one or more of the following areas:
  • Become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment, post secondary education and self-sufficiency.
  • Become proficient in English language skills.
  • Overcome barriers and transition into employment and/or post secondary education and training programs.
  • The ALC provides services and instructions in English Language Learning (ELL): Instruction designed to help individuals of limited English proficiency achieve competence in the English language. 

Columbia Area Career Center
4203 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203
573-214-3803  Fax: 573-214-3811

Services: Adult online training programs and other personal enrichment training.

Daniel Boone Regional Library
Columbia Library: 100 West Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
Southern Boone County: 109 Main St, Ashland, MO 65010
Callaway County Library: 710 Court Street, Fulton, MO 65251
Columbia Hours: 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. Friday, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Saturday, 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. Sunday
Southern Boone Hours: 9:00a.m.-7:00p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:00a.m-3:00p.m. Friday and Saturday
Callaway County Hours: 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-5:00p.m. Friday and Saturday
Columbia (573)443-3161, Ashland (573)657-7378, Fulton (573)642-7261
Fax: Columbia (573)499-0191

Services: Free access to books, audiobooks, magazines, music CDs, newspapers, DVDs, electronic resources and other library material; ESL and Spanish language materials; consumer and government information; telephone and e-mail reference information; public access computers; story times for children; summer reading program for children, teens and adults; One Read community reading program; events and classes for children, teens and adults; tours; bookmobile service to rural communities, neighborhoods and licensed child care centers; home and nursing home visits for homebound persons; liaison with Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, comic books, streaming music, TV shows & movies, continuing education classes, genealogy resources, yearbook archive and other online resources
Fee: None 
Eligibility: Open to citizens of Boone and Callaway Counties 
Intake Procedures: Call Outreach Department for mail, bookmobile, and shut-in service; walk-in or phone for other services 
Required Documentation for Services: Proof of residency required for library card, some services available without a library card (reference services, magazines & newspapers, tax forms, etc.) Adults can apply online: 
Geographic Area Served: Boone, Callaway Counties; Locations: Columbia, Ashland, Fulton 
Foreign Languages Spoken: Spanish is spoken by some staff 
Other Names/Acronyms: Columbia Public Library

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!

Missouri Department of Education, Adult Education and Literacy
205 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, MO 65102

The Missouri Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program provides assistance that helps Missouri adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English Language Acquisition. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency, and problem-solving.
Eligible students – adults 17 years of age or older not presently enrolled in secondary school (or 16 years old not presently enrolled in secondary school but have completed 16 hours of credit toward high school graduation) and speakers of English as a second language.

Moberly Area Community College - Columbia Campus
601 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65203

MACC is the college for you! We provide a quality education at an affordable price.

Skill Up Program
SNAP recipients contact: CMCA Family Resource Center 
800 N. Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203
Mia Ponder (573) 443-1100 ext.1052 Mon-Fri 8-5

TANF recipients contact: MERS Goodwill
101 N. 4th St., Columbia, MO 65201
Food Stamp Program / Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Offered in partnership with the MO Department of Social Services, SkillUp helps SNAP and TANF recipients obtain skills, training, education, and employer connections that lead to employment and on-the-job success.

Stephens College
1200 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65215

Founded in 1833, Stephens College is an institution committed to her mission: Learn. Grow. Lead. Stephens is resilient and optimistic, faithful to her traditions, and eager to embrace whatever the future may bring. Focused on the arts, humanities and health sciences, Stephens continues to prepare graduates (whether from our undergraduate residential college, co-educational graduate programs or 90-year-strong Children’s School) for the lives that await them — lives of distinction, integrity and service. Stephens College is proud to be the second-oldest women’s college in the country. Shaped by our Ten Ideals, we stand in service to generation after generation of Stephens students.

University of Missouri
230 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211

The University of Missouri is a public research university in Columbia, Missouri. It is Missouri's largest university and the flagship of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Founded in 1839, it was the first public university west of the Mississippi River.

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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