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Adult Education and Literacy

Boonslick Industries
1620 West Ashley Rd., PO Box 239, Boonville, MO 65233
660-882-5576   Fax: 660- 882-3018

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00
Services:  Extended Employment Center where certified employees are given the chance to take part in meaningful and paid work situations, while developing work related skills and knowledge of employment practices and policies.  Boonslick Industries acts as a small business in order to provide job opportunities to individuals with disabilities, including opportunities for work in the BII Recycling Center, I-70 Rest Areas and Savvy Seconds, an upscale resale store. 
Eligibility:  Individuals with disabilities of Cooper and Howard Counties.  Employment is contingent on certification through DESE.
Fee: None

Boonslick Library
618 Main St., Boonville, MO 65233
660- 882-5864
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-6:00, Saturday 9:00-4:00

Services: Books for recreational and educational purposes; reference materials, videos,
filmstrips, and projectors available; photocopy machine, periodicals and newspapers available,
books in Large Print, story hours for children age 3 - 5 and summer reading programs for
children, audio books on cassette. Bookmobile service to small communities, nursing homes, and
schools. Genealogy, records and cassettes.
Eligibility: Those living in Cooper County.
Fee: None, except photocopies

Boonslick Technical Education Center
1694 West Ashley Rd., Boonville, MO 65233
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 4:00-8:00pm

Services: A variety of trade classes along with GED preparation and testing. 
Eligibility: No pre-registration required. Must be age 16 or older, or have a letter from school
principle stating why they must take GED.
Fee: None

Bethel-Purim Ministries
1640 Radio Hill Rd., Boonville, MO 65233
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00

Services: food pantry, Hope Chest (office attire), Volunteer Agency Network, Job services, child care,
restoration workshops and counseling, GED/scholastic support, family support classes on money
management, domestic violence shelter.
Fee: None

CMCA - Show Me Healthy Relationships - Cooper
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 

Central Methodist University
411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO 65248

Central Methodist University is known for its high quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs, its values-centered learning experiences and longstanding church relationship, its strong liberal arts tradition, its emphasis on character and leadership development, and the success of its graduates through their further educational and professional pursuits.

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.
Geographic Area Served:  Mid-Missouri

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.

Skill Up Program
SNAP recipients contact: CMCA Family Resource Center (by appt only)
401 East High St., Boonville, MO 65233
Mia Ponder (573) 443-8706 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.

State Fair Community College
701 3rd St., Boonville, MO 65233

Whatever your career choice, State Fair Community College has a program that’s right for you! Undecided? Elective courses let you explore different majors while our skilled advisors help you explore career and degree options. We offer courses in-person, online and via web-conference that can help you expand your educational and career opportunities. Tuition is very affordable and financial aid is available. Need to complete your High School Equivalency Credential (formerly, GED)? It’s free to sign up and take classes to prepare you for the HiSET Exam. Call us to see what SFCC can do for you!

University of Missouri Extension - Cooper County
510 Jackson, Ste A, Boonville, MO 65233

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.

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

Covid 19 Statement: At this time, WILL is offering on-line instruction until it is safe to return to In Class instruction. There is a waiting list for available instructional times. Anyone interested in one to one instruction can contact WILL by email or TEXT 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.