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Couleecap helps low-income adults


WESTBY, Wis. (WXOW)- Couleecap’s Skills Enhancement Program helps low-income adults, who work at least 20 hours a week, acquire the skills to get higher paying jobs and health benefits.

Couleecap is a community action program who aims to lower poverty by promoting self sufficiency. They have a presence throughout Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe, and Vernon counties.

“The Skills Enhancement program is a stepping-stone to self-sufficiency and is designed to address the training needs of low-income workers,” says Andrew Londre, Couleecap’s Business & Income Developer.

According to the US Census Bureau, 12.5% of Wisconsinites are below the poverty line at roughly 700,000 people. In La Crosse alone, the poverty rate is higher than the state rate at 13.7%.

The Skills Enhancement Program can help these people with the costs of going back to school and furthering their education. Couleecap may be able to help pay for books, tuition and class fees, transportation, and child care costs. Couleecap alternatively provides participants the opportunity to join trade development and certificate programs.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, Couleecap is expanding their Skills Enhancement Program in 2014. Couleecap is looking for adults who may qualify for their assistance.

To find out if you may be eligible for Couleecap’s Skills Enhancement Program, visit Couleecap’s website at and click on programs, or contact Andrew Londre, Business and Income Developer at 608-782-5525.

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