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life skills Classes

At COM, we believe that life is a continual journey of learning. No matter who you are, we all have areas where we can grow. Every week, we offer a different class to our partners to learn new skills and tricks for saving money, increasing financial stability, and improving overall wellness. Even better, those who successfully complete classes can earn bonus points for use in the food pantry. Check out this month's classes below and sign up here!

You may only sign up for a max of 2 classes per month so that we have enough class spaces for everyone to attend a class.

ONLINE CLASSES

Pantry shoppers can earn 30 bonus points for shopping in the food pantry by taking the "Parenting Wisely" online course through Community Connections. This course is designed for improving your parenting skills with either teens or young children. Parents can sign up for this online course for FREE through one of the following locations.

OACAC, 417-326-7250

or

Carol Bookhout, Polk Co. Health Center, 417-326-6276

Course participants will receive a certificate upon completion and can present this certificate to Project Thrive staff at COM to earn an additional 30 shopping points.

Class Rules

JANUARY CLASSES

SAVE MONEY WHILE DRIVING

Thurs, Jan 26, 8am

Sat, Jan 28, 8 am

Tue, Jan 31, 4 pm

A car is an important tool for daily living, but it can also be expensive. Learn tips to easily save money based on your driving habits.

Man Driving

FEBRUARY CLASSES

INTRO TO SEWING

Tue, Feb 2nd, 8AM

​Throwing away clothes after finding a hole or tear is expensive. Learn how to sew and repair clothing to extend the life of your clothes.

Sewing Equipments

HEALTHY CHANGES FOR A HEALTHY LIFE 

Tue, Feb 7th, 4PM

Thurs, Feb 9th, 8AM

Learn how to take small steps that can help create healthy habits that can benefit your health long-term. 

Healthy at any age

BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS

Tues, Feb 21st, 4PM

Thurs, Feb 23rd, 8AM

Computer skills are helpful in the digital world we live in. Learn how to operate a computer and the benefits of using Google.

Computer Programmers

BUYING A CAR 101

Sat, Feb 4th, 8AM

Sat, Feb 25th, 8AM

Tue, Feb 28th, 4PM

Buying a car can be overwhelming and expensive. Learn the steps on how to research, negotiate, finance, and buy a car.

Giving Car Key to Valet

BUDGETING AND SPENDING LEAKS

Sat, Feb 11th, 8AM

Tue, Feb 14th, 4PM

Thurs, Feb 16th, 8AM 

Sat, Feb 18th 8AM

The key to any financial stability starts with spending within your limits. A budget can help you not only make ends meet, but save money for wants as well. Learn how.

Accountant

Additionally, you can check out these short online courses to learn additional tips and tricks:

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