Frequently Asked Questions

  

Who can attend the Skill Center programs?

The Skills Center is for anyone who has a disability. We serve people from St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren, and St. Louis Counties including the City of St. Louis.


Can you serve high school students?

Yes, the Skills Center can accommodate students in high school. Some agencies have funding restrictions for students, but we are currently working with school districts for placement and tuition coverage for 4th or 5th year seniors.  Attending a Hiset program is not considered being enrolled in high school.


Does the student need a diploma and/or Hiset?

Employers may require that a student has completed high school or an equivalency prior to employment, but they do not need a diploma or Hiset to enter.


Is there a minimum age or maximum age?

Most manufacturers require a person to be 18 in order to work full time. There is no maximum age as long as the person wants to work.


Are there any entrance exams?

We do not have entrance exams, but we do require students to complete a brief trial (two hours or less) for each vocational program. If students are unable to successfully complete the trial, they will be provided with resources to improve their performance and return for additional trials in the future.


In order to start the Salesforce program, students must have basic computer skills. This includes using a mouse, using web browsers, creating files, and navigating within the Windows operating system. If the student does not have basic computer skills, we encourage them to develop these skills through non-credit classes at area community colleges.


Students are not required to possess prior knowledge in order to start the True Manufacturing program. However, students must be able to follow directions. They should also understand that stamina and physical tasks will be required by the employer. 


There is a trial for both True manufacturing and Salesforce. If students are unable to successfully complete the trial, they will be provided with resources to improve their performance and return for additional trials in the future.


What is the tuition cost?

The tuition cost to participate in the Skills Center is $250 per week / $2,000 average per month. There is no pro-rating for partial weeks.


Is the money for tuition paid in full before the individual starts the program?

The current arrangement is for funding agencies or individuals to be billed on a monthly basis at the end of the month for the student’s participation.


How do I get funding for the program?

Funding comes from a variety of sources, including DDRB, Workforce Development, DMH, SkillUp, and scholarship dollars. We are in the process of obtaining funding from additional sources. Please call 636-875-5251 for the latest information on funding options.  


If an individual starts the program but for some reason does not complete it, are they responsible for the full tuition amount or just an amount for the portions completed?

The individual will only be billed for the weeks they attended. Individuals must notify the Skills Center in writing if they intend on dropping the class.


How long is the program?

For most students, the Salesforce program is 16 weeks, and the True Manufacturing program is eight weeks. 


What are the hours for the program?

Students participate in daily 3-hour classes Monday through Friday. Class times are 7:30-10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The duration of the class will vary upon the individualized needs of the student to learn the necessary hard and soft skills in order to be successful in the chosen employment area.


Are individuals guaranteed a paid position upon successful completion of the program?

While no one can guarantee that a student will obtain a job, we do our best to see that our students are prepared for competitive employment. 


Salesforce students are prepared to become Junior Database Administrators following completion of the class and passing the Salesforce System Administrator certification test. For students who are not able to pass the System Administrator certification exam, they have garnered sufficient computer skills to take on other data-related positions. We have also partnered with LaunchCode to offer paid internships for students who may need extra practice.


For the True Manufacturing program, the Skills Center is working directly with True to interview students who successfully complete the program. The tasks the students learn in the Skills Center program are directly related to Production Team Member positions at True in O’ Fallon. Upon completing the interview process and other pre-employment expectations, we have an agreement with True to offer full-time employment to our program graduates. 


Is there an attendance policy?

Students are expected to attend the same session every day. The attendance policy is dependent on the length of the program in which the student is enrolled. Absences should be called in to the instructor. 


Is there a dress code?

Students are expected to wear business casual dress if they are enrolled in the Salesforce program. If they are attending the True Manufacturing program, students will be expected to follow True’s dress code and shoe policy.


Do students receive employability skills training in addition to their vocational training?

Yes, each student participates in soft skills development for one hour each school day. Students learn and practice a variety of desirable soft skills, including communication, problem solving, dress and appearance, teamwork, and workplace expectations. All material is presented and practiced through the lens of professional work. Students participate in class discussions, partner work, independent work, role play scenarios, and mock interviews.


Does the Skills Center provide job placement services for students?

The Skills Center staff is equipped to assist students with their job search. Services include assistance with searching and applying for jobs, creating a professional resume and cover letter, interviewing skills, professional networking skills, and developing a professional LinkedIn profile. Skills Center staff members maintain regular outreach with companies throughout the St. Louis region to encourage employers to place Skills Center graduates.


When should I apply to the Skills Center?

The Skills Center has an open admissions schedule, with multiple start dates throughout the year. There is currently no application deadline.


Is the Skills Center a for-profit school?

No, we are a 501c3 nonprofit organization.


Where is the Skills Center located?

We are located at 2026 Trade Center Drive, which is on the north side of I-70 off Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in St. Peters. The Skills Center is on the far north end of the EMT (Emergency Medical Transportation) building; directly across the street from CrossFit.