Skills Enhancement Program (SEP) offers an opportunity for increased wages and fringe benefits to the working poor.


  • Household income under 150% Federal Poverty Level
  • Working an average of 20 hours per week
  • Reside in West CAP service area


SEP is designed to assist with short-term training. Short term training is most likely to mean tech school, or a condensed training program such as a four-week C.N.A training program. It is not for individuals who are enrolled in a four-year degree program, unless they hold at least junior status.


  • As a result of training, wages increase a minimum of $3.00 per hour
  • Access to employer sponsored health insurance

How SEP may be able to assist

  • Tuition and related educational expenses
  • Reimbursement for school related transportation
  • Assistance with child care

Due to extremely limited funding, we are the payer of last resort. All other sources of assistance must be explored first.

The Skills Enhancement Program is designed to be an on-going partnership with the client, not a source of one-time assistance.  To that end, participants will be expected to:

  • Meet with SEP staff, develop a training plan
  • Maintain regular contact with SEP staff
  • Inform staff of changes (address, phone, income, household members, etc)
  • Complete and return all forms as required
  • Participate in follow-up surveys after exiting the program

To apply for the Skills Enhancement Program call 1-800-606-9227, or you can fill out our Online Service Application here.

Online Application

Skills Brochure

Release of information

Mileage Form

Child Care Form