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Educational Offerings for People who Receive Public Assistance

Are you a person who needs classes to continue to receive public assistance? Programs like the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), Divisionary Work Program (DWP), and Food Support often require its participants to participate in activities that meet job/life skills. The Extension Center for Family Development can help!

The following educational offerings help you build important job/life skills. All offerings provide you with a certificate, verifying those hours, upon completion.


Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence Online Course

Learn how to identify and address overindulgence in your home. Parents and caregivers overindulge children from a "good heart" but it does not help children (or families) in the long run. Minimizing overindulgence can improve family well-being and stability.

Change: Loss, Opportunity and Resilience Online Course

Learn about change and its effects on you. Responding to change in a more proactive manner can help you have more control and stability in your life.

Making Family Mealtime a Tradition Online Course

Learn about the benefits of eating meals together as a family and tips for getting started. Spending more time together as a family is an important factor in keeping a stable home.

Shop and Save Online Course

Learn how to save money at the grocery store. Through helpful strategies like saving money while shopping and purchasing more nutrition foods, you can help decrease your stress and increase your energy. This can help you focus on your job when you are at work.

The Nutrition Facts Panel Online Course: A Guide to Wise Food Choices

Learn how to read and utilize nutrition facts labels. Effectively reading food labels can help you make wise food choices and stay healthier, which can help you find and keep a job.

Renter 101 Online Course

Learn more about the rental process and obtaining and keeping a rental unit. Stable housing helps in securing and keeping a stable job.


Simply Good Eating

Explore the large variety of nutrition education classes offered to Food Support-eligible clients. Learn to stretch food dollars, make healthy food choices, prepare quick and easy healthy meals, and become more physically active.

  • Cost: Free if you are Food Support-eligible
  • Hours Upon Completion: 1-6 depending on the class(es) attended
  • Contact us for classes being offered in your area or to partner with us to provide classes at your site

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