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Skill Up Tennessee

Are you ready to take the next step to a rewarding and fulfilling job or career?

Do you need assistance with education or training to step to the next level?

Do you want to become more self-sufficient and independent?

Skill Up Tennessee is UT Extension’s SNAP Employment and Training Program. If you receive SNAP benefits and qualify, we will help you gain the skills, training or work experience needed to get a good job and/or to step up to the next level in you career, helping you to earn more money. The goal of the program is to help you reach your employment potential and become self-sufficient.


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You will partner with a Career Navigator to help you find a job that is right for you and provide the support you need to be successful in employment and become more self sufficient. Your navigator will help you with an individual assessment to set your goals and establish what you need in order to reach those goals, whether it be assistance with education or skill training or just being able to purchase uniforms or work tools. We all start somewhere and if you’re ready to move forward with a job or career path, we’re here to help you.

Program participants will receive supportive services in addition to career navigation that help with approved program activities which could include things like:

  • Gas Cards for Transportation
  • Uniforms
  • Equipment, Tools and Supplies Needed for Training and Work
  • Testing Fees
  • Books

We’ll help you access the services you need, such as adult education to complete a basic education or vocational training to gain skills for a specific career or training to help you achieve the next level in your current job.

  • Receive SNAP benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps)
  • Not receive TANF (Families First) cash assistance
  • Be willing and able to work upon completion

To see if you are eligible and to preregister go to:

tiny.utk.edu/SkillUpTN

We will verify your eligibility and then you will be contacted by a career navigator by phone for an initial assessment to make a plan to help you achieve your goals and set you on the path to success.


Are You Ready to Enroll?

Follow this link to see if you are eligible and to preregister:

tiny.utk.edu/SkillUpTN

We will verify your eligibility and then you will be contacted by a career navigator by phone for an initial assessment to make a plan to help you achieve your goals and set you on the path to success.

The main thing that Skill Up has given me is just the confidence to know that if I want to do something, I can do it because I’ve done this! – Dental Assistant School Graduate