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UMOS, a non-profit advocacy organization, provides programs and services which improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of under-served populations.
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Workforce Development

UMOS' Workforce Development Programs are Equal Opportunity Programs.


Transitional jobs workers

Before moving to Wisconsin from Kentucky, James Lawson baled hay and worked on poultry farms. He enrolled in the UMOS National Farmworker Jobs Program for Heavy Equipment II and Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training.

He completed his training with Associated Training Services School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He is now working on a hog and cattle farm operating heavy equipment machinery to move feed for the animals.

His increased skills have allowed him to go from making $9.00/hr. to $17.00/hr.

The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The UMOS National Farmworker Jobs Program is operated in Missouri and Wisconsin.

The program partners with community organizations and state agencies to counter the chronic un-employment and under-employment experienced by farmworkers who depend primarily on jobs in agriculture across each state.

The NFJP targets individuals who are low-income facing multiple barriers to economic self-sufficiency. These individuals (adult or Youth) can be seasonal or migrant farmworkers or dependents of eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

The UMOS National Farmworkers Jobs Program-Missouri, is considered one of the top performing programs in the nation.

2016-17 Goals and Achievements Chart

The UMOS NFJP-Missouri is one of the few programs in the country that have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the State Department of Corrections.

The goal of both the Missouri and Wisconsin programs is to provide education and training in jobs that allow individuals to earn an income that will be sustainable year-round, or assist individuals with job placement and retention activities with or without training completion.