Skills to Pay the Bills

Skills to Pay the Bills is a curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Labor to help teach youth and adults soft skills as well as workforce readiness. This is a modular, hands-on curriculum with engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking and professionalism. 

Why should you take this training course?

  • Enhance effective communication with coworkers and employers
  • Develop leadership skills to improve efficiency and productivity
  • Develop presentation skills to enhance self-confidence and relationships
  • Increase creativity and collaborative outcomes through brainstorming and problem solving strategies


  • Communication
    • Learn when and hoe to communicate in a business setting
  • Enthusiasm and Attitude
    • Learn how to turn negative thinking into positive thinking
    • Learn how to display and discuss enthusiasm during an interview and on the job
  • Teamwork
    • Know how to lead and follow and when it takes practice
    • Know how essential career growth and advancement is to the company
  • Networking
    • Build and maintain informational relationships or exchange information that is supportive of the professional or career goals
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
    • Ability to use knowledge, facts and data to effectively solve workplace problems
    • Know how to use these skills in a variety of settings
  • Professionalism
    • Focus on the five previous skills in a broader framework
    • Teach the importance of knowing and using each skill for workplace success

The Facts

  • Communication skills rank first among a job candidate’s “must have” skills
  • Employers promote employees who not only produce, but motivate others in the workplace
  • The ability to work as part of a team is one of the most important skills in today’s job market
  • 80% of available jobs are not advertised. The jobs are often referred to as the “hidden job market”
  • Employers want new workers to be responsible, ethical, team oriented and to possess strong interpersonal skills.

Skills to Pay the Bills is offered in Eau Claire, Menomonie and Tremealeau County.

Facilitators: Ryan O’Gara: 715-808-4511 and Heather Arnold: 608-864-2105




An Invitation for You!

We invite you and your company to take a tour of our facilities. It will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the work we currently provide for businesses. Our goal at CDC is to continue to make a difference in the lives of those individuals who are disadvantaged or disabled by providing them with work and employment.

Call 715-834-2771 Today to set up your personal tour!

The Mission of the Career Development Center

The Mission of the Career Development Center

The mission of the L.E. Phillips Career Development Center is to be a viable business enterprise as a means to provide meaningful and appropriate vocational services and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities or disadvantages.

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A tax-deductible donation of any amount will help support the CDC programs & services. The L.E. Phillips Career Development Center is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Looking for work?  Apply Today!

Looking for work? Apply Today!

Interested in applying to work at the L.E. Phillips Career Development Center? We are now accepting online applications for several production positions.