Education and Job Training

The Mission provides a personalized approach to education and job training. Instructors and volunteers guide each student into life-sustaining professions.

Our students come from every background, from people in their later years who have never worked a job to professionals who fell into an unproductive lifestyle.

The program takes students from where they are to where they want to go, building on their education and life experience so they are fully prepared to move back into society.

3-Phase Approach

Our LifeNet Adult Education and Training program is made up of 3 phases:

Ready Stabilization Phase: Students participate in Bible study, academic studies including GED if they need it, digital literacy, and writing. They begin to understand their unique giftings and how to be their personal best while growing in communication and other soft skills. They also take note of their positive relationships and begin fostering a healthy,  productive lifestyle as they begin thinking about their life plans.

Set Recovery Phase: In the second phase, students continue working on their academic and soft skills while exploring career options. They begin to gather information they need for a job application and work on building career-related attitudes and skills.

Go Transition Phase: In this phase, students become more intentional about preparing for the job search by participating in mock interviews, identifying a job search strategy, and preparing a skills-based resume.

In the first two phases, students also have the opportunity to choose electives to help expose them to new skills and interests.

Career Services

Throughout our adult education program, students prepare for work outside the Mission through curricula and workshops that help them take their experiences and skills to the next opportunity. More than that, students are led to dream about their God-given passions and helped to realize those dreams.

Once students obtain jobs, the care doesn’t end there.

Students are coached with help from our Career Services staff so they can succeed in their roles. Each student is  encouraged to continue growing their careers through more suitable opportunities, furthering their educations, or finding volunteer roles that meet their passions and skills.BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy


  • "Through the Mission’s programs, I was able to learn things and get some confidence so I can go out and start over – fresh and new."

    — Stan
  • "Oh man, everyone here is so thoroughly committed to my success, that I can’t possibly fail! Thanks, Union Gospel Mission."

    — Bob
  • "I’m in a work program now and I’m going back to school and I never thought that would happen. I found a new life of grace and hope and sacrifice."

    — Jess