SkillUP Success Stories: Phillip King

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March 24, 2022

SkillUP Success Stories


Phillip King: 
Truck Driving Career Path

In June of 2019 Phillip King visited the Missouri Job Center in Joplin hoping to obtain his CDL Class A license. Phillip faced several barriers that until that point, prevented him from changing his career path. As a SNAP recipient, he discovered he was eligible for SkillUP Program support. Phillip went right to work and by August (2019) he had already aced his Truck Dynasty exam and went to work for Butler Transport out of Kansas City.

Though it was difficult to be away from his family, Phillip was determined to get the road experience necessary to obtain a more local job. After three months with Butler, he accepted a higher paying job driving a gravel truck, closer to home. By December of 2019, Phillip began driving for O’Brien Ready Mix.


Less than two years later, in May of 2021, Phillip was promoted to manager of the O’Brien Ready Mix, Galena Facility. With major annual wage increases and full benefits, Phillip maintains that he will keep his CDL Class A license. He feels that it will help him when hiring and working with the truck drivers he manages.

From a reserved, quiet man, to a confident manager, Phillip’s wife summed it up best when she expressed that she is, “so proud of him and all he has accomplished.”

The SkillUP program is Missouri’s employment and training program for Food Stamp (SNAP) recipients. The program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. The program is also funded through the Administration for Children and Families, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant.

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