On July 16, National Skills Coalition, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) hosted representatives from 11 states interested in developing, strengthening or expanding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) programs in their states. The meeting drew from best practices and lessons learned from Washington State’s highly successful Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program.
During the meeting, staff from National Skills Coalition, SJI, and Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges led an extensive conversation about how other states might think about building a skills-based E&T program. SNAP E&T funds a number of activities, including light-touch activities such as job search, and more intensive activities, like education and training.Meeting participants worked through step-by-step how Washington State built a skills-based program that has been able to connect SNAP recipients with meaningful education and training opportunities, enabling them to obtain industry-recognized credentials that hold real value in the labor market. Read more about the meeting on our blog.