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Basic Food Employment and Training

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Telephone: 360.704.4400

State Website: http://www.sbctc.edu/paying-for-college/bfet-student.aspx

Participation: 21,582 participants were served by Basic Food Employment and Training between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

Who is Served: Basic Food recipients engaged in approved employment and training activities who are not receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). Eligible participants are those who volunteer or are able-bodied adults without dependents, who must participate under federal rules.

Program Description: The Basic Food Employment & Training program provides 50-percent reimbursement to program providers for job search, basic education, vocational education, and support services for Basic Food recipients. The program is offered through the Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. In Washington, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is the designated administrative agency. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges contracts with DSHS to administer the program for 19 community and technical colleges.

Program History: The first Washington Basic Food project, then known as Food Stamp Education and Training, was implemented in King County on October 1, 2005, with a partnership of South Seattle Community College, Goodwill, Port JOBS, Seattle Jobs Initiative, YWCA, Employment Security Department, and DSHS.

A strategic planning committee has been formed to design a five-year growth plan for the program, with statewide implementation as a goal. As of October 2013, all 34 of Washington's community and technical colleges offer the program.

Planning Cycle: Annual

Outcome Measures: The program is measured by:

  • The number of participants entering employment after training.
  • Meeting projected quarterly and yearly enrollment and completions for approved activities.
  • Student achievement points

Funding and Regional Division: Community and technical colleges are awarded funds on a quarterly reimbursement basis. Basic Food Employment & Training provides a 50 percent reimbursement for eligible, non-federal expenditures spent on approved participants. Basic Food Employment & Training funds may also include additional funding, at 100 percent reimbursement, on an available basis for tuition, fees, and administrative costs.

State Funding: Eligible State Funds are used as a “match” for the federal reimbursement.

Federal Funding: $11,540,696 for 50 percent educational activity reimbursement, and $2,404,121 at 100% reimbursement for tuition, fees, books, student support services and SBCTC administrative costs (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016).

Statutory Authority: Chapter 388-444 WAC - Food Stamp Employment and Training; Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program; Department of Social and Health Services Community Services Division; State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) budget. Administered by SBCTC.

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