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Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET)

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The Basic Food Employment and Training program (BFET) is a partnership between Clover Park Technical College, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Department of Social and Health Services.  BFET provides employment training and services to individuals who receive Basic Food benefits (sometimes called SNAP or food stamps) or who are eligible to apply for Basic Food benefits.  

To get started, please contact the Workforce Development Eligibility Office at 253-589-4311 or visit Building 16, Room 105.

BFET Participants May Receive

  • Ongoing mentoring and student support.
  • Financial assistance for tuition, books, required educational expenses, and emergencies.  (Financial assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis and may be limited by grant requirements, financial aid status, and grant fund availability.)
  • Ability to apply for child care subsidies through DSHS.
  • Connection with other college and community resources.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).
  • Be actively receiving Federal Basic Food benefits (or be eligible to apply for Federal Basic Food benefits through DSHS) and NOT receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or Tribal TANF cash assistance.  
  • Be admitted into any of Clover Park Technical College’s Adult Education, Adult High School Completion, or career training programs (pre-nursing does not qualify). 
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress according to CPTC’s financial aid policies. (Students must not be in financial aid suspension or in student loan default.)
  • Be willing to submit monthly progress reports.

Washington Connection

Washington Connection is a website providing information and resources for people that may qualify for benefits and services; such as food, cash, medical, childcare, long-term care, and healthcare.  From this website, you can see if you qualify and apply for multiple benefits using their online application. If in case you do not qualify, Washington Connection does offer further information for additional services through community partners and resources.