This page contains information on upcoming webinars, recordings of past webinars, trainings, and other live-learning opportunities. Check back frequently for new resources.
Webinar: Adapting SNAP E&T Services for the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond (SNAP to Skills Project, 2020)
On June 18, S2S hosted a webinar about how States and their provider partners have had to quickly re-tool their SNAP E&T services, shift to virtual delivery models and plan for a new normal that includes fewer options for in-person interaction to engage participants. Presenters John Briscoe, SSP Employment and Training Programs Manager, Oregon Department of Human Services; Jerry Rubin, Executive Director, Jewish Vocational Services (Boston, MA); Kate Kinder, Director, Portland Community College (Portland, OR), and Valerie Greenhagen, Regional Director, Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) shared what has worked, what has been most challenging, and what emerging practices will remain as they re-open and move beyond the pandemic. Access the webinar video here and slides here.
Webinar: Using Data to Assess and Improve SNAP E&T Programs (SNAP to Skills Project, 2019)
This webinar focused on how States are using more and better data to ensure their programs are effectively and efficiently moving SNAP participants toward self-sufficiency. The webinar addressed key questions about data such as: What type of outcome data and other information should States use to determine if their SNAP E&T programs and providers are administered well and are achieving good outcomes for participants? Where and how can they get this data? How can States use data to continuously improve their programs? Webinar presenters included USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the States of Pennsylvania and Washington. Access the webinar video here and slides here.
Webinar: Using “Intermediaries” to Streamline Operations and Support Expanded SNAP E&T Programs (SNAP to Skills Project, 2019)
Did you miss the July 18 SNAP to Skills webinar, Using “Intermediaries” to Streamline Operations and Support Expanded SNAP E&T Programs? This well-attended webinar focused on using “intermediaries” to streamline the administration of SNAP E&T programs, allowing programs to expand more quickly. Intermediaries are organizations or entities that can carry out a number of required administrative tasks and provide support to State SNAP E&T programs by centralizing some operational and fiscal functions. Presenters shared a variety of intermediary models currently being used in SNAP E&T programs around the U.S. Access the webinar recording here and the slide deck here.
Webinar: Participant Engagement Strategies for SNAP E&T (SNAP to Skills Project, 2019)
This SNAP to Skills webinar will focus on strategies for engaging participants in SNAP E&T programs. Fenton, a nationally-recognized social issues communications firm, will teach webinar participants the basics of creating and implementing effective messaging strategies to engage program participants, and will explore some current examples of SNAP E&T messaging. Webinar participants will also learn about participant engagement strategies unique to SNAP E&T, as well as what the latest insights from behavioral science can tell us about effective approaches. The speaker line up will include representatives of the Kansas SNAP E&T program and of Able Networks (a Chicago-based SNAP E&T third-party partner) sharing real examples of successful participant engagements efforts. Access the webinar video here.
Webinar: Securing Employment and Stabilizing Housing: Connecting SNAP Employment and Training with Housing Services and Programs (SNAP to Skills Project, 2018)
Many low-income adults on SNAP are heavily rent burdened, experience housing instability or have fallen into literal homelessness. Accessing employment and training programs to secure the type of job needed to afford stable housing can be an overwhelming and complex endeavor. This webinar will focus on how SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) can support programs and partnerships that best meet the needs of unstably housed and homeless SNAP recipients. Webinar participants will hear from SNAP E&T providers from Massachusetts and Arkansas along with their State SNAP agencies to learn about innovative approaches to improving employment outcomes and stabilizing housing for SNAP recipients. View the 508 compliant slide deck here and the webinar video here.
Webinar: Partnering to Raise Skills and Employment (SNAP E&T and WIOA, 2018)
SNAP Employment and Training programs (SNAP E&T) and State and local workforce agencies share a common goal of enabling low-income individuals to gain the skills necessary to qualify for jobs leading to self-sufficiency. Guidance issued by FNS in March 2016 encouraged SNAP and workforce agencies to collaborate on shared strategies that connect SNAP recipients — particularly able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) — to employment and training services through American Job Centers (also known as one-stop centers). This webinar highlights how States can use SNAP E&T funds strategically, along with WIOA resources, to expand the types of services E&T participants receive to more comprehensively meet their needs and improve outcomes. Worksystems in Portland, Oregon and the State of Minnesota share how their SNAP E&T program and workforce systems are working together, including through third-party partnership models. View the 508 compliant slide deck here and the webinar video here.
Webinar: Better Jobs and Increased Outcomes: Integrating SNAP E&T into Career Pathways Programs (SNAP to Skills Project, 2018)
This webinar focused on how Career Pathways can help SNAP participants upgrade their skills and advance to higher paying jobs by completing training and obtaining credentials in industries with strong employment opportunities. Webinar participants learned how SNAP E&T can integrate with Career Pathways programs to create expanded opportunities for SNAP participants, leverage other funding, and fill service gaps to increase impact. Participants heard from specific communities on how they have integrated SNAP E&T with Career Pathways to create opportunities for participants to obtain better jobs and increase earnings. Access the webinar video here.
Webinar: Ramping-Up Your State SNAP E&T Employment & Training Program (American Public Human Service Association, 2017)
Policymakers are increasingly interested in SNAP's role not only as an anti-hunger program and work support, but as a program that promotes work, career advancement, and independence. There has perhaps never been a more opportune time to grow and strengthen SNAP Employment & Training programs' capacity to help SNAP participants work more, earn more, and move up the economic ladder. This webinar shares how Wyoming is seizing this opportunity by ramping-up their SNAP E&T programs and FNS's SNAP Employment & Training team offers insight to the resources and opportunities available for your state to do the same.
Webinar: SNAP E&T Outcome Reporting Requirements (Food and Nutrition Service, 2017)
This webinar was hosted by FNS on August 23, 2017 to highlight some of the clarifications provided through the second round of Q&A’s released in May 2017, such as the suggested report template, national measures and component completion measures. In addition, the webinar featured speakers from the Department of Labor, Office of Unemployment Insurance who spoke on the allowable use of employment and wage information from the Unemployment Insurance system.
Webinar: Improving Statewide Data Integration, Sharing, and Use (U.S. Department of Labor, 2017)
This Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) webinar, conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, highlights the diverse approaches that three States—Massachusetts, Missouri, and Kansas—are undertaking to create integrated data systems through partnerships between community colleges and the workforce system.
Webinar: Community College SNAP E&T Partnerships (SNAP to Skills Project, 2017)
This webinar highlights the value and opportunity community and technical college partnerships and the role they can play in building robust, demand-driven SNAP E&T programs. The webinar discusses key steps for understanding the local community college system and organizational structure and how to identify and utilize existing, available non-federal funds through the 50-50 third-party reimbursement model. The webinar is targeted to State agencies and community colleges.
Webinar: Development in Skills-Based SNAP E&T (National Skills Coalition and Seattle Jobs Initiative, 2016)
This webinar discussed the emergence of SNAP E&T as a skill-building program, informing participants of how some States are working to align SNAP E&T with key State workforce development initiatives and with WIOA to create pathways to credentials and careers.
Webinar: Securing Third-Party Partners for SNAP E&T Programs (SNAP to Skills Project, 2016)
This webinar, recorded on July 20, 2016 and presented through the SNAP to Skills project, walks States through a high-level understanding of the steps involved in building a third-party partnership, including how potential providers are identified and assessed for program fit and how partners can be educated about SNAP E&T, contracted and on-boarded.
Webinar: An Untapped Resource: Understanding SNAP E&T (National Skills Coalition, 2014)
On July 8, 2014, National Skills Coalition hosted this webinar on the potential of SNAP E&T and how State and local communities can best capitalize on this largely untapped resource. Panelists included: Rachel Gragg, National Skills Coalition; Ed Bolen, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Rick Krauss, Consultant, formerly with the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges; Laura Rowley, Seattle Jobs Initiative; and Dr. David Stout, State of South Carolina.