State Institutes

The SNAP E&T State Institutes provide the opportunity for a select number of States to participate in a semi-national convening on how to strengthen their SNAP E&T program by utilizing employer-driven strategies. Seattle Jobs Initiative, a national nonprofit that operates the SNAP to Skills Project, will work in partnership with FNS to operate the State Institutes.

There will be two State Institutes offered in 2019. State SNAP Agencies are eligible to apply to one or both. The State Institutes will be offered as follows:

  • Taking SNAP E&T to Scale (March 12 - 14, 2019)
    This convening will focus on topics that may be useful to State SNAP Agencies who are entering or already in a growth phase of their SNAP E&T program (as described in the SNAP E&T Operations Handbook). Attendees will hear from States and their peers about ways to streamline processes and policies in an expanded or quickly growing E&T program, how to ensure appropriate placements for SNAP E&T participants, and explore best practices in fiscal management.
     
  • Improving Outcomes with Work- and Skills-Based SNAP E&T Strategies (Fall 2019)
    This convening will focus on how to strengthen a State’s SNAP E&T program outcomes by working with high-quality providers to identify and offer work- and skills-based workforce development strategies. Topics include how to assess the needs of SNAP participants, identifying the right service strategies to meet your State’s goals, and how to recognize employer-driven, skills-based programs that are likely to best serve the diverse needs of SNAP participants.

Learn more about the 2019 State Institutes here.

Learning Academy

The SNAP E&T Learning Academy is an opportunity for a select number of individuals to gain technical expertise on SNAP E&T that prepares them to work within their State or across multiple States to build high-quality, employer-driven SNAP E&T programs. The purpose of the Academy is to increase national expertise and create new leadership capacity to build SNAP E&T programs that help individuals gain employer-valued skills and find good jobs.

Academy participants develop expertise in building employer-driven programs, leveraging 50 percent reimbursement funding, and identifying and partnering with third-party organizations to deliver SNAP E&T services. Participants also develop a holistic understanding of SNAP E&T, which includes understanding the roles, perspectives, and responsibilities of all SNAP E&T stakeholders. This understanding enables them to effectively collaborate with stakeholders and drive SNAP E&T program development forward in a well-informed manner.

Learn about the 2017 Learning Academy here.

Learn about the 2018 Learning Academy here.

Read the USDA blog post announcing the Learning Academy here.