What is SNAP E&T?
SNAP E&T provides employment and training assistance to individuals receiving SNAP benefits who wish to get some help with career exploration and job search. Program funds are available to support various education, training, employment, and related services for SNAP recipients.
What does the SNAP E&T program include?
Program services begin with A CMJTS employment specialist (ES). Your ES will help you develop a plan to get back to work quickly. Our goal is to help SNAP participants gain skills, training, or work experience to increase their ability to obtain regular employment, leading to a good job with a living wage. Your ES will begin with questions about your work and school history, interests, abilities, strengths, and challenges. The information will help you and your ES develop goals with action steps towards employment.
Your ES can help you with job search, education, and training, including basic skills instruction like math, reading, or computer skills. Do you need a laptop to help complete your job search or training goals? You are welcome to use one of ours! CMJTS has a laptop loan program for our SNAP E&T customers. In addition, support services may help cover some of the costs associated with participation in the SNAP E&T program and may include transportation, childcare costs, books and supplies, or tools needed to start work.
What if I’m attending a college program?
Students enrolled in higher education and receiving SNAP benefits may access additional support. Your ES plays a crucial role in your success by supporting a long-term career pathway, leveraging the expertise and resources of other CMJTS programs like the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult program, and providing the guidance to navigate the education system. For more information about the WIOA Adult program: https://www.cmjts.org/programs/adult-programs/
I have a time limit to receive benefits, can you help?
One of SNAP’s harshest rules is that unemployed individuals aged 18 to 50 not living with children are limited to three months of SNAP benefits in any 36-month period when they aren’t employed or in a work or training program for at least 20 hours a week. However, your ES can help you earn additional months. You and your ES will assess your situation to determine the most effective way to help.
Check out the video below to learn more about how CMJTS can help you: