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Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)

The Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program is a partnership between Spokane Falls Community College and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) which offers educational and workforce training opportunities to students receiving Basic Food Assistance (food stamps).

You may be eligible for the BFET program if:

  • You are currently receiving or are eligible to receive food stamps
  • You are not receiving TANF benefits through DSHS
  • You are enrolled in a Professional Technical program of study (AAS)

Program benefits may include:

  • Establishing and/or maintaining eligibility for food stamps while attending school
  • Eligibility for DSHS's Child Care Subsidy Program
  • Assistance with books and required course materials (on a funds available basis)
  • Referral to on-campus and off-campus resources
People in the Household Gross Monthly Income
1 $1,816
2 $2,452
3 $3,090
4 $3,726
5 $4,362
6 $5,000
7 $5,636
8 $6,272
9 $6,910
10 $7,546
Each Additional Add $600

Benefits to Participants:

Tuition, Books, and Course Materials
There are some circumstances in which BFET funds may be available to help you pay your tuition and/or purchase text books necessary for your program.
Child Care
Under many circumstances funds for child care services are available to participants.

Expectations of Students:

Apply for financial aid through FAFSA each year. This must be done rior to application to BFET.
Pursue a Professional-Technical Degree
Pursue a professional or technical degree or certificate which will help you reach your employment goals.
Basic Food Assistance
Maintain eligibility in Basic Food Assistance and actively participate in program requirements set by DSHS. Eligibility of participants is reviewed throughout the quarter.
Satisfactory Academic Achievement
Pass and complete all classes. Otherwise you may lose access to the program and/or financial aid eligibility.
Progress Reports
Submit signed progress & participation reports. You will receive information and reminders about deadlines for the forms. Maintain eligibility in Basic Food Assistance and actively participate in program requirements set by DSHS. Failure to submit reports on time is grounds to terminate a student's BFET program benefits.
Education Plan
An education plan is created upon enrollment in the BFET program. This will help establish your academic and career goals. The BFET coordinator will also help you navigate the appropriate classes and assist you when necessary.
Important Dates
Be aware of important dates such as: start and end dates for each quarter, holiday schedule, registration dates and times, and refund/drop dates.
Communicate Changes
Report any changes in your contact information to Registration & Records as well as to the BFET office. Notify the BFET office if you become employed while a participant.
Employment Plan
Create an employment plan identifying clear goals and a strategy for you to find employment, or to return to work after completing your training.

If you are interested in determining your eligibility to participate, or would like additional information, contact the SFCC Workforce Development office.