Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:00 AM ~ 11:30 AM ET

This “SNAP E&T (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training) and WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act): Partnering to Raise Skills and Employment” webinar will have speakers from Minnesota and Oregon.


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 skills necessary to qualify for jobs leading to self-sufficiency. Guidance issued by Food and Nutrition Service 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 provide employment and training services through American Job Centers (also known as one-stop centers).

This webinar highlighted how States can use SNAP E&T funds strategically, along with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) resources, to expand the types of services E&T participants receive to more comprehensively meet their needs and improve outcomes. Representatives from Worksystems in Portland, Oregon and the State of Minnesota shared how their SNAP E&T program and workforce systems are working together, including through third-party partnership models.


Lynn Dahn, SNAP E&T Program Coordinator and Liaison Between DHS and DEED, State of Minnesota
Nola Speiser, Workforce Development Director with Hennepin County, Minnesota
Stacey Triplett, Community Programs Manager, Worksystems, Inc. (Portland, Oregon)
Patrick Gihring, Chief Program Officer, Worksystems (Portland, Oregon)
Julie Strawn, Principal Associate, Abt Associates / SNAP to Skills Team
Rachel Gragg, Sr. Policy Analyst, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Office of Employment and Training