The Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program is a partnership between Olympic 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.
Program benefits may include:
• Establishing and/or maintaining eligibility for food stamps while attending school
• Eligibility for DSHS’ Child Care Subsidy Program
• Assistance with books and required course materials (on a funds available basis)
• Referral to on-campus and off-campus resources
Do you qualify for Basic Food Assistance?
Benefits to Participants:
||Advise BFET staff of necessary testing fees. You may be reimbursed or provided funding.|
|Books & Course Materials
||A week prior to the new quarter, the bookstore will be provided with funds to pay for your textbooks and other required course study aids.|
||Under certain 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 prior 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.|
||Submit signed progress & participation reports. You will receive emails which provide the form and instructions, together with deadlines for submitting. 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. |
||With the aid of your faculty advisor, develop an education plan of each quarter's classes you must take to complete your degree or certificate. You may change your plans while participating in the BFET program only once, within the first three months of initiating coursework. |
||Be aware of important dates such as: start and end dates for each quarter, holiday schedule, registration dates and times, and refund/drop dates.|
||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.|
||Create an employment plan identifying clear goals and a strategy for you to find employment, or to return to work after completing your training.|
BFET Program Coordinator
College Service Center (CSC) building, Room 312
firstname.lastname@example.org | (360) 475-6551
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How to Apply
College Service Center (CSC) building, Room 312 | (360) 475-6551
Individuals may access the application online
or make an appointment with OC’s
BFET Program Coordinator, Christine Kubli.
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Individuals already participating in BFET may
access the academic progress report online.
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