Basic Food, Employment, and Training

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The Basic Food, Employment, & Training (BFET) program is a federally funded program
designed to support students who are receiving food stamps.

The priority deadline for SUMMER QUARTER 2014 BFET applications is Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by 4:30pm.

The priority deadline for FALL QUARTER 2014 BFET applications is Thursday, September 5th, 2014 by 4:30pm.

Completed applications meeting all BFET qualifications received before this date will be processed before the start of the respective quarter.If approved by DSHS, these applicants may be eligible for a $250 book voucher. All applications received after this date may be placed on the BFET waitlist and are not eligible for a $250 book voucher Spring quarter.

 

Benefits May Include

  • Book & supply Assistance (up to $250 per quarter)

  • Childcare assistance through Working Connections Childcare (DSHS)

  • Eligibility for food stamps if previously denied

  • Continuation of food stamps while in school

  • Personal support, goal setting, and problem-solving

  • Career and educational advising and planning

* Please note that the LWTech BFET program does not provide tuition assistance. The primary way students pay for school is through the Free Application For Student Aid.

You May Qualify If ...

  • You are receiving or eligible to receive federal food stamps (students who have been denied in the past may become eligible for food stamps through the BFET program and are encouraged to apply)

  • You are not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

  • You have applied for the 2014-2015 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and had your application sent to LWTech. Your Financial Aid file must be "complete" (all documentation turned in and processed) according to the Financial Aid office. To find out if your file is complete, contact the financial aid office via email.

  • You are enrolled in a professional-technical program at LWTech (not a transfer program) OR are in basic skills courses (ABED, ESL,  GED, HS21+)

  • You do not have a Bachelor's degree (exception: if you are a student who has a bachelor's degree and is part of the worker retraining program)

  • You understand that a cumulative and quarterly GPA of 2.0 or higher is required.  Additionally, once awarded BFET, Pre-Nursing and Occupational Therapy Assistant students are required to receive a grade of 3.0 or higher in each of the pre-requisite courses for RN, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant. 

  • You are committed to getting a job upon completion of your program.

How To Apply

  1. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, choose Lake Washington Institute of Technology as the school you would like to send the application. Turn in all accompanying paperwork to the LWTech Financial Aid Office, including the Financial Aid Data Sheet. 

  2. Complete the BFET Eligibility Checklist *

  3. Complete the  Workforce Development Application

  4. Turn in completed BFET Eligibility Checklist AND Workforce Development Application to the front desk of the Advising Office, W207.

  5. The priority deadline for the SUMMER BFET applications is June 12th. The priority deadline for FALL BFET applications is September 5th.
    Completed applications meeting ALL BFET qualifications received before this date will be processed before the start of the respective quarter. If approved by DSHS, these applicants may be eligible for a $250 book voucher. All applications received after this date may be placed on the BFET waitlist and are not eligible for a $250 book voucher Spring quarter.

*Printed copies of the BFET Eligibility Checklist and Application are available for pick up in the Advising Office, West Building, W207

 

Waitlist

In order to determine eligibility for the BFET program and to be added to the waitlist, please complete the BFET Eligibility Checklist and the Workforce Development Application. Turn these items in to the front desk in the Advising Office, W207. Being added to the waitlist does not guarantee that you will become a participant in the BFET program. 

 

BFET Contact

Katie Viola, M.Ed
katie.viola@lwtech.edu
425-576-5811
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
West Building, W207
11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034

Opportunity Grant and Retraining Students

Students who are co-enrolled in the Opportunity Grant and/or Worker Retraining programs may also be eligible for co-enrollment in the BFET program. To find out more information please contact your program advisor, as you do not need to fill out a duplicate application.

 

BFET Community Partners

LWTech partners with Community Based Organizations that offer BFET assistance. BFET assistance from community based organizations can be received in conjunction with LWTech BFET assistance.

 

YWCA

Qualifications

  • Bellevue or Kirkland Resident; must be receiving food stamps and not on TANF.

Services Offered

  • Job search and job placement, including resumes, cover letters, and interviewing skills

  • Occupational skills and job readiness training

  • Tuition and support services may be available

  • Referral and access to Working Wardrobe for interview appropriate clothing

Contact Information

Ed Smith
Phone: 425-861-3722
Fax: 425-497-3659 
Email: esmith@ywcaworks.org
Available on LWTech Kirkland Campus: Thursdays 9am-1pm in W207. Call or email for an appointment.

 

King County Homeless Employment Project

Qualifications

  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness (or living in a shelter, transitional housing, couch surfing, at tent city, sleeping on the street/in your car), must be a king county resident, must be seeking employment.

Services Offered

  • Job search and job placement including resimes, interviewing skills, overcoming background issues

  • Transportation, clothing, and other assistance may be available

Contact Information

Denis Rajic
Phone: 206-930-850
Email: denis@tracassoc.com
Available on LWTech Kirkland campus: Wednesdays from 12-4pm in W207. Call or email for an appointment.