Basic Food, Employment, and Training


The Basic Food, Employment, & Training (BFET) program is a federally funded program
designed to support students who are receiving food stamps  in reaching their educational and career goals so that they no longer require assistance from DSHS in meeting basic needs.

The priority deadline for WINTER QUARTER 2015  BFET applications is Friday, December 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.


Services 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. OR scan and email them to Katie Viola at

  5. The priority deadline for Winter applications is December 5, 2014.
    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.

  6. You will be notified via email that your application has been received by BFET within 1 week.

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



Applications received after the BFET deadline that meet all eligibility will be added to the BFET waitlist and considered for participation in the BFET program for the following quarter.Being added to the waitlist does not guarantee that you will become a participant in the BFET program, as applications will be re-evaluated for eligibility.


BFET Contact

Katie Viola, M.Ed  |  BFET Coordinator
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. Students who are co-enrolled in Opportunity Grant will work with Adria Sneed for both OG and BFET. Students who are co-enrolled in Worker Retraining and BFET will work with Kaytlyn Hoch and Jayne Heyde for both WRT and BFET.


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.


Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Qualifications: Low-Income Adults, dislocated Worker, displaced Homemaker, formerly self employed

King County residents may contact: Peggy O'Mear Pacific Associates 425 861 3778

Snohomish County residents may contact their local WorkSource Office.

YWCA BFET program

Qualifications: Must be receiving food stamps and not on TANF, must be seeking employment.

Bellevue/Kirkland residents: Ed Smith

Snohomish County residents: Alex Leong

King County Homeless Employment Project

Qualifications: Homeless or at risk of homelessness, must be a king county resident, must be re-ceiving basic food assistance, must be seeking employment.
Contact: Denis Rajic 206-930-8504 Available at LWIT Wednesdays from 12pm-4pm in the Advising Office, W207. Call or email for appt.