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Basic Food, Employment and Training (BFET)

The Basic Food, Employment and Training program (BFET) provides access and services to food stamp recipients in Washington state. Services include job search and job search training, education and skills training, and support services to Basic Food recipients not participating in the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

The BFET program, offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is a source of funds for state and local agencies. States administer the process through a designated BFET administrative agency. The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is the designated agency in Washington. All 34 community and technical colleges participate in the BFET program.


Erin Frasier
Policy Associate, Workforce Education

Jennifer Dellinger
Program Administrator, Workforce Education

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BFET Application Guidelines and Documents

The documents on the BFET grants page provide detailed information about how grant funds can be used, who can apply, the application process and deadlines.

SBCTC is an equal opportunity provider. Visit the USDA site for complete information or to file a complaint.

Washington State Perkins V Plan

Find information about Perkins V (the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act) is being implemented in Washington. Information and resources are available for community and technical colleges at Perkins V.

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System Messaging

BFET listserv emails will be transitioning to the Workforce Student Supports Canvas Community on August 1, 2020. Contact Dylan Jilek at to join the Canvas and get involved in conversations with your peers at other colleges. The Workforce Student Supports Canvas Community is also your one-stop shop for program resources!

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