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Basic Food Employment & Training

Basic Food Employment & Training Program


The Basic Food Employment and Training Program (BFET) assists Food Stamp recipients who have been assessed as needing basic education, high school, GED/ABE, ESL or vocational training in order to increase their opportunities for employment. Allowable costs include tuition, fees and books for education and support services. All Food Stamp recipients not receiving TANF are eligible for the Food Stamp Employment and Training Program.

Skagit Valley College provides following help and services for program participants:

   Determining career goals, skills, abilities, educational level and other job-relatable assets and barriers

   Creating an individual training plan that targets employment in livable wage jobs

   GED preparation or adult basic skills training

   English as a second language instruction

   Vocational/Technical skills training in demand occupations

   Job placement services


  • Receiving or qualify for Food Assistant (click here to apply for Food Assistance)
  • Enrollment in a Professional Technical Program at SVC (ATA, Certificate, or Micro-certificate)
  • Employablity - 1 year plan to employment
  • U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident
  • Eligible for resident tuition (you must have lived in Washington for at least 12 continuous months) and be at least 18 years old 
  • Completed 2010-11 FAFSA application (showing financial need)
  • Meet income guidelines listed below:

Family Size

       Monthly Gross Income

          Annual Gross Income



















For each additional person, add 3,740


How to Apply

  • Fill out and return the application form
  • Documents required:  picture ID, social security card or Alien Registration Card, FAFSA student aid report, and proof of income (i.e. current year's tax form)
  • If eligible an intake appointment will be scheduled


Program Requirements

  • Attend Intake Session 
  • Referral from DSHS
  • Meet with advisor and complete Individual Employment and Educational Plans
  • Student must maintain cumulative 2.0 grade point average each quarter
  • High level of motivation and commitment to achieve career and educational goals
  • Attend monthly workshops
  • Communicate with Program staff on a monthly basis and turn in month attendance verification forms. 


Deadlines for application (completed application include ALL necessary documents

Summer/May 1st              Fall/July 1st         Winter/November 1st        Spring/ February 1st



Information Sessions are held the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at WorkSource, room 101, located at 2005 East College Way in Mt Vernon.

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Contact Us at: 360-416-7948              fax 360-416-7918