SNAP Education and Training Available at GCC’s GREAT Center This Fall

Monday, June 24, 2013

If you currently receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits or are eligible for SNAP but not currently participating, the GREAT Center at Gateway Community College provides short-term training and educational programs in fields where job prospects are promising.

In addition to the nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families buy food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides employment and training services for SNAP recipients and those programs are offered at the GREAT Center.

The program was established to help families with children and individuals to get a foothold in the economy, to improve their earning potential through education and training that can lead to better paying jobs.

Individuals who qualify according to established income limits can receive training in an array of areas including: bookkeeping, business, Comp TIA A+, Computer Aided Drafting, Customer Service, Desktop Publishing, Digital Printing and Production, Environmental Technology and Safety, Medical Billing, Pharmacy Technician, Precision Manufacturing and Machine Trade Technology, Railroad Engineering and Electronics Technology and Solar Pv Technical Sales.  

“This is an excellent opportunity for people who have a high school diploma or GED and are seeking work,” said Jane Masse, a GCC educational assistant. “It is a chance to get educational training and certification in areas where there are job opportunities.”  

People living at 185 percent of the poverty level – making a net income of $908 a month for a single person or a net income of $1,545 for a family of three – are eligible to apply for the training.

The Congressional Budget Office has stated that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007 and those numbers are likely to grow through 2014. Often people who qualify do not accept SNAP assistance but they are encouraged to do so in order to take part in the training program, Masse said.  

Prospective students must provide documents including proof of identity, social security, proof of earnings for the last four months for everyone in the household and a number of other documents. To apply, visit your local DSS office or call GCC’s Center for Students and Families at 203-285-2609.