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Program overview

The Washington State Basic Food Employment and Training (BFE&T or BFET) program provides career planning, self-directed job search, educational services, and skills training to Basic Food (SNAP) recipients who are not participating in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) WorkFirst work program.

 Did you receive a letter from DSHS stating you are an Able Bodied Adult Without Dependent (ABAWD)? The BFET staff can direct you to our ABAWD Navigator for further information.


You may qualify to receive free vocational training and support services through BFET if:


Qualifying educational programs


Potential program benefits

  • Enroll in BFET to meet DSHS program work requirements for students receiving Basic Food Assistance.
  • Receive a childcare subsidy through Working Connections Childcare.
  • Receive additional support on campus with academic advising, connection to community resources and career planning.
  • Possible tuition assistance and other scholarships (requires additional application).



Contact BFET staff to review your academic plan and BFET program eligibility at 360.383.3185 or