STEP Program

 

STEP (SNAP Training and Employment Program)

Helping SNAP recipients find high wage and high demand jobs through LBCC

The STEP Program offers SNAP recipients an opportunity to get job training through LBCC’s short-term certificate programs, so that new employees can enter the workforce with the necessary skills to succeed in a fulfilling, family-wage career. Participants can get help with completing the first steps to accessing training programs, such as GED and English Language Acquisition classes, educational planning and funding assistance, college navigation and more. STEP also offers resume and cover letter writing assistance, interview skills prep and mock interviews for those looking to go to work immediately, and referrals to additional community resources for support throughout the job training and job search process.

Am I eligible?

You must be a SNAP recipient to qualify. TANF recipients are not eligible for enrollment in STEP, but if you are nearing the end of TANF enrollment, please get in touch to explore your post-TANF options.
Make an appointment with a Student Success Specialist to discuss your goals and get started.

 

Find a job now.

Most jobs now require an online application as well as an attached resume and cover letter. STEP offers assistance with creating, proofreading, updating, and feedback on written materials for job applications, as well as knowing what to expect in the interview and how to make a good first impression. We also offer mock interviews that will provide you with feedback ahead of time, so that you can make sure to make a good first impression and have a better chance at getting call back from the employer.

 

Go back to school, but I’ve been out of school for a long time.

Specifically designed for adult learners, Empower is a no-cost program that eases the transition back into the classroom environment and gives students the opportunity to network with others in their peer group as they get ready to attend college. Empower is made up of three courses that focus on career exploration, computer basics and navigating the tools of technology and computer applications used at LBCC, identifying strengths, stress management, and much more. Click here to learn more and schedule an appointment with Malinda.
I want to learn more about Empower

 

Get my GED and/or improve my English skills for employment or entering a training program.

For those without a high school diploma or limited English proficiency, finding a job that pays the bills can be difficult. STEP can assist with the cost of GED and English language classes and testing. Click on the link below to find orientation dates for GED, Spanish GED, and ELA classes. When you have selected which date you would like to start, make an appointment with your Student Success Specialist to get started.
See upcoming orientation dates

 

Find funding for college.

There are many options for funding your education. STEP offers up to $1000 for tuition and fees, and $150 for books and supplies. Your program may cost more, so here are some resources to get started. If you need assistance with filling out any application, please schedule an appointment with your Student Success Specialist.

Start here: Many need-based scholarship applications require that you have already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before you will be able to receive the scholarship funds. This is also the application for Pell grants, federal student loans, and the Oregon Opportunity and Oregon Promise grants.
Start Your FAFSA

WIOA Scholarship: Community Services Consortium offers up to $3000 for short-term training programs in Linn and Benton counties. Click here to find out how to apply for the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act scholarship.
Apply for the CSC WIOA Scholarship

Linn-Benton Community College Scholarships and Grants: Need-based and merit-based scholarships and grants are available from LBCC. Some are program-specific, some are based on the level of need of the student, or both. Browse this page to see which scholarships you might qualify for, and create a profile to apply.
Apply for LBCC Scholarships

Oregon-specific Scholarships and Grants: You may qualify for many scholarships offered within the state of Oregon, based on where you went to high school, where you parents worked, your household composition, your major, your interests, and many other categories. Fill out one application to apply for hundreds of scholarships through this database.
Apply for Oregon Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships for Immigrant Students: World Education Services provides a scholarship-finding tool that searches databases for scholarships based on the student’s home country.
Find World Education Scholarships

FastWeb is a database of scholarships from private and public organizations, employers, individuals, and non-profits from all over the US. There are thousands of scholarships available, some with unique application processes (making a video that shows how to fix something, writing an essay that describes your love of coffee, even answering quiz questions about geography and movies). Create a profile to see what scholarships you might be able to receive.
Show me more scholarships

 

Get help finding resources to make ends meet.

The easiest way to find exactly what kind of help you need in your area is to dial 211 on your phone, or go to 211info.org and use the Search Engine function. There, you can enter your location and other information, and then click on the service you need to be taken to a list of contact information for organizations that provide that assistance. Click the link below to be taken to the 211 Resource Search Engine.
211 Resources

Also on 211’s website is Oregon Helps!, a prescreening device that can tell you what kinds of public programs for paying bills, housing, funding childcare, and other resources you may qualify for based on the information you provide about your income and household.
Oregon Helps!

Community Services Consortium has compiled a Resource Guide, a handbook of phone numbers, addresses, and websites for hundreds of organizations that provide assistance of all kinds in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. Click below to view the complete guide.
CSC Resource Guide

Don’t hesitate to contact your Student Success Specialist for referrals.

Complete or update an iMatchSkills profile and/or study and register for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).
iMatchSkills matches current, local job openings to the profile you create so that you can find job listings that correspond to your skills, experience, and interest. An iMatchSkills account is the first step to enrolling in STEP, as well as registering for workshops for job seekers (including the NCRC) at your local Worksource Oregon office.

If you already have an account, log in with your username and password and make sure that your information is current. If not, click on “Create an Account” and follow the instructions. Once you have created a profile and logged in, you can study for the NCRC by clicking the link that says “Work-Related Skills Review” under the Resources and Services heading.
iMatchSkills

 

Research or explore a career.

Not sure what kind of job you want to pursue? Take a quiz about your personality and interests! O*Net will assess your results and match you to exciting and rewarding careers.
O*Net Career Interest Profiler
Holland Code Quiz

Databases like Quality Info and the Occupational Outlook Handbook use data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Oregon Employment Department to provide the latest information about jobs that might interest you before you apply. Once you select an occupation, you can read about what career professionals do on the job, how to become qualified, and what the growth potential and wage range for that job is in your area.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Quality Info

 

Find resources for immigrant students and job seekers.

Students who are not eligible for federal financial aid may still be eligible to file the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) for college funding. Below is a link to a questionnaire that will tell you which financial aid application you should file and steps you can take to become eligible.
ORSAA Questionnaire

Were you educated outside of the United States? Use these tools from World Education Services to find out how your credentials compare in the US.
Degree and GPA Equivalency Tools

Upwardly Global helps work-authorized immigrants, refugees, asylees, and Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIVs) restart their professional careers in the United States. Register to get access to resources for licensure, job search and more.
Upwardly Global

STEP can assist with the cost of GED and English language classes and testing. Click on the link below to find an orientation date for GED, Spanish GED, and ELA classes.
See upcoming orientation dates

 

Take a CPR class for my Healthcare program application.

Many of the Healthcare Occupations training programs require an American Heart Association-recognized BLS/CPR certification to be considered for admission. Linn-Benton offers this one-day class on the first Saturday of each month, except for January, at the Healthcare Occupations Center in Lebanon. STEP participants can receive financial assistance for this class if it is necessary to enter a program. To register, contact the CPR Coordinator by phone at 541-917-4927, or by email at ottor@linnbenton.edu.
Take a placement test

 

About STEP

STEP (formerly known as SNAP 50-50) was launched at Linn-Benton Community College in October 2016.

The SNAP Training and Employment Program (STEP) is a federally-recognized Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) Program. A partnership of Linn-Benton Community College through the Oregon Community College Consortia and Oregon Department of Human Services, STEP assists SNAP participants in receiving job skills training, finding work, or gaining experience that will increase their ability to secure and maintain employment in a family-wage job. Participation in STEP is voluntary, and is a qualifying service for allowing able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) to maintain access to vital supplemental food assistance without participating in mandated work requirements. STEP participation includes needs assessment, training and employment-related activities, and wraparound support services.

To learn more about SNAP E&T programs, please click here to be taken to the United States Department of Agriculture’s SNAP E&T resource page

 

Contact Us

Reed Davis, Student Success Specialist
Willamette Hall, WH-213
541-917-4637
davisr@linnbenton.edu

Jessi Walker, Student Success Specialist
Willamette Hall, WH-213
541-917-4695
walkerje@linnbenton.edu

Malinda Shell, Program Coordinator
Willamette Hall, WH-210
541-917-4529
shellm@linnbenton.edu

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Am I eligible to enroll in STEP?

A. To be eligible for STEP, you must be receiving SNAP (food stamps) benefits, but not receiving TANF (cash) benefits. You must also be able to work upon completing the program.

Q. Does it cost anything to get help from STEP?
A. It is free to enroll in STEP. There may be costs associated with tuition if you enroll in a certificate program, but your Student Success Specialist will work with you to find additional funding beyond the tuition assistance provided by STEP.

Q. If I am enrolled in STEP, does that mean that I am enrolled at LBCC?
A. You must still apply for admission to LBCC and register for your classes once you have decided on a training program.

Q. I don’t have a ride to get to campus for my appointments or classes. Can I still participate?
A. STEP participants have access to assistance for transportation for training and education-related purposes.

Q. Is STEP a mandatory program if I receive SNAP benefits?
A. STEP is a voluntary program. However, if you live in a county that has a work requirement to receive SNAP. You may need to meet additional requirement in order to retain your benefits. Contact Nedine Sandbo at Oregon Emplymnet Department at 541-757-4261 or Nadine.E.SANDBO@oregon.gov for more information. 

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