STEP (SNAP Training and Employment Program)
Helping SNAP recipients find high wage and high demand jobs through LBCC
If you are a SNAP recipient, the STEP Program offers an opportunity to get job training through LBCC’s short-term certificate programs, allowing one to enter the workforce with the necessary skills to succeed in a fulfilling, family-wage career. Participants can get help 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 able to work upon completing the program. Please complete the Interest form and we'll contact you shortly (and send you information about how to take your first steps to prepare for STEP).
Please Read: TANF recipients are not eligible for enrollment in STEP, but if you are nearing the end of TANF enrollment, please complete the Interest form so we can explore your post-TANF options.
Weekly Information Sessions for STEP in Linn and Benton Counties
UPDATE: In order to protect the health of our community, LBCC's STEP program will be suspending in-person Information Sessions at DHS offices through March 31. Please click on this virtual information session, and we will also be available to answer specific questions via email at email@example.com.
STEP weekly information sessions are open to the public and designed for all who want to know more about the program, from those interested in exploring education and career options to program staff wanting to learn more.
If you are curious about STEP but not ready to commit just yet, feel free to attend any one of these information sessions:
Locations and Times
Albany: Tuesdays at Noon, Department of Human Services (DHS), Diamond Lake Room, 118 SE 2nd Ave. (Have a seat in the loby and wait until the information session is announced.)
Corvallis: Wednesdays at Noon, Department of Human Services (DHS), LBCC Room, 4170 SW Research Way, Suite 120 (Line up at the North entrance facing Research Way.)
Lebanon: Thursdays at Noon, LBCC Lebanon Center, 44 Industrial Way, Classroom 223 (First classroom on the left at the top of the stairs.)
STEP and Other Learning Opportunity FAQs
Does it cost anything to get help from STEP?
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.
If I am enrolled in STEP, does that mean that I am enrolled at LBCC?
You must still apply for admission to LBCC and register for your classes once you have decided on a training program.
I don't have a ride to get to campus for my appointments or classes. Can I still participate?
STEP participants have access to assistance for transportation for training and education-related purposes.
Is STEP a mandatory program if I receive SNAP benefits?
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 requirements in order to retain your benefits. Contact Nadine Sandbo at Oregon Employment Department at (541) 757-4261 or Nadine.E.SANDBO@oregon.gov for more information.
How do I 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 begin.
See upcoming orientation dates
I want to go back to school; is there a way I can get some help with career options and maybe brush up on some skills?
Open to adult learners 25 years and older with a GED or diploma, Empower offers three free classes to help you identify education and career goals, address obstacles, help you gain computer skills used in LBCC classes, create an education plan that fits for you, and much more, all in a classroom setting with fellow peers.
Are there quizzes I can take to research or explore a career?
Yes! If you are not sure what kind of job you want to pursue you can 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
How can I 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
What resources are there 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.
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.
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
Do you offer 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 Autumn Leach at (541) 917-4840 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you help me 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.
Are there other tools out there to find a job?
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.
Is there anywhere on campus where I can find resources and support?
Yes! Roadrunner Resource Center allows you to complete a quick profile to discover benefits and resources in your area. https://linnbentonccalbany.singlestoptechnologies.com/
You can also meet with an LBCC Resource Navigator to find ways to afford:
For more information, email: email@example.com.
Where else can I search for resources?
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.
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.
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.
Where can I prepare for and take a placement test at LBCC?Click here to be taken to the website to find Placement Testing info, including hours, how to schedule your test, and sample test questions.
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. In a partnership of Linn-Benton Community College through the Oregon Community College Consortia and Oregon Department of Human Services, STEP assists SNAP participants receive job skills training, find work, or gain 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 while attending college. STEP participation includes a needs assessment, training and employment-related activities, and wraparound support services. To learn more about SNAP E&T programs, please visit the United States Department of Agriculture’s SNAP E&T resource page.