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Opportunities for Federal Employment and Training Funds

A workshop for Connecticut cities and regions at the Legislative Office Building, Hartford, September 8, 2009

Ed Schmidt speaking

SNAP E&T consultant Ed Schmidt explains the program. More photos below

CT-N coverage | Event documents | Photo gallery

Overview

Thanks to legislation approved in 2008 by the General Assembly, Connecticut may use new federal funds to work in helping food stamp recipients get the training and other tools they need to find employment and become financially secure and self-sufficient. It's the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Employment and Training Reimbursement Program (SNAP E&T).

Under SNAP E&T, job-training providers may be eligible to receive a 50-cent federal match for every dollar they spend on services that help food stamp recipients find regular employment. A wide range of services qualify. Examples include helping food-stamp recipients secure high-school-equivalency diplomas, providing English-as-a-second-language classes and providing child care and transportation for parents in school.

On September 8, 2009, the Connecticut Commission on Children and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities hosted a briefing on how cities and regions can participate in SNAP E&T. Among the speakers were representatives of several "collaboratives" that already have applied for funding or plan to do so, including East Hartford, New Britain, Waterbury, Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Ansonia/Derby/Oxford/Seymour/Shelton/ Beacon Falls/Milford, and Bristol/Farmington/Plainville/Plymouth.

CT-N coverage

Click on the play button at the lower left corner of the video player below. If no player appears, click here to view from the CT-N website. Length: 1 hours, 52 minutes.

Event documents

Note: Some documents on this site use a former name for SNAP E&T, Food Stamp Employment and Training, or FSET.

Photo gallery

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

Commission on Children Chairman M. Alex Geertsma, M.D., gives opening remarks, as Commission Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman and Senator Jonathan Harris of West Hartford listen.

Commission Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman discusses the growing interest in SNAP E&T.

Senator Jonathan Harris of West Hartford explains how towns can benefit from SNAP E&T. Listening are consultant Ed Schmidt and Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman

Municipalities and institutions from across Connecticut participated in the panel discussion.

Lawmakers who participated included, from left, Theresa Conroy of Ansonia, Barbara Lambert of Milford, Susan Johnson of Windham, and Douglas McCrory of Hartford.

Don McCasland of the Waterbury school system's continuing adult education program, and Anita Gliniecki, president of Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

Dr. Calvin Woodland, president of Capital Community College in Hartford.

Richard Sussman, director of the Brighter Futures Initiative of the Greater Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, makes a point. Listening, with her back to the camera, is Senator Edith Prague of Columbia.

At the lectern: SNAP E&T consultant Ed Schmidt. Flanking him are (on the left) Sandra Ward, director of Hartford Community Schools, a public-private partnership formed to help close the Hartford-suburban education gap, Elaine Zimmerman.

Todd Andrews, vice president for college relations and advancement at Goodwin College in East Hartford, answers a question. Looking on, from left, are: Bill Rybczyk of Waterbury-based New Opportunities Inc., Don McCasland, Anita Gliniecki, and Sandra Ward.

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