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STEP - SNAP Training & Employment Program

Chemeketa STEP provides support to SNAP (not TANF) recipients to help meet education & career goals

If you receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Chemeketa's SNAP Training & Employment Program (STEP) can provide support to you as you meet your goals.

STEP Eligibility

  • Must currently be receiving SNAP benefits
  • Must not be on TANF
  • Must be interested in pursuing training and/or educational opportunities

Schedule an Appointment

Make an appointment with a staff member to learn more about the program, determine your eligibility, and complete the application process.

Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs & Degrees

If you're pursuing a certificate, AAS degree, prerequisite classes or license/certification exam, STEP can help with-

  • Success coaching dedicated to provide academic and personal support, connecting you to resources
  • Assistance with financial aid and CTE program applications
  • Gap funding to assist with required CTE certificate or degree program expenses-
    • Admission prerequisites and/or applications
    • Tuition and fees
    • Items needed for program admission
    • Tools, books and other required items
    • Industry certification exams
    • Limited assistance with transportation

GED, GED-Spanish, ABE & ESOL

STEP can help you as you continue your education and development-

  • Help paying for classes
  • Personalized coaching and advising
  • Funding for GED testing
  • Limited assistance with transportation for school & employment
  • Free pre-testing

Applying for SNAP Benefits

Eligibility is based mostly on monthly income. That includes earned income from work, as well as unearned income such as social security, disability, child support and more. Find more information about SNAP eligibility for students of higher education, adults without children ages 18 to 50, and older adults from Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon. Options for completing an application  for SNAP Benefits Include --