Since the enactment of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2014, there has been an ongoing effort to establish a stronger partnership between the USDA SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) Program and the U.S. Department of Labor’s WIOA programs. WIOA is the driving legislation of the public workforce system in the U.S. and requires states to develop comprehensive plans for their workforce systems, which serves as a catalyst to strategically align various workforce development programs with increased emphasis on serving vulnerable populations. SNAP E&T is one of the programs that many states now include in their plans to better integrate or align it within their workforce system initiatives. This presentation will highlight the enhanced partnership between SNAP E&T and the public workforce system to increase access to employment opportunities for this often marginalized and underserved population.
- Robert L. Kight, Ed. D., Director, Division of Adult Services and Governance, Office of Workforce Investment, Employment and Training Administration, US Department of Labor
- Grace Lee, Executive Director, Maryland New Directions
- Janay Harris, Program Director of Education and Training, Vehicles for Change