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How Community College Systems and SNAP Agencies Can Take Career Pathways to Scale

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Oregon’s Community College STEP Consortium is a first-of-its-kind project intended to provide meaningful career pathway opportunities and supports to SNAP recipients at each of the 17 community colleges across the state. This $8 million initiative has more than doubled the number of SNAP students receiving critical success coaching and student supports - including tuition, tools, and books - and has established a solid foundation for expansion in the years ahead. In this session, panelists will discuss the unique systems-level partnership that has sustained this effort, provide insights on how other states can use SNAP E&T scale up their own statewide career pathways strategies, and highlight policy reforms at the federal and state level that could enhance the success of these partnerships.


  • Kate Kinder, Career Pathways and Skills Training Director, Portland Community College
  • Dan Haun, Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs, Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, Senior Fellow, National Skills Coalition
  • Kermit Kaleba, Managing Director, Policy, National Skills Coalition
Page updated: April 07, 2023