To be referred to JFS for the SNAP E&T program, Wiley said students who apply for emergency funding must meet required criteria to get funding from the college, request allowable expenses and be in a degree and certificate program that aligns with an in-demand occupation.
“Once it has been determined that those three components have been met, student information is shared with the agency in the student’s county of residence,” she said.
Wiley said when a student qualifies for SNAP E&T through JFS, the college is reimbursed for up to 50% of emergency funds that are allocated to students.
“Reimbursements are reinvested directly back into our emergency fund program to provide funding opportunities for more students,” she said.
Clark State was also awarded SNAP E&T funds for a Laptop Loner Program this past summer to help provide technical access for students to support distance learning and their access to college.
“Clark State used the funds to purchase new laptops specifically for SNAP E&T participants," Wiley said. “Our goals for the program are to increase college access and completion, strengthen career pathway advancement and connect students to in-demand occupations.”