Basic Food Employment Training (BFET)

Basic Food Employment Training and Renton Technical College

Do you need assistance with child care, tuition, fees or books? Yes! The Basic Food Employment and Training program (BFET) provides access to training and career services to food stamp recipients who are not participating in the TANF program. At RTC, students who are eligible for BFET services may receive:

  • Advising prior to the start of each quarter
  • Educational and employment planning
  • Tuition and books, as funds allow, if not eligible for federal financial aid
  • GED/ESL or Adult Basic Education classes
  • Support for child care through DSHS Working Connections
  • Referrals to community agencies participating in BFET

Do You Qualify?

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must currently be receiving federal food benefits from DSHS (food stamps)
  2. Must be registered at RTC (or planning to attend RTC)
  3. Must not be receiving TANF from DSHS

Get Started

Are you a new or returning student at RTC?

  • Meet with an entry adviser to learn about a program and get started. Entry advisers are available on walk-in or schedule an appointment by calling (425) 235-5840.
    • Complete admissions application
    • Complete FAFSA
    • Complete placement testing
  • Sign up for BFET Information Workshop (425) 235-5840* or visit Start Next Quarter.
  • Complete Workforce Financial Aid Application and turn in to BFET Counselor
  • Start classes

Are you a current student at RTC?

  • Sign up for BFET Information Workshop (425) 235-5840* or visit Start Next Quarter.
  • Complete Workforce Financial Aid Application and turn in to BFE&T Counselor

*Information Sessions available every Monday call (425) 235-5840 to schedule or visit Start Next Quarter.


Priority Deadlines for BFE&T Applications and Funding

Due to limited availability of funds, submitting an application does not guarantee that you will receive an award.

Once the BFET has reached capacity, a waitlist will be generated. In order to determine eligibility for the BFET and be added to the waitlist, please complete the BFE&T application and provide proof of residency and income. The Basic Food Employment and Training grant has limited funds; being added to the waitlist does not guarantee that you will receive a BFET award.


Questions?

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our counselors.

Faye Melton
Worker Retraining and BFE&T Counselor
fmelton@rtc.edu

Bilal Abdallah
Worker Retraining and BFE&T Counselor
babdallah@rtc.edu


More Information

  • For more information on Basic Food Assistance, and to apply online, click here.
  • For more information on Working Connections Child Care, and to apply on-line, click here.
  • To apply for these services in person, this link allows you to search for a DSHS Community Service Office near you.