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Understanding the SNAP Employment & Training National Partnership

CAEL is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) national partnership grant that will help states better support participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). All states maintain federally funded SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) programs that provide assistance to job seekers, including upskilling and reskilling resources.

CAEL’s partnership grant will bolster these programs by creating the Adult Learner Centered & Equity Framework for Community Colleges in a SNAP Network (ALCEF), a national coalition of 80 community colleges exploring, developing best practices for, and connecting to their local SNAP E&T programs. Read the full press release.

Read our article in The Evolllution about Improving Access to Regular Employment and Economic Mobility for SNAP Participants


Adult Learner Centered & Equity Framework for Community Colleges in a SNAP Network (ALCEF)

ALCEF’s fundamental purpose is introducing more adult learners to SNAP E&T benefits within the community college environment. To do so, it will build and foster holistic collaboration among community colleges, workforce development boards, employers, workforce and human service providers, and other components vital to an effective and equitable education- employment ecosystem. This inclusive strategy aligns with student success measures important to CAEL and its members, including retention, academic success, completion, and post-completion outcomes.

Learn more about CAEL’s ALCEF partners: Seattle Jobs Initiative, a national expert on SNAP E&T programs, Grant Associates, which has helped more than 1 million people advance their careers and over 50,000 businesses connect to skilled workers, and the American Public Human Services Association (APSHA), a bipartisan, nonprofit association representing state and local health and human services agencies.

Note: This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

SNAP E&T Regional Convening


We invite you to attend our upcoming  dynamic in-person Regional  Summit focused on partnership development to align systems and key actors in the workforce,  education and employment landscape, all aimed at bridging the gap for adult learners to access meaningful careers and drive  social and economic mobility. This Summit serves as a unique opportunity to bring together thought leaders and diverse stakeholders to learn from each other, forge relationships, and work collaboratively to accelerate the region's talent agenda.  


Learn about utilizing SNAP E&T to advance equity and economic mobility to create education to career pathways that center the needs of adult learners and workers. CAEL, along with our partners, The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, University System of Georgia, Seattle Jobs Initiatives, Grant Associates, American Public Human Services Association, and UPS, will highlight innovative ways for community colleges to support student basic needs through SNAP E&T.  


How can the region ramp up an inclusive workforce ready to tackle the rapidly-developing knowledge economy? That’s one of the key issues bringing together experts at CAEL’s 2nd Annual Regional Summit. Developing talent pathways to meet workforce demands remains the top priority for employers, workforce developers, and educators. 

The Regional Summit sessions will cover a variety of key topics critical to developing a more effective and equitable education-to-workforce system for adult learners and workers. These sessions, presentations, and panels provide ample opportunity for peer learning, and sharing strategies, practices, and resources.

This convening will focus on strengthening workforce-education-career initiatives and will highlight innovative strategies to align the workforce to current adult learner and worker needs. Learn from experts who address key topics affecting our region's workforce and education pipelines. 


For questions or additional information, contact us at membershipservices@cael.org