Grant Programs Available for Eligible Oregon Residents

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If you (or someone you know) are an Oregon resident and are receiving Food Stamps (SNAP) you may be eligible for additional education and training support services while attending classes at Treasure Valley Community College.  Success coaching and student support, such as tuition, books, and transportation, is available to assist students as they build their skills, complete their GED, increase English communication fluency, earn college Career and Technical Education certificates (Career Pathways) and degrees, and access internships and jobs.  The goal of the project is to increase equitable opportunity and economic mobility for SNAP students.

The STEP UP grant serves Oregon SNAP recipients with assistance in obtaining a livable wage through the use of added financial, social, and educational services during vocational training, job search, and job retention. This grant differs from STEP as it offers added services in the form of an Instruction Aide, tutoring, financial awareness and stress management courses, and is formatted to form cohorts. There are two cohort groups – one for the Medical Office Assistant Career Pathway and one for the Control Systems Operator Career Pathway.

The STEP grant serves Oregon SNAP recipients with assistance in obtaining a livable wage through the use of added financial, social, and educational services during vocational training, job search, and job retention. STEP coaches and advisors can offer additional support services to provide a safety net and remove barriers to successful completion of a Career Pathway certificate and job attainment.  TVCC works closely with community resource providers to find solutions to assist our students with issues beyond what the grant and TVCC can offer.

Any referrals for the STEP UP and STEP grant go to Alexa Shoemaker.  If you would like to refer an individual, please feel free to give Alexa’s contact information out or email/call her directly (if given permission by the student).  There are two simple assessments completed with a (potential) student before connecting them with the various resources that could best serve them – whether that be on campus or not

Career Pathways is also partnering with our local Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide educational opportunities for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients.  If you know someone you think may be eligible for any of these programs, we can help with the application process and/or verify eligibility. If they qualify and wish to participate in the STEP program, Sharlene McCaslin is the STEP Coordinator and would take over after referral process.

STEP and STEP UP:
Point of contact: Alexa Shoemaker, STEP UP Navigator
amshoemaker@tvcc.cc
(541) 881-5971

Career Pathways and STEP:
Point of Contact: Sharlene McCaslin, Career Pathways Specialist
pathways@tvcc.cc
(541) 881-5589

The Career Pathways, STARS, STEP, and STEP UP programs are located in the Oregon Trail Building room #107, or you may call or email Alexa Shoemaker or Sharlene McCaslin.