Breakfast and sign-in begins at 8:45am. Program begins at 9:30am and concludes at 4:30pm.
The purpose of this statewide conference is to inform providers about the opportunity to partner with DSS to provide Employment and Training (E&T) programs to SC SNAP recipients. Fifty percent federal reimbursement is available for programs that meet federal criteria. Come to this conference to learn how your agency can get involved. We recommend sending more than one representative from your agency to maximize your ability to use the information you learn. Typically, it would be best to have someone involved with programming and someone involved in financing.
Message from Lillian Koller, State Director of DSS:
The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) is excited to offer this free, one-day conference, “Partners for Job Success,” to help community organizations and technical colleges get access to SNAP federal funding for employment and training programs. DSS recognizes that there are many great programs around our State offering excellent services aimed at helping people get jobs and we hope to partner with you to rapidly expand South Carolina’s skilled workforce. I invite you to come and learn about this wonderful federal funding opportunity through new partnerships with DSS.
What is SNAP? SNAP is the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called Food Stamps.
What is E&T?E&T refers to Employment and Training activities, which are activities aimed at helping individuals become employed. Allowable E&T activities include things such as job search and job skills training programs.
Why is this important to SC?South Carolina has a high unemployment rate as well as a large number of people receiving SNAP benefits. Many SNAP recipients are able to work, but are not trained for the types of jobs currently available in SC. We need to prepare these individuals to return to work. Federal funding exists to support the work already being done in our state to prepare people for jobs; providers simply need to learn how to access and make use of it.
Online registration is now closed.If you have questions, email Amanda Werts or call 803-323-4974.Continuing education provided for social workers through the Department of Social Work.Information for overnight lodging available here.
At the conference, you will hear from state and federal representatives about the reimbursement program. After lunch, you will have the chance to have your questions addressed by the discussion panel of field experts, as well as spend time with partners from your region of the state discussing ways to take advantage of the reimbursement opportunity.