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STEP - SNAP Training & Employment Program

Chemeketa STEP provides support to SNAP (not TANF) recipients to help meet education & career goals

STEP Eligibility

  • Must currently be receiving SNAP benefits
  • Must not be on TANF
  • Must be interested in pursuing training and/or educational opportunities
  • Make an appointment 

Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs & Degrees

If you're pursuing a certificate, AAS degree, prerequisite classes or license/certification exam, STEP can help with-

  • Success coaching dedicated to provide academic and personal support, connecting you to resources
  • Gap funding to assist with required CTE certificate or degree program expenses-
    • Tuition and fees
    • Textbooks
    • Tools
    • Certification exams
    • Transportation

GED, GED-Spanish, ABE & ESOL

STEP can help you as you continue your education and development-

  • Personalized coaching and advising
  • Help paying for classes, books, testing & transportation

Applying for SNAP Benefits

Find more information about SNAP eligibility

Complete an online application for SNAP benefits.

  • If you need assistance completing your online application, call 1-855-626-2050, Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm.
  • Find your local DHS SNAP office

Related Links

  • All In: Student Pathways Forward podcast. Featuring Oregon community college students shaping education/workforce policy
  • Chemeketa/Community Resources (housing, utilities, childcare, etc.)

Resources for Community Partners

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online (USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form [pdf]), from any USDA office, by calling (833) 620-1071, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to:

  1. Mail:
    Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
    1320 Braddock Place, Room 334
    Alexandria, VA 22314; or

  2. Fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

  3. Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.