Updated Farm Bill Includes SNAP Benefits Without Draconian "Work Requirements" for Recipients
On the eve of the Federal Government shutdown last month, Congress was able to pass, and President Trump signed, the re-authorization of the so-called "Farm Bill" - the appropriation for a range of Agriculture Department programs through 2023.
The bill had been stalled for months on account of division between the Senate, which favored a fairly straightforward extension of the existing programs including the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the then-Republican-controlled House of Representatives which favored severe cuts to SNAP under the guise of impractical work requirements that would force more than one-fifth of SNAP recipients out of the program and into food emergencies.
We at NYCETC opposed these requirements, as well as the rhetorical leveraging of public support for increased employment and employment services to justify social welfare cuts that would not ultimately improve the employment outlook for the affected jobseekers. Our Director of Policy, Jesse Laymon, co-authored an OpEd on the subject with the Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, Ron Deutsch, last summer.
Ultimately, the House leadership backed down from these demands, and the final legislation not only avoids the strict new work requirements, but it includes some modest increases to SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) program funding.
To find out more about what the new Farm Bill means for SNAP Employment & Training recipients, read NSC's in-depth analysis of the bill.
UpSkill America Releases New Guide for Employers on Building a Culture of Learning
Successful upskilling programs require more than just tailored training and carefully selected partners. Companies with the best learning outcomes create a culture of learning that encourages and supports continuous learning for their employees.
To help you create a culture of learning, UpSkill America, in partnership with the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), created a new tool with the six actions needed to put your company on the right path. The new tool “Strategic Guide to Building a Culture of Learning” also outlines the benefits of such a culture and describes what it looks like, to help your business understand its value.
See below for upcoming professional development opportunities from WPTI.
National Skills Coalition 2019 Skills Summit
February 5 - 7, 2019
More info and RSVP here.
BronxWorks Jobs Plus Program
Orientation every Tuesday and Thursday. More info here.
Central Queen Y - multiple upcoming coding classes
Web Development - 4 weeks - starts Jan. 17 (Register here.)
Bootstrap - 2 weeks - starts Feb. 4
Wood Press - 2 weeks - starts Feb. 25
More info here or contact Brynn McCormick: (718) 268-5011 x187 / email@example.com
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations - Brooklyn Woods – Skilled woodworking training
Deadline Jan 2 – Attend an info session
Queensborough Community College: CUNY TechWorks - Applied Software Development Program
Next cohort begins Jan. 2. Info sessions take place every Thursday.
More info here and sign up for an info session here.
CPC Education and Career Services Brooklyn Information Session Every Friday at 10 am
More info here.
LaGuardia Community College: CUNY Fatherhood Academy
Currently recruiting for the 16 week HSE prep program, which prepares fathers for the TASC exam and provides a range of academic and personal supports including tutoring, individualized counseling, financial literacy workshops and parenting workshops. Next cohort starts in January. Learn more here.
LaGuardia Community College: TechHIRE Open Code Web Development program
Info sessions will begin on November 2018 and classes will start on February 2019. Learn more here.
Professional Development + Trainings
WPTI: Using a Trauma Lens in Workforce Development Wednesday, January 16 / 9:30 am - 4:30 pm More info here.