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May 8th, 2013

Rabbitt announces a job training program for food stamp recipients

Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,I,C-Greenwood Lake).

Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,I,C-Greenwood Lake) is partnering with Orange Ulster BOCES to announce a new job training program, SNAP Grant, to assist Food Stamp recipients.

"The economic recession and ever-rising cost of living has had a severe impact on our communities, especially those already struggling to make ends meet. This program gives people the educational and job-training opportunities to permanently lift themselves up, get a good job and provide for themselves and their families," said Assemblywoman Rabbitt. "It is a very smart program, and I encourage anyone currently receiving food stamps to consider applying."

The SNAP Grant program aims to help persons receiving Food Stamps obtain their High School Equivalency Credential (GED) by joining a BOCES High School Equivalency Class. Following the participants’ GED achievement, they will be placed in a job training program to learn job-specific skills in construction or medical fields. Jobs include electrician, welder, nursing assistant, medical assistant, phlebotomist, and various clerical positions, among others.

Through the SNAP Grant program, participants will also receive career counseling, help designing a career path, and help with job placement. The program also provides tuition assistance.

To learn more about the program, or to apply, please contact Lindy Krafft, an Orange Ulster BOCES counselor, by calling (845) 781-6715 extension 10822.

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