As of January 2016, the Florida Legislature and U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service have mandated that the SNAP Education & Training program return to mandatory participation by each Able-Bodied Adult without Dependents (ABAWD) as determined by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The program is designed to assist individuals who have applied for or receiving Food Assistance benefits in obtaining employment. The purpose of the Education & Training program is to help SNAP households gain skills, training, and work experience that will increase self-sufficiency.
Allowable activities in the program include Job Search, Job Search Training, Work Experience, Self-Initiated Work Experience, and Education and Training.
The information provided below is your guide through the process, which includes orientation, an assessment and scheduling for a one on one appointment with CareerSource Brevard.
Each of these three steps contain time-sensitive deadlines that, if not met, may affect the continuance of your Food Assistance benefit. It is important that you read the requirements carefully.
Step 1: Click here to create an account and begin the required Orientation. Select the “New User Login” option. Once you create your account, you will have access to a page called “myTess”, which stands for “My Tools for Economic Self-Sufficiency”. This page will enable you to manage your required activities and interact with us. Click here for a brief tutorial about this page.
Step 2: Continue in the OSST website to complete an Assessment within 7 days of the letter date.
Step 3: Click on the appropriate button to receive additional information for scheduling your one-on-one appointment with a CareerSource Brevard team member to start your 80 hours in allowable activities.