Basic Food Employment & Training

The Basic Food  & Training (BFET) is a funding program for low-income students who receive federal food assistance.The program is designed to help low-income students overcome financial barriers while they pursue an education. The program is voluntary, and allows participants to keep their food benefits while they attend college.

BFET can provide financial support for:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Tools
  • Transportation
  • Emergency costs
  • Uniforms

BFET participants are also eligible for child care assistance through DSHS Working Connections.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You are eligible if you currently receive federal food assistance.
  • You are not eligible if you receive a TANF cash grant.

Low-income students who do not receive food assistance may still be eligible. Contact Steve Wood for more information.

For more information about the BFET program, please contact Steve Wood, Administrative Compliance Specialist, 253.680.7286 or

Bates Technical College offers classes in multiple formats. Lectures are remote and labs are on campus with reduced size, using strict safety precautions. We aim to provide a complete educational experience while prioritizing the safety of all students and employees. Learn how we keep students and employees healthy and safe on our COVID-19 resource page.