SNAP Employment & Training Pilot Project

Thomas Nelson Community College is offering free career training to qualified recipients through Virginia’s NEW EleVAte SNAP Employment & Training Pilot project.

Recipients of SNAP (food assistance) may qualify for this free program, which provides training and support for participants interested in starting a new career. 

Train in the following areas:

  • Welding
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Apartment Maintenance
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Information Technology (IT) and Administration

You may be able to receive assistance even if you don’t have a high school diploma or GED.

In addition to job training, there is a host of supportive services that Thomas Nelson provides including:

  • transportation assistance
  • eye exams/eyeglasses
  • job interview clothing
  • tools
  • work uniforms

There are a limited number of training slots available to residents of Hampton and Newport News. This is part of a national research study and volunteers are needed. Selection to participate will be based on a fair lottery-type system.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided funding for this project. The EleVAte SNAP E&T program is administered through the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). The USDA and VDSS are equal opportunity employers and providers.

For more information and to see how you can register to attend one of our free information sessions in Hampton or Newport News, please call (757) 825-4065.