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Foodshare Employment and Training (FSET)

The objective of FSET is to utilize the strengths, needs and preferences of the job seeker to provide services that will result in successful competitive employment, while promoting economic self-sufficiency. Wisconsin has been recognized nationally for offering a voluntary FSET Program with superior services and outstanding results. With the passage of the new FoodShare requirements, Able Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD) are required to participate in FSET in order to continue to receive FoodShare (FS) benefits.

The FSET program, as designed in Wisconsin, consists of several employment and training services intended to facilitate an efficient use of resources to assist FSET volunteers and ABAWDs move promptly into unsubsidized employment. Service provisions must be in compliance with state and federal policy and regulations and in accordance with the federally approved FSET State Plan. Wisconsin offers the following employment and training services program components:

  • Job Search: Services are specifically designed to assist volunteers and ABAWDs prepare for employment by addressing barriers to vocational success. This service assists participants develop, practice, and apply job seeking skills with the goal of securing employment. Each volunteer should be equipped with the tools and skills needed for an effective job search, prior to contacting employers.

  • Work Experience: Services are available to promote exposure to various types of employment for individuals who lack practical on the job experience or training in a particular area of interest. This service may offer participants the opportunity to be exposed to different kinds of employment to help clarify job interests and career goals. Establishing a work reference is also a practical aspect of work experience.

  • Workfare: Services offered involved developed worksites with private and public non-profit organizations where FSET participants can volunteer their time.

  • Education: Services in this category range from obtaining a GED, ESL, Adult Basic Education, and vocational literacy to short term technical training. Enrollment in a technical or trades program is allowable if there is a direct link to employment that is in demand.

  • Self Employment: Technical assistance is provided to develop realistic business plans and create sound financial and marketing plans. Technical assistance may include help to obtain financial support through grants, financial institutions or other service providers.

  • Job Retention: Services may be provided for up to 90 days for employment that is obtained as a result of FSET participation. This service is designed to address barriers that may deter the participant from maintaining successful employment.

  • Supportive Services: Individuals actively engaged in a program component will qualify for supportive services including but not limited to transportation, childcare expenses, tuition, textbooks, uniforms, work clothing, tools, equipment, etc.

For questions or more information on this program, please contact:

Rebecca Granath
1900 Center Ave.
Janesville, Wisconsin 53546
Phone: 608-314-3300 Ext. 327
Fax: 608-741-3528
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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  • Mail:

    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

  • Fax: (202) 690-7442

  • Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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