About Us – Skill Up Tennessee: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training
  • What is Skill Up Tennessee?

    Skill Up Tennessee is UT Extension’s SNAP Employment and Training program. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) is a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and states to provide training and employment services to eligible SNAP participants. The purpose of the program is to assist eligible SNAP participants in gaining skills, training, work or experience that will increase their ability to obtain regular employment. The ultimate goal is self-sufficiency. In Tennessee, the program is administered by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development through a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Human Services. UT Extension provides Skill Up Tennessee as a SNAP E&T partner.

  • How does it work?

    UT Extension agents and Career Navigators work within local communities to reach SNAP participants who are interested in training for long-term employment. With support from Skill Up Tennessee, these individuals are becoming prepared and equipped to attain their employment goals.

  • Who is eligible?

    There are three criteria for taking part in the program. Participants are eligible for training if they receive SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps), are not receiving TANF (Families First) cash assistance, and are willing and able to work upon finishing the program.

  • How do I get started?

    Interested in participating? Please read through our participant section of this website for more information on how to get started. You can take the next step to self-sufficiency today! Follow this link to see if you are eligible and pre-register.


    Interested in working together? Please read through the partner section of this website for more information on how to invest in the lives of people in your community. The stronger the individuals in a community, the stronger the community. Partner with us today!