CalFresh Employment & Training

The CalFresh Employment & Training program (CFET) is a free and voluntary program that helps people on CalFresh Food gain skills, tools, basic education, training and work experience. This program will help you gain marketable job skills to give you access to better jobs and higher wages.

Are You Eligible?

You may receive CFET services if are receiving Federal CalFresh Food benefits in Santa Clara County, and are not on CalWORKs or sanctioned for CalWORKs. For more CalFresh Food information or to apply visit CalFresh Food.


Things CFET May Help You Do

  • Get a Job
  • Start a Career
  • Keep Your Job
  • Pay for Some Costs
  • Improve Job Search Skills
  • Write an Effective Resume
  • Receive Paid Work Experience
  • Improve Your Interviewing Skills
  • Enroll in a Union Construction Trade Apprenticeship Program
  • Learn New Job Skills in Professional, Technical or Vocational Programs
  • Help You Meet Your ABAWD Work Requirements* to Keep Your CalFresh Food Benefits!

*Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) Work Requirements

Federal regulations require some people receiving CalFresh Food to work or participate in approved activities to keep benefits. For more information ask your County Eligibility Worker or County Employment Counselor.

CFET May Help You with Costs

Support Services are designed to help you overcome barriers that prevent you from engaging in an employment and training program. To qualify to be repaid for these costs, the costs must be reasonable and necessary.


These services can include, but are not limited to:

  • Transportation
  • Safety Clothing
  • School Supplies
  • Interview Clothes
  • Tools or Equipment
  • Dependent Care Costs
  • Books or Training Manuals

Contact One of Our CFET Third-Party Partners


Center for Employment Training 
701 Vine Street
San Jose, CA 95110

Email: [email protected]

CET’s programs are designed to serve hard-to-serve populations. Our contextual training model offers career services and training that will result in job skills necessary to stabilize or advance within local industries that offer higher wages and year-round work. CET’s comprehensive competency based programs provide job training and an array of services including: career counseling, occupational training, basic skills remediation, life skills, literacy training, job readiness, digital literacy, customer service, job placement, job retention, and follow-up. At CET, you can enroll at any time and complete your program in less than a year.

CET provides the following CFET components: Supervised Job Search, Education, and Job Retention.


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General Assistance Vocational Services
1919 Senter Rd
San Jose, CA 95112


The CFET program is offered to the General Assistance/General Relief (GA/GR) recipients through the Santa Clara County General Assistance (GA) Vocational Services (VS) unit. VS Employment Counselors provide Supervised Job Search and Workfare components as well as case management to GA participants to address possible barriers to employment. Supportive services such as transportation issuances and some ancillary payments are offered to eligible VS participants to help reduce or eliminate barriers to employment.


Goodwill of Silicon Valley
1080 N. 7th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Offers employment services that include vocational training, job readiness workshops and paid work experience options. At GWSV you will have a team of professional/compassionate people working with you to improve your employment opportunities.

GWSV provides the following CFET components: Supervised Job Search, Job Retention, Education, and Subsidized Employment.


JobTrain, Inc.
1200 O’Brien Drive,
Menlo Park, CA 94025

JobTrain is a 501©3 nonprofit educational and training institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Each of five Career Training Programs: Carpentry, Culinary Arts, IT Service & Support, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Medical Assistant, combines vocational training, academics, and essential skills development, preparing students to turn their lives around, and create their own unique pathway to success, self-sufficiency, and economic mobility. Our strong partnerships with local employers ensure that students receive the training they need for employment, so that local businesses can find motivated workers who are well trained and ready to go to work.

JobTrain provides the following CFET components: Supervised Job Search, Job Retention, and Education.


Sacred Heart Community Services
1381 S. 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95110

Economic Empowerment works alongside members to build pathways to self-sufficiency through employment and financial coaching services, mutual support, community advocacy and power building. Our work promotes community power.

SHCS provides the following CFET components: Supervised Job Search and Job Retention.


The San Jose Conservation Corps + Charter School (SJCC+CS) gives youth a second chance at completing their high school diploma and gaining the education and job training they need to obtain a living wage job or continue their education beyond high school. Through its holistic approach, SJCC+CS stretches the educational safety net in which its students can land and prepares students to launch themselves further into higher education, vocational education, or directly into the skilled workforce. The program contributes to local economic vitality by helping high school drop-outs transform themselves into income-producing, tax-paying, self-sufficient, contributing community members.

SJCC+CS provides the following CFET components: Supervised Job Search and Subsidized Employment.


Working Partnerships USA
2102 Almaden Road, Suite 112
San Jose, CA 95125

Are you interested in a rewarding, hands-on career in the building & construction trades? The Trades Orientation Program is a free course that prepares you to enter a state certified apprenticeship leading to a high demand, high-paying trades career.

WPUSA provides the following CFET components: Supervised Job Search, Pre-Apprenticeship, and Job Retention.



This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights; Room, 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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