Nebraska DHHS Division of Children & Family Services Encourages Eligible Nebraskans to Sign Up for SNAP Next Step


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Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Children and Family Services (CFS) is committed to making sure Nebraskans receive the workforce training they need to secure meaningful employment. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Next Step Employment and Training (E&T) is a program designed to assist motivated individuals in improving their skills and helping them achieve the ultimate goal of self-sufficient employment based on each individual’s needs.

SNAP Next Step E&T is available to SNAP recipients not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) who want to seek better employment to improve their livelihood. SNAP Next Step E&T is a program offered through a partnership with the Nebraska Department of Labor (DOL). DHHS and DOL staff work one-on-one with participants to provide services such as: job search assistance; preparing for an interview; updating a resume; on-the-job training; and tuition assistance for short-term programs, along with other benefits.

“Since the SNAP Next Step E&T Program began in 2016, it has helped 196 Nebraskans reach their employment goals.” Says CFS Director Stephanie Beasley. “Nebraskans that participate in SNAP Next Step E&T increase their annual income by $15,369 on average, a substantial amount for working families. I encourage any Nebraskan that currently receives SNAP benefits to consider signing up for the SNAP Next Step E&T program.”

The SNAP Next Step E&T Program partners with organizations such as Metropolitan Community College and the Urban League of Nebraska to provide services and specialized training. SNAP Next Step E&T is available in many counties and Nebraskans that are interested in enrolling should visit DHHS’s website at https://dhhs.ne.gov/pages/SNAP-Next-Step.aspx to learn more information about the program and how to sign up.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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