Retrain for a new job or career!

Worker retraining opportunities are provided for laid off, unemployed, and dislocated workers in the State of Washington. The program provides job training to eligible members of Washington's workforce.

The emphasis is on retraining and rapid re–employment; therefore, students must be enrolled in short–term programs not in programs designed for transfer to a four–year college or university. The Worker Retraining program was reauthorized in 1999 to be funded from the Washington State General Fund and is administered by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.

Worker Retraining Provides:

  • Tuition assistance
  • Required textbooks and supplies for classes
  • Educational planning and advising
  • Assistance with CAT / TB application and TAA paperwork

Do I qualify?

You may be eligible if you:

  • Receive or are eligible to receive Washington State unemployment benefits
  • Have exhausted unemployment benefits within the last 24 months are eligible to receive Washington State unemployment benefits
  • Were self–employed (have had to close your business due to economic downturn) are eligible to receive Washington State unemployment benefits
  • Are a "displaced homemaker" through divorce, death, or job loss are eligible to receive Washington State unemployment benefits
  • Are a veteran or the US Armed Services, honorably discharged within the last 24 months are eligible to receive Washington State unemployment benefits
  • You must be enrolled in an approved college–credit professional–technical program. Transfer Degree programs are not eligible.

How to Get Started

Apply for Worker Retraining assistance by attending an education planning workshop. During the workshop you will receive detailed information about our programs and we will outline your next steps.

To sign up for a workshop go to startnextquarter.org. If you encounter any problems signing up, please call the front desk 206.934.3854 for assistance.

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