Worker Retraining Program Overview

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.

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Worker Retraining Provides:

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

Worker Retraining Eligibility Criteria:

  • Collecting Unemployment Insurance
  • Exhausted UI within the last two years
  • Received a layoff or WARN notice
  • Displaced homemakers (divorced, widowed, separated)
  • Formerly self–employed (business closed due to economy)
  • Active Military with separation notice or separated from the Military within the last two years

Dreamers (undocumented students) that meet the criteria may be eligible for Worker Retraining Funding. Learn more at .

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 . If you encounter any problems signing up, please call the front desk 206.934.3854 for assistance.

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