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Worker Retraining is a state program designed to help unemployed workers retrain for a job in a new field. It is in partnership with the Washington State Employment Security Department. 

You might be eligible if:

  • You have been laid off or received a layoff notice from a Washington state employer.
  • You are currently receiving unemployment benefits.
  • You have exhausted unemployment benefits within the past 48 months.
  • You are a displaced homemaker (someone formerly supported by a spouse or significant other and longer receives that support).
  • You were formerly self-employed.
  • You are a veteran separated within 48 months from armed forces with an honorable discharge.

What services does Worker Retraining provide?

  • Short-term "Jump Start" funding (tuition and fees only).
  • Assistance with the Employment Security CAT/TB application to attend school while collecting unemployment.
  • Assistance in locating additional funding.
  • Liaison to other agencies, programs, and funding.

What programs does it fund?

State funded, credit and noncredit programs or classes that lead towards improving employment opportunities.

  • Enroll in an individually designed program to update your skills. Training offerings include:
  • Short-term certificates lasting one to four quarters.
  • Industry certification programs, completed in four to seven months.
  • Two-year degree programs.

Because the emphasis in the Worker Retraining Program is retraining and rapid reemployment, programs designed for transfer to a four-year college or university are not approved. We can help you select a program that's right for you.

To find out if you qualify, to apply or to ask more questions, contact the WorkForce office at 509-533-3042.