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We offer hundreds of students free and reduced tuition, books and fees every quarter. Find out more about these programs and if you are eligible.
 

 

BFET

The Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program offers educational and workforce training opportunities to students receiving Basic Food Assistance (food stamps).

You may be eligible for the BFET program if:

  • You are currently receiving or are eligible to receive food stamps.
  • You are not currently receiving TANF.
  • You are in or plan on pursuing a career/technical program (no transfer degrees). 

Program benefits may include:

  • Establishing and/or maintaining eligibility for food stamps while attending school.
  • Eligibility for DSHS's Child Care Subsidy Program. Under many circumstances, funds for child care services also are available to participants.
  • Assistance with tuition and/or text books and required course materials (on a funds available basis).
  • Referral to on-campus and off-campus resources.

Find out if you are eligible through Washington Connection

WorkForce Transitions
Location: Bldg. 6, Lair Student Center
1810 N Greene St. Spokane, WA 99217 MS: 2063
509-533-7249

 

Opportunity Grant

The Opportunity Grant is a state program helping low-income students in Washington access to education and training to enter high-wage, high-demand jobs. 

Students who qualify may be eligible for:

  • Assistance with tuition, books and fees for up to 45 credits (or three years), based on availability of funding.
  • One-time emergency expenses, such as childcare and transportation, based on need and availability of funds.

To be eligible, you must:

Learn more at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

WorkForce Transitions
Location: Bldg. 6, Lair Student Center
1810 N Greene St. Spokane, WA 99217 MS: 2063
509-533-7249
 

Passport to College

The Passport to College program fosters youth who are 27 and younger and who are over the age allowed for foster care (been emancipated). 

You may be eligible to receive:

  • A scholarship for tuition and other living expenses for up to five years of education.
  • Priority consideration for others grants and work study programs.
  • Other personal support services.

Find out more at www.WashingtonPassportNetwork.org

Center for Inclusion and Diversity
Building 6—The Lair, Room 115
Spokane Community College
509.533.7033

Guillermo Espinosa, Director of Student Success, Diversity, and Equity
Phone: 509.533.7033

 

Worker Retraining

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. 

WorkForce Transitions
Location: Bldg. 6, Lair Student Center
1810 N Greene St. Spokane, WA 99217 MS: 2063
509-533-7249

 

WorkFirst

If you are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), you can qualify for WorkFirst funding. 

WorkFirst helps you pay for tuition and books and, as a WorkFirst participant, you also may qualify for child care and other WorkFirst benefits through DSHS.

You may qualify if:

  • You are a parent who receives TANF.
  • You participate in the WorkFirst program.

If you are unsure whether or not you are elgible for TANF, visit Washington Connection. If you are already receiving TANF, contact your caseworker to find out more about WorkFirst. 

WorkForce Transitions
Location: Bldg. 6, Lair Student Center
1810 N Greene St. Spokane, WA 99217 MS: 2063
509-533-7249

 

Emergency Grants

SEAG

The Student Emergency Assistance Grant (SEAG) assists with unforeseen emergencies or situations that affect a student’s ability to continue attending classes.

You may be eligible for SEAG if:

  • You are currently enrolled at SCC.

  • You have an emergent situation that has arisen and would prevent you from continuing classes.

  • ​You fill out a written application by following the link below or completing a paper copy in the WorkForce Transitions office.

Emergent needs may include:

  • Books

  • Childcare

  • Food

  • Healthcare

  • Fees and Fines

  • Housing

  • Utilities

  • Technology

  • Transportation

Applications Will Open on October 3rd.

Contact WorkForce Transitions: 509-533-7249
Location: Bldg. 6, Lair Student Center
1810 N Greene St. Spokane, WA 99217 MS: 2063

SSEH

Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness (SSEH) may reduce barriers to help in obtaining access to resources on campus or within our community while experiencing homelessness.  

You may be eligible if:

  • You are currently enrolled at SCC.

  • You have an emergent situation that has arisen and would prevent you from continuing classes.

  • You fill out a written application by following the link below or completing a paper copy in the WorkForce Transitions office located in building 6.

Emergent needs may include:

  • Books

  • Childcare

  • Food

  • Healthcare

  • Fees and Fines

  • Housing

  • Utilities

  • Technology

  • Transportation

Applications Will Open on October 3rd.

Contact WorkForce Transitions: 509-533-7249
Location: Bldg. 6, Lair Student Center
1810 N Greene St. Spokane, WA 99217 MS: 2063

Contact Our Team

  • Wendy Jones
    Wendy Jones
    Mgr Workforce Transitions
    Wendy.Jones@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-8655
  • Susan Morgado
    Susan Morgado
    Program Coordinator
    Susan.Morgado@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-8056
  • Anne Mayer
    Anne Mayer
    Program Coordinator
    Anne.Mayer@scc.spokane.edu
    509-227-2276
  • Allie Groves
    Allie Groves
    Wkforce Trans Grant Coord
    Allie.Groves@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-8210
  • Deana Sleep
    Deana Sleep
    Program Coordinator
    Deana.Sleep@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7027
  • Helen Faasala
    Helen Faasala
    Program Assistant
    Helen.Faasala@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7030
  • Joe Witmer
    Joe Witmer
    Workforce/Scholarship Funding
    Joe.Witmer@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-8221
  • Mark Ramos
    Mark Ramos
    Workforce Prog Coord
    Mark.Ramos@scc.spokane.edu
    509-443-5537
  • Molly Thorpe
    Molly Thorpe
    Program Coordinator
    Molly.Thorpe@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-4639
  • Katherine Cornelis
    Katherine Cornelis
    Program Coordinator
    Katherine.Cornelis@scc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6961