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 24 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 24 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.