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Worker Retraining

The Worker Retraining program at OC

provides access to skills training for unemployed workers who need to upgrade their skills or acquire a new career.

To determine eligibility, meet with one of OC's Worker Retraining Transitions Coordinators.

Want to learn more about a variety of funding options?

SOAR PLU$/ Worker Retraining Orientation covers all the information in SOAR but also provides in depth information about other grant funded programs that you may be eligible for.


Please make an appointment by calling Advising & Counseling Services at 360.475.7530. The Bremerton Advisor cannot always be available for walk-ins. 

Kristopher Nelsen, Transitions Coordinator for Worker Retraining
Advising & Counseling Center
2nd floor, Humanities and Student Services building
Olympic College Bremerton
knelsen@olympic.edu | (360) 475-7231

Rose Ferri, Transitions Coordinator for Worker Retraining
& WorkFirst, Shelton
Olympic College Shelton
937 W Alpine Way, Shelton
rferri@olympic.edu | (360) 432-5423


Worker Retraining applicants must initially meet one of the following criteria to potentially qualify:

  • Determined eligible to collect WA state unemployment insurance;
  • Currently collecting WA state unemployment insurance;
  • Have collected WA state unemployment insurance at any time within the last 48 months;
  • Have received notice of intent to layoff;
  • Displaced homemaker;
    • (loss of supporting income through divorce, death, spouse layoff, etc.)
  • Unsustainably self-employed due to reduction in local economic demand;
  • An individual who has been separated from the U.S. armed services in the last 48 months or active duty with an official separation notice and upcoming discharge date;
  • An individual who lives/lived or works/worked in one of the counties declared in a disaster area at the time of a disaster and whose employment situation was impacted by the disaster;
  • Currently working and in order to remain employed you must obtain new skills.


Qualified students may receive assistance with tuition and fees, books, dependent care, and other costs in addition to educational advising. This assistance can be applied to any one of more than 20 professional technical programs offered at Olympic College, or to customized job skills training. Worker Retraining students may also be allowed to collect unemployment benefits while attending Olympic College as a full-time student.

Worker Retraining students may enroll in one of the many Olympic College Professional-Technical ATA degree or certificate programs.

Individuals may access the application online or make an appointment with OC’s Worker Retraining representative.