About Worker Retraining

About Worker Retraining

The Worker Retraining Program offers financial support to students who are retraining for a new job or career in a professional technical program. If you're looking for new or upgraded skills or a whole new career, we're looking for you.

Eligible students can receive up to $4,000 in grants that do not have to be paid back. 

Need Money for College?

Complete a short form to see if you qualify for grants for books, childcare, fees, program supplies, tuition, and Work-Study!

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See eligibility requirements below and connect with a Coordinator for more information and to verify if you meet qualifications. 


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We may be able to fund your education if you: 

  • Separated from military in last 4 years
  • Qualified for unemployment in last 4 years
  • Are a displaced homemaker
  • Are self-employed and facing hardship
  • Need new skills for a better job

Eligibility & Program Info

Student Eligibility

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 from your employer;
  • 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 needing new or updated skills to remain employed.

Program Staff