Worker Retraining

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From Classroom to Industry. Fast.

The Worker Retraining program can provide tuition assistance and more to eligible students.  If you're looking for new or upgraded skills or a whole new career, we're looking for you.

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.

Attend SOAR PLUS by calling 360-473-2858.

Please make an appointment by calling 360-475-7231.  

Jim Funaro, Transitions Coordinator for Worker Retraining
Olympic College Bremerton | (360) 475-7231

Rose Ferri, Transitions Coordinator for Worker Retraining
& WorkFirst, Shelton
Olympic College Shelton
937 W Alpine Way, Shelton | (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 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.


Qualified students may receive assistance with tuition and fees, books, dependent care, and other costs in addition to educational advising. This assistance must 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.