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Worker Retraining Program

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The Worker Retraining Program can help you get the skills and training you need. The program is a partnership between community and technical colleges and the Employment Security Department to provide job training to eligible members of Washington's workforce.


You could be eligible for Worker Retraining benefits for any of the following reasons:

  • Receiving—or eligible to receive—unemployment benefits
  • Have exhausted unemployment benefits within the last two years
  • Formerly self-employed and currently unemployed due to general economic conditions
  • Unemployed veteran honorably discharged within the past 24 months
  • Unemployed or underemployed after having been dependent on another family member’s income, but no longer supported by that income due to separation, divorce, death, or permanent disability of the main wage-earner
  • A vulnerable worker (at risk of being unemployed) who meets two of the following three requirements:


The Worker Retraining staff can provide tuition and support services for students who are out of work or in danger of losing their jobs without more training.

  • Tuition assistance, books, and fees for those who qualify
  • Educational advising and planning
  • Job search assistance
  • Assistance in locating additional funding for training
  • Liaison to other agencies, programs and fund sources
  • Assistance with forms such as Employment Security Commissioner Approved Training (CAT) and Training Benefits (TB) applications, Workforce Investment Act/Dislocated Worker, and Trade Adjustment Act

Students can enroll in certain professional-technical training programsPDF logo. Check with your local college to find out which programs are currently eligible.

Get Started

Each college offers Worker Retraining Orientation sessions in group or individual settings. Contact the Worker Retraining Program at your nearest college.

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