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Opportunity Express

highway sign that reads: Opportunity Express

The Opportunity Express Act of 2010 brings together programs and resources to help unemployed and low-income citizens to pursue college, job training, and apprenticeship in certain high-growth industries.

Get Started

Visit a WorkSource Center for employment and training services

Call the nearest Worker Retraining Program.

Contact your local college admissions office to start the enrollment process.

Find grants and funding for college.

Other ways to pay for college.

Training Programs

You can access a number of job training programs, including programs for adults, youth, laid-off and dislocated workers, apprenticeship programs, ex-offenders, Washington Service Corps, WorkFirst, and programs for persons with disabilities.

Explore the many education and training programs in Washington State or find an apprenticeship program.

Worker Retraining

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.

Commissioner-Approved Training

Commissioner-approved training (CAT) allows you to collect your regular unemployment-insurance (UI) benefits while attending an approved full-time training program. If approved for commissioner-approved training, you do not have to look for work. CAT does not pay for books, tuition or school related fees. It does not extend your benefits.

Training Benefits Program

The Training Benefits program offers additional weeks of unemployment benefits so those eligible can train for a career in a high-demand field. If approved, you don’t have to look for work as long as you are enrolled and making satisfactory progress in your training program.

Watch a video introduction to the Training Benefits Program, including application deadlines and eligibility requirements.

Resources for Employers

Job Skills Program

Washington's Job Skills Program is training customized to meet employers' specific needs. Training is delivered to new or current employees at the work site or in a classroom.

Customized Training Program

The Washington Customized Training Program was created by the State Legislature to provide training assistance to businesses that provide employment opportunities in Washington.

Resource links

Opportunity Internships for High School Students

The OpportunityExpress.aspx Internship Program pairs high school students with internships at local companies in high-demand fields, and lets them earn a scholarship for college or apprenticeship.

Currently, Opportunity Internships are available through these Workforce Development Councils:

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