Worker Retraining

Worker retraining opportunities are provided for laid off, unemployed, and dislocated workers in the State of Washington. The program provides job training to eligible members of Washington's workforce.

The emphasis is on retraining and rapid re–employment; therefore, students must be enrolled in short–term programs or Applied Baccalaureate Degrees, not in programs designed for transfer to a four–year college or university. The Worker Retraining program was reauthorized in 1999 to be funded from the Washington State General Fund and is administered by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.

Worker Retraining Provides:

Worker Retraining Eligibility Criteria:

  • Collecting Unemployment Insurance
  • Exhausted UI within the last four years
  • Received a layoff or WARN notice
  • Displaced homemakers (divorced, widowed, separated)
  • Formerly self–employed (business closed due to economy)
  • Active Military with separation notice or separated from the Military within the last four years

Dreamers (undocumented students) that meet the criteria may be eligible for Worker Retraining funding. Learn more at

How to Get Started

Apply for Worker Retraining assistance by completing a brief survey at and complete an application. For questions contact Workforce Services at 206.934.3854 for assistance or email at

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