The Workforce Education Office can help if you are looking for career training and need financial assistance. If you qualify, you may receive funding for tuition and fees. You may also be eligible for help with textbooks, a student ID card, a parking permit or ORCA transit pass.

Workforce Education may also assist you as a student enrolled in English as Second Language (ESL) classes or if you are completing your GED or high school diploma. Workforce Education staff are here to help you obtain the assistance you need to succeed in school.

Take the Start Next Quarter survey and complete the application at the end if you are eligible.

  If …

  You may be eligible for 

 • You Receive federal Basic Food assistance
   from DSHS and want to work

 Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)

 • You are a Parent receiving TANF Cash   
   Assistance and referred by DSHS TANF Case


 • You or your spouse are getting unemployment

 • Your business closed down

 • You are an unemployed or under-employed
   homemaker, OR

 • You are a veteran or have received separation

 • You are working in an eligible job and you
   need more training to stay employed in your
   job, OR

 • You are working in an eligible job and you don’t
   have a college certificate or degree.

 Worker Retraining

 Eligibility criteria (meet ALL of the 

 • You are a Washington State resident

 • With no previous college degree (AA or

 • Demonstrated satisfactory academic
   progress (2.5 or higher)

 • You are studying one of these programs:

 - Accounting

 - Allied Health AAS

 - Business (General Business AAS & AAS-T)

 - Early Childhood Education (ECE)

 - Electronics — AAS & AAS-T only (Elec. Eng.,
 Elec. Tech., Industrial Power, IT Controlled
 Elec., Healthcare Tech., Mechatronics)

 - I-BEST (Accounting, ECE, Electronics, IT,

 - Medical Assisting

 - Nursing Pre-requisites

 - Pharmacy Technician

 • Have financial need based on the FAFSA or
 WASFA; must apply before second quarter in

 • You have a Gross family income below 200%
   of the federal poverty level


 Opportunity Grant (OG) Scholarship

Complete the application for the Workforce Education programs by attending a Start next Quarter Workshop or by completing an online orientation. The orientation is designed to give you all the information you’ll need to obtain funding and get started in school. At the workshop, you’ll learn about the available funding programs, find out what you qualify for and submit your application. A staff member will meet with you one-on-one during the workshop to review your application.

Unsure of what you would like to study? Start exploring careers and how to get there using the College to Career tool.

Once you know what you want to study you will have to attend an educational planning workshop with an advisor. They will help you map out your education plan and register for your classes. Details about how to do this will be provided during your Start Next Quarter orientation.

Go to classes and start preparing for your new career!


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  • Contacts:
  • Telephone: (206) 934-3787
  • Fax: (206) 934-0175
  • Email
  • View Office Hours
  • Department Office: 
  • Opportunity Center for Employment & Education, Room 240
  • Mailing Address:
  • Workforce Education
  • North Seattle College
  • 9600 College Way North
  • Seattle, WA 98103-3599
  • Location:
  • OC0240A (OCEE Building, on the second floor.)