Worker Retraining

Worker Retraining eligibility has expanded due to COVID-19 related changes in unemployment insurance eligibility. Please see the attached flyer for information about these changes.

Workforce Education
(206) 934-3787

The Worker Retraining program provides funding for laid-off and dislocated workers who need training in order to return to the workforce. Training options include career training programs (certificates and AAS degrees), GED, high school completion, and English as a Second Language classes.

If you qualify, you may receive funding for your tuition. Textbook assistance may also be available. Worker Retraining students get priority registration.

Expanded Eligibility for Unemployed Workers Due to COVID-19

The federal government has expanded eligibility to unemployment insurance due to COVID-19, which has in turn expanded access to Worker Retraining for some workers who have experienced:

  • A reduction in work hours due to COVID-19.
  • Been laid off from a part-time position.
  • Experienced reduced income from a gig-economy job such as driving Uber/Lyft or caring for pets through Rover.
  • Been quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19, even if your place of employment remained open.

For more information on expanded eligibility for Worker Retraining, click here.

General Eligibility
You may be eligible for Worker Retraining if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have received a lay-off notice and will be eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits.
  • You are currently receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits.
  • You have exhausted Unemployment Insurance benefits within the past four years and are still unemployed or underemployed.
  • You have closed down your own business within the last two  years due to the economic downturn and are currently unemployed.
  • You are a displaced homemaker with low-income due to an event that occurred within the past four years, such as a divorce, separation, or death of your spouse/partner.
  • You have separated from the U.S. Armed Services within the past four years.
  • You are an active duty military member and have received a separation order.
  • You lost employment or experienced a reduction in employment due to a natural disaster.
  • You meet the criteria as a vulnerable worker because you are employed in a declining demand occupation.

Take the Start Next Quarter survey to find out if you pre-qualify for Worker Retraining and/or the other Workforce Education tuition assistance programs.

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