Worker Retraining

Worker Retraining is a state-funded program designed to help eligible individuals update their job skills and return to employment.

What services does Worker Retraining provide?

  • Payment of tuition and fees
  • Assistance with the Employment Security Commissioner Approved Training (CAT) /Training Benefits (TB) application (permission to attend school while collecting your unemployment)
  • Educational advising and planning
  • Assistance in locating additional funding for training
  • Priority registration
  • Liaison to other agencies, programs and funding

YVC’s Worker Retraining offers training for a wide range of professional-technical certificates and degrees within the Workforce Education Division.

Please Note:  Funding for qualified Worker Retraining students is contingent upon availability of Worker Retraining funds.

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What our students say…

YVC’s program provided me with the support I needed as a returning student, “stated Saenz. “Through the program, I have been able to meet new people, received support from faculty, and learned valuable computer skills.

Frances Saenz, Business Technology Certificate in General Office Assistant

How to Apply for Worker Retraining

Who is eligible for Worker Retraining?

Individuals receiving unemployment benefits: dislocated workers, workers facing imminent layoffs, unemployed veterans or displaced homemakers may qualify for Worker Retraining funds. You must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Currently receiving Washington State Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits
  • Have exhausted your Washington State Unemployment (UI) claim within the past 48 months
  • A worker vulnerable to layoff or who has recently received a layoff notice
  • Have been determined to be a “Dislocated Worker” by WorkSource
  • Have been self-employed within the past 24 months, operating your own business, and are now unemployed due to economic downturn
  • Are an unemployed veteran who has been discharged from the US armed services within the past 48 months
  • Are you a displaced homemaker?