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.

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?

Apply for funding

Fill out the application & schedule an appointment.

Application Form


Josefina (Josie) GarzaWorkforce Program Coordinator
Phone: 509.574.4743
Yakima Campus
Deccio Higher Education Center
Building 8, Room 135
VacantWorkforce Recruiter Coordinator
Monserrat VargasFinancial Aid Special Funding Bilingual Program Assistant
Phone: 509.574.4977
Yakima Campus
Deccio Higher Education Center
Building 8, Room 133