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Toll Free 1.866.900.2311
Fax 360.442.2339

Contact Career & Employment Services to make an appointment.
Admissions Center, Rm 110
see Campus Map
Crystal Heitz, Worker Retraining

Training Orientations
Held weekly in the Career Center.
See College Calendars, select Career Center from menu on left.

Worker Retraining is a state-funded program that provides job-related training and employment services to dislocated and unemployed workers to help them gain additional training in their existing field or get started on a new career path.

Get Training or Retraining for a New Career

Community colleges offer the opportunity to save money while earning a degree, preparing for transfer to a four-year college or university, or get training or re-training for a new career.

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You could be eligible for assistance if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Currently receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  • Received Unemployment Insurance in the past 2 years
  • Self-employed, but became unemployed or underemployed due to economic downturn or natural disaster in your community
  • Displaced homemaker (dependent on another income, and that income ended due to a change in domestic circumstances)

Examples of Training Areas - see  Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business
  • Business Technology
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Computer Science
  • Computing Specialist
  • Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Health Occupations
  • Individualized Certificate
  • Machine Trades
  • Manufacturing Occupations
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nursing & Nursing Assistant Certified
  • Welding

Additional Information

From the Washington State Employment Security Department

From Washington Career Bridge

Commissioner Approved Training (CAT)

Commissioner-approved training (CAT) from Washington State Employment Security Department allows you to collect your regular unemployment-insurance (UI) benefits while attending an approved full-time training program. If approved, you do not have to look for work.

Training Benefits

Training Benefits are paid to workers who have lost their jobs and are in an approved, full-time* training program. If you apply and are approved for Training Benefits you will be eligible for extra weeks of benefits paid after regular unemployment benefits and Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) have run out.