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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
- Automotive Technology
- Business Technology
- Computer Aided Design
- Computer Science
- Computing Specialist
- Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technology
- Early Childhood Education
- Health Occupations
- Individualized Certificate
- Machine Trades
- Manufacturing Occupations
- Medical Assisting
- Nursing & Nursing Assistant Certified
From the Washington State Employment Security Department
- Learn about an occupation - discover which occupations have the most job opportunities.
From Washington Career Bridge
- Gear up for your career - find the education and training you need to get the job you want.
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 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.
Holleigh Yaden has a “potluck of different careers under her belt,” but always wanted to earn her college degree. After being laid off during the economic recession, she took advantage of Trade Act funds to realize that longtime dream.
A strong commitment to her studies has landed Yaden on the honor role every quarter for the past year and helped her earn scholarships to cover costs. Her mother, an LCC nursing graduate, proudly posts the certificates on the refrigerator. “And she took me shopping for school clothes for the first time in 30 years!” chuckles Holleigh.
Yaden is building on years of work experience in office settings to complete LCC’s program for Medical Administrative Assistants. Then, she plans to continue studies to earn a bachelors degree and build a career in healthcare that will enable her to take care of her family. Her proficiency in medical billing and coding will also serve her and family.
Now employed with Cowlitz Indian Health Clinic, she is a step closer to her goals, and in the spirit of "giving back" to the community, she wants to shout out: "Any of our students that have proof of enrollment in a recognized tribe, could be eligible for health care services at little or no cost. To find out, just give them a call at 360.578.7946."
She expressed gratitude to her mom, WorkSource, her friends and LCC for moral support, and wants to encourage others to keep trying. It's tough out there, but persevere. It pays.
Robert Cummings was laid off in early 2006 from Sinnett's MarketPlace, where he was a journeyman retail clerk, warehouse manager and receiving clerk.
That Spring, he started at LCC, with help from the Worker Retraining Program. He was LCC's top Accounting Student for 2006-07, and graduated Winter of 2008. He's working for Opsahl, Shepp & Company, getting work experience and looking forward to moving up.
"If it weren't for the grants and the Worker Retraining, I wouldn't have been able to go through school," he said.