Worker Retraining

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The Washington Worker Retraining Program provides training and funding for unemployed workers who want to upgrade their skills or train for a new career. Worker Retraining support may be available if you meet any of the following:

  • Facing a layoff and eligible to collect unemployment benefits.
  • Currently collecting unemployment benefits.
  • Exhausted unemployment benefits within the past 48 months.
  • Displaced homemaker within the past 24 months.
  • Self-employed and now unemployed with the past 24 months.
  • Honorably discharged veteran within the past 48 months.
  • Stop-gap employment.
  • Active-duty military with an official order of separation.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).
  • Worker Retraining funds may be applied to tuition, books, transportation, and childcare assistance. (Financial assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis and may be limited by grant requirements, financial aid status, and grant fund availability.)
  • WRT funding is typically awarded for one quarter. Students should have a funding plan for subsequent quarters.  Additional funding may be available on a case-by-case basis.
  • Allowable programs include all CPTC’s High Wage/High Demand professional/technical programs, and programs funded by Worker Retraining.
  • Students who have earned Bachelor degrees will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress according to CPTC’s financial aid policies. (Students must not be in financial aid suspension or in student loan default.)

For more information, please call or visit the Workforce Development Eligibility Office. See webpage for office location and hours.