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Located at the Library Annex (located across from the library)

Workforce Education Info Sessions

The Workforce Education Info Sessions are available every Wednesdays from 1pm-2pm at CC2-161. The sessions will offer info on three sources of funding through Workforce Education (Worker Retraining, Opportunity Grant, & BFET - Basic Food Employment Training) and provide opportunity to apply if eligible. To qualify, you must be in a professional technical program.

Worker Retraining

If you are currently eligible to receive unemployment benefits or have exhausted benefits within the last two years; if you have ended your self-employment due to economic conditions; if you are a displaced homemaker; or if you have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. armed services in the last two years, Worker Retraining may provide limited tuition and other support to help you upgrade your skills. Click below on Worker Retraining to find out more information.

Eligible Programs

As a Worker Retraining participant, you can choose from these programs. Click below on Eligible Programs to find out more information.

Professional Technical Internship Specialist

Professional Technical Internship Specialist is available to you to assist you in finding an internship to complete your Professional Technical degree or certificate.

Visit LBA-102E across from the library / internships@cascadia.edu / 425.352.8138.

 

Professional Technical Advising/Opportunity Grant

Lydia Carr, Professional Technical Advisor/Opportunity Grant Coordinator

LBA-102F across from the library.

 

To schedule an appointment with the Professional Technical Advisor visit Kodiak Corner in person or call 425.352.8860. 

 

The Opportunity Grant provides funding for Washington resident low income students enrolled in Professional Technical programs. It can provide tuition and fess for up to 45 credits. It also can assist students with bus and parking passes up to $1,000 per year in books. Learn more about the Opportunity Grant and apply here.  

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Worker Retraining

 

If you are currently eligible to receive unemployment benefits or have exhausted benefits within the last two years; if you have ended your self-employment due to economic conditions; if you are a displaced homemaker; or if you have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. armed services in the last two years, Worker Retraining may provide limited tuition and other support to help you upgrade your skills.

 

In order to participate in this program, you must enroll in a credit bearing professional technical training program (see Eligible Programs).

 

Support

 

Worker Retraining students may receive assistance with:

  • Tuition and books
  • Applications and processes: Commissioner Approved Training (CAT); Training Benefits (TB); Workforce Investment Act — Dislocated Worker Assistance; Trade Adjustment Act; financial aid
  • Academic advising and career services, including help developing an individual educational plan
  • Other support to help you succeed and stay in your program

Eligibility

 

To be eligible for Worker Retraining, you must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Currently receiving unemployment benefits
  • Currently eligible for unemployment benefits
  • Exhausted your unemployment benefits within the last two years
  • Were formerly self-employed and are currently unemployed because of general economic conditions
  • Are a displaced homemaker affected by death, divorce, or separation within the last two years
  • Received an honorable discharge from the U.S. armed services in the last two years

 

You must enroll in an eligible program. You may enroll either full or part time. You can enroll in Worker Retraining whether or not you are already enrolled as a student at Cascadia.

 

How to Enroll

 

Visit LBA-102E across from the library / retrain@cascadia.edu / (425) 352-8014.

 

Eligible Programs

As a Worker Retraining student at Cascadia, you can choose from the programs for the Professional Technical Degrees and Certificates, subject to approval by your case manager.

 

Classes are held on the Cascadia campus and in nearby locations. Some classes are offered at early morning and evening times.

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BFET: Basic Food Employment and Training

BFET

The Basic Food Employment Training Grant can provide assistance with tuition, fees, books and transportation for professional technical students who are Washington state residents and receiving Basic Food Assistance. To apply for this grant, please contact the Workforce Resource Center or attend the Workforce Education Info Session held every Wednesday from 1pm-2pm at CC2-161.

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