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Workforce Education

The business landscape is quickly evolving, and is leaving many people behind. Cascadia has programs to help you compete in today's job market by developing skills that are in high-demand by employers throughout our region. Our team provides academic advising, help applying for financial aid, or securing grants for those who are eligible.

 

Workforce Education

Workforce Education Programs

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

Cascadia's Workforce Programs are available to all students. Many students qualify for grants for one of our three grants: Worker Retraining Grants, Opportunity Grants, and Basic Food Employment & Training Grants. Our team can assist you with determining your eligibility and help guide you through the application process.

Available Grants

Worker Retraining Grants (WRT)

Worker Retraining is a state-funded program designed to provide job-related training and employment services to unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated workers to help them gain additional training in their existing field or get started on a new career path.
  • You receive or are eligible to receive unemployment benefits.
  • You have exhausted unemployment benefits within the past 48 months (four years).
  • You were formerly self-employed and currently unemployed due to general economic conditions.
  • You are an unemployed veteran discharged within the past 48 months (four years).
  • You are unemployed or underemployed after having been dependent on another family member’s income, but no longer supported by that income due to separation, divorce, death, or permanent disability of the main wage-earner.
  • You are a vulnerable worker (at risk of being unemployed) who meets two of the following three requirements:
  • Your job is not in demand. (See the Local Area Demand/Decline Occupations list.)
  • You do not have 45 college credits.
  • You must upgrade your skills to remain employed in your current job.
  • 1-2 quarters of tuition and fee assistance (dependent upon available funding)
  • Textbooks and supplies (up to $1,000 annually)
  • Transportation (quarterly parking permit or bus pass)
  • Relief from job search requirements
  • Possible extension of Unemployment Benefits

Opportunity Grant (OG)

The Opportunity Grant program helps low-income students complete up to one year of college and a certificate in a high-wage, high-demand career.

You could be eligible for the Opportunity Grant you meet all of the following requirements:

  • You have been a Washington State resident for at least one year (as defined in RCW 28B.15.012)
  • You are enrolled in a Professional Technical degree or certificate program or a Healthcare Program.
  • You maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
  • Your household income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (see the chart provided).
Household/Family Size Monthly Gross Household Income Annual Gross Household Income
1 person $2,510 $30,120
2 people $3,407 $40,880
3 people $4,303 $51,640
4 people $5,200 $62,400
5 people $6,097 $73,160
6 people $6,994 $83,920
For each additional family member add $897 $10,760

If your household income falls within the chart above, you could be eligible for Basic Food and the Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) Grant. Visit Washington Connection to see if you qualify.

  • Tuition and fee assistance up to 45 credits (within a three year use period)
  • Textbooks and supplies (up to $1,000 annually)
  • Transportation (quarterly parking permit or bus pass)

Basic Food Employment & Training Grant (BFET)

BFET is a federally funded program designed to support students who are receiving food stamps/SNAP benefits get training and gain in-demand skills needed for a better paying job.

You could be eligible for the BFET Grant if:

  • You are receiving federal Basic Food Assistance from DSHS (SNAP/food stamps)
  • You are not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF/cash assistance) from DSHS.
  • You are enrolled in a Basic Skills or ESL program or Professional Technical degree or certificate program with an employment goal related to your program of study.
  • If you do not receive Basic Food but meet the income guidelines in the chart below, you can visit Washington Connection to see if you qualify.
Household/Family Size Monthly Gross Household Income Annual Gross Household Income
1 person $2,510 $30,120
2 people $3,407 $40,880
3 people $4,303 $51,640
4 people $5,200 $62,400
5 people $6,097 $73,160
6 people $6,994 $83,920
For each additional family member add $897 $10,760

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

  • Tuition and fee assistance
  • Textbooks and supplies (up to $1,000 annually)
  • Transportation (quarterly parking permit or bus pass)

Areas of Interest Eligible for Funding

Areas of Interest Funding Options
Adult Basic Education WRT OG BFET
Career and College Foundations (ABE/ESL) No No Yes
Business Administration Credits WRT OG BFET
AAS-T in Office Supervision & Management 90 Yes Yes Yes
Certificate - Office Applications 20 Yes Yes Yes
Emergency Management Credits WRT OG BFET
AAS-T in Emergency Management 98 Yes No Yes
Certificate - Emergency Management 26 Yes No Yes
Health Care Credits WRT OG BFET
Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP 90 Yes Yes No
Information Technology Credits WRT OG BFET
AAS-T in Application Development 90 Yes Yes Yes
Certificate - Computer Programming Foundations 20 Yes Yes Yes
Certificate - JavaScript Programming Foundations 20 Yes Yes Yes
Certificate - User Interface Developer 23 Yes Yes Yes
Certificate - Web Application 22 Yes Yes Yes
Certificate - Web Foundations 22 Yes Yes Yes
AAS-T in IT Infrastructure Operations 91 Yes Yes Yes
Certificate - Desktop Support Technician 25 Yes Yes Yes
Certificate - Cloud Computing Engineer 25 Yes Yes Yes
Certificate - Network Engineer 25 Yes Yes Yes
Certificate - Security Support 25 Yes Yes Yes
Certificate - Server Administrator 30 Yes Yes Yes
Certificate - Virtualization Specialist 25 Yes Yes Yes
Sustainability Credits WRT OG BFET
BAS in Sustainable Practices 90 Yes No No
AAS-T in Water Resource Management 91 Yes No Yes

Academic Advisors

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Erika Miller - Business Administration, Emergency Management, Information Technology

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Grant Funding

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