Worker Retraining
Dorrin Wanjiru
Program Specialist 2
Parks Student Union 307

Office Hours
Monday 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
1st & 2nd day of the quarter - 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

Holiday and Campus Closures
May 29, 2017

Worker Retraining Orientation
Thursdays 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This orientation is mandatory for all new Worker Retraining students.

Employment Security Specialist
Parks Student Union 307
Office Hours
Thursdays 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Worker Retraining via Everett Community College

Everett Community College works in partnership with the Employment Security Department to provide job training for people who are a dislocated worker or laid-off. Worker Retraining is a "jump-start" funding source providing assistance with tuition, fees, and books. Funding is restricted to non-transfer certificates or ATA degrees and Continuing Education courses if they are job-related.

Attendance at one of the Worker Retraining orientations is mandatory when seeking funding assistance. Orientations are held every Thursday from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Please complete the online Start Next Quarter eligibility survey  to assist in locating programs and resources potentially available to you and to register for the free orientation at end of survey.

You may be eligible for Worker Retraining if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are currently receiving unemployment benefits or have exhausted benefits within the past 48 months.
  • You are facing a layoff.
  • You have been operating your own business and are unemployed because of general economic conditions in the community in which you reside.
  • You have been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces within the past 48 months or have an official notice of separation.
  • You are a disaster-impacted worker.
  • You are a Boeing displaced worker.
  • You are a dislocated worker temporarily employed in a field not related to previous training or experience.
  • You are a displaced homemaker due to an unforeseen event, such as a divorce, separation, or death of spouse/partner.
  • You are a vulnerable worker employed in a "not in demand" occupation.


  • Tuition assistance, books, and fees for those who qualify.
  • Educational advising and planning.
  • Job search assistance.
  • Assistance in locating additional funding for training.
  • Liaison to other agencies, programs and fund sources.
  • Assistance with forms such as Employment Security Commissioner Approved Training (CAT) and Training Benefits (TB) applications, Workforce Investment Act/Dislocated Worker, and Trade Adjustment Act.

The Worker Retraining Program applies only to basic skills courses or professional-technical programs. Check with your local college to find out which programs are currently eligible.

Questions regarding unemployment benefits?

Our on-site co-location Employment Security Specialist can help answer your questions about attending school while you receive unemployment benefits. Please stop by Workforce Funding, Parks Student Union, Room 307, or phone 425.388.9989. The Specialist is available on Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Worker Retraining staff will be happy to assist you throughout the week.

You will be filling out the following applications if you are receiving unemployment benefits to obtain permission from Employment Security to attend school:

  • CAT- Commissioner Approved Training request is a request to Employment Security to allow you to attend school and collect your unemployment benefits without actively seeking employment. Please submit form as soon as possible to the Employment Security Specialist.
  • TB - An application for training benefits is a potential extension of unemployment benefits while attending full-time school. Please have this form signed by the Worker Retraining Specialist prior to submission to the Employment Security Specialist.

You will periodically (every 6 weeks) receive a progress report from Employment Security that will need to be signed by the Worker Retraining Office.

Additional considerations:

  • Worker Retraining funding supports students who are not receiving tuition, fee, and book assistance through another resource.
  • Required tools/supplies for such programs as Cosmetology, Aviation, Welding, Art, etc. are not included in Worker Retraining funding.

Workforce Funding Application

To increase accessibility and streamline our application process, the Workforce Funding Department has created a joint application for all our grant programs. With a single application, you can apply for BFET, Worker Retraining, WorkFirst, and the Opportunity Grant. Our new application is now available online and will automatically upload to your grant program! Download the Workforce Funding Application and instructions

Worker Retraining adheres to the Familly Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations. Download the FERPA Policy

All of the information provided on this page and logo comes from the Everett Community College website.