Worker Retraining

Bates Technical College offers several programs that may be able to provide you with the financial assistance you need to attend college. In addition to the financial aid packages and scholarships for which all students may apply, there are some programs designed to provide aid to individuals in specific circumstances.

Worker Retraining program

The Worker Retraining program was established to provide financial support, under specific circumstances, to cover tuition, books, child care and transportation for those who are unemployed and pursuing an education to improve their employability. Funds, if awarded, can provide assistance to aid individuals in training for a new career or upgrading skills to regain employment in a professional technical field.

You may be eligible for Worker Retraining funding if you:

  • Received unemployment benefits, from any state, anytime, during the past 48 months
  • Loss of income due to death, divorce/separation or layoff of primary income earner within the previous 48 months
  • Separation from the military within the previous 48 months or received a separation notice
  • Loss of a business within the past 48 months due to general economic conditions or a natural disaster in the community in which the individual resides

Certain employed individuals may also qualify if they are at risk of job loss due to lack of skills or if the job is low wage, temporary or part-time.

Care must be taken by individuals who want to attend school while collecting unemployment benefits in order to maintain your eligibility for benefits. There are two programs administered by Employment Security that such individuals should investigate:

Commissioner Approved Training (CAT) allows you to collect your regular unemployment benefits while attending an approved, full-time training program. To apply for CAT, visit www.esd.wa.gov/jobs-and-training/commissioner-approved-training

Training Benefits (TB) The Training Benefits program offers additional weeks of unemployment benefits so eligible claimants can train for careers in high-demand fields. To apply for TB, visit www.esd.wa.gov/jobs-and-training/training-benefits-program

To view/print information about your unemployment insurance claim, visit secure.esd.wa.gov/home/

For more information about the Worker Retraining program, contact
Laurie Arnold
Worker Retraining Specialist
253.680.7127, larnold@bates.ctc.edu