What is WorkFirst?

The Everett Community College WorkFirst Program and its partners help parents receiving TANF develop skills and find opportunities to build better futures for their families.

The WorkFirst Program is a partnership with:

  • Everett Community College
  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • Employment Security Department
  • Department of Commerce


To qualify for free training through the WorkFirst Program:

  • You must be currently receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Your DSHS case manager must refer you for a specific eligible program

What We Offer

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Discuss your plans with your case manager
  2. Your case manager will refer you to Everett Community College
  3. Attend a scheduled WorkFirst orientation on campus

WorkForce Training & Development

WorkForce Training & Development Program provides retraining opportunities for unemployed workers, displaced homemakers, low-wage working parents, TANF recipients, and those looking to enhance their skills in the advanced manufacturing area. Workforce Training has tuition assistance to help students gain skills through professional/technical programs at Everett Community College.

You may be eligible for free tuition!

What is WorkForce Training Financial Assistance?

  • We are a "jump-start" funding source to help for one quarter
  • This grant supports students who are not receiving tuition assistance through other programs
  • WorkForce Training pays for all tuition and lab fees
  • Required tools/supplies for courses are not included (Cosmetology, Aviation, Welding, Photography, Art, etc.)
  • Continuing Education Courses are only covered if job-related
  • Funding is restricted to ATA – Vocational, non-transfer and certificate programs

Eligibility requirements for Worker Retraining/Dislocated Workers Tuition

Everett Community College works with WorkSource Everett External Site Link to provide job training for people who are on unemployment or face imminent layoff. Students may qualify for assistance and continue to receive unemployment benefits while attending one of Everett Community College's many occupational programs.

Eligibility requirements for WorkFirst Tuition

WorkFirst is Washington State's welfare reform program that helps people in low-income families find jobs, keep their jobs, find better jobs, and become self-sufficient. As this goal is achieved, savings from reduced caseloads have been reinvested in programs that help participants become more employable and provide them with opportunities for better employment and wages.