Worker Retraining / Displaced Homemaker

Everett Community College works with the Employment Security Department to provide job training for people who are unemployed or face imminent layoff. Students may qualify for assistance with tuition and fees, and continue to receive their Washington State unemployment benefits while attending one of EvCC’s many occupational programs.

What is Worker Retraining Assistance?

  • We are a "jump-start" funding source to help for the first quarter.
  • This grant supports students who are not receiving tuition assistance through other programs.
  • Worker Retraining 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 covered only if job-related.
  • Funding is restricted to ATA – Vocational, non-transfer and certificate programs.
  • Attendance at one of the Worker Retraining Orientations is mandatory when seeking tuition funding (held every Thursday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm in Gray Wolf Hall 264 starting October 30, 2014).

You are eligible if…

  • You are currently receiving Washington State unemployment benefits or have within last 24 months, or 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 24 months.

Questions regarding unemployment issues?

Our on-site Co-Location Employment Security Specialist can help answer your questions about attending school while you receive unemployment benefits. Stop by the Parks Student Union, Room 308, or phone 425.388.9989. The Specialist is available on Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Worker Retraining staff will be happy to help you throughout the week.

You will be filling out the following applications 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 insurance without actively seeking employment.
  • TB - An application for Training Benefits is a potential extension of unemployment benefits while attending full-time school. This form must be submitted within 90 days from when you opened your Unemployment claim.

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

What is Displaced Homemaker Assistance?

  • We are a "jump-start" funding source to help for the first quarter.
  • This grant supports students who are not receiving tuition assistance through other programs.
  • Worker Retraining 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 covered only if job-related.
  • Funding is restricted to ATA – Vocational, non-transfer and certificate programs.

You are eligible if:

  • You have not worked out of the home for at least the last 3 years.
  • You are not gainfully employed.
  • You need assistance to secure employment.
  • You are thrown into the workplace due to a drastic situation such as divorce, death, separation, etc.