What is WorkFirst?

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.

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

Certificate Program Options

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
  4. Start the College process

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. PDF icon

WorkFirst adheres to the Familly Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations. Download the FERPA PolicyPDF icon