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Workforce Education Funding

The Workforce Education Department can help you to start or restart your career by providing funding and resources for TCC's Career Training Programs!

Do you need

Are you collecting Unemployment Benefits (or did you collect UI in the past 24 months), TANF or Basic Food Assistance?

or Do you meet the following income guidelines?

Household sizeMonthly Income
Add $676 per additional family member


You may qualify for help with books, tuition and other addtional supports while attending TCC.

Want to know if you qualify? - Apply and start next quarter!

Click here to take short survey and sign up for a Workforce Funding Workshop

Funding workshops provide information on all Workforce programs, take you through the application process and give you the opportunity to talk directly to a Workforce Specialist.

What are the four Workforce Education Programs?

Workforce programs are designed to help connect you with your career path and support you all the way through completion and employment. Each funding program has different criteria but TCC has one application to help students connect to the program(s) best designed to provide the most support.

Worker Retraining

You may be eligible for Worker Retraining, if you are a Washington resident and you meet one of the following criteria in the past two years:

•      Collecting or has collected unemployment benefits from the state of Washington 

•      Displaced Homemaker – divorced, separated or widowed

•      Formerly Self Employed in state-licensed business

•      Eligible Veteran

•      Worker at Risk of Unemployment

Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET)

You may be eligible for BFET if you qualify for Basic Food Assistance through Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). In addition, BFET eligible students may receive assistance with support services such as child care and transportation. 

If you meet the above income guidelines you may be eligible for Basic Food Assistance. Go to  to apply.


You may be eligible if you are receiving Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) through Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Education and Training is an approved WorkFirst activity.

Opportunity Grant

You may be eligible if you are a Washington state resident, meet the above income criteria and are pursuing an approved career training program.


Think you might qualify for one or more of these programs ?

Sign up for a Workforce Funding Workshop today! 

Workforce Education is located in the Advising and Counseling Center in Building 7. For more information call 253-566-5188 or email

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