What are the Workforce Programs?

Worker Retraining

You may be eligible for Worker Retraining if you’re a Washington resident and meet one of the following criteria in the past four years:

  • Collecting or have collected unemployment benefits from WA State in the past four years
  • Eligible Veteran
  • Displaced Homemaker – divorced, separated or widowed
  • Formerly Self-Employed in state-licensed business
  • Worker at risk of unemployment without upgrading skills

WorkFirst

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

Basic Food Employment and Training

You may be eligible for Basic Food Employment and Training (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 income guidelines you may also be eligible for Basic Food Assistance.

Opportunity Grant

You may be eligible for Opportunity Grant funding if you’re a Washington state resident, meet income criteria and are pursuing an approved career training program.

Household Size
Maximum Monthly Income

*For households above 6 members, add $757 per family member

1 $2,147
2 $2,903
3 $3,660
4 $4,417
5 $5,173
6 $5,930

Early Achievers

You may be eligible for the Early Achievers Grant if you’re working in an Early Achiever certified childcare center, in-home child care provider, or an Early Learning program.  Funds can pay for the stackable certificates and Associates degree in Early Childhood Education.