Worker Retraining 

Training For Dislocated
& Unemployed Workers

Worker Retraining is a state-funded program that provides job-related training and employment services to dislocated and unemployed workers to help them gain additional training in their existing field or get started on a new career path. Training is available in any of our Professional/Technical programs. Students can choose to take occupational supplemental classes to upgrade their skills or earn a certificate or AAAS degree.

 Types of Assistance

  • Tuition and fees (current maximum of $1550 per quarter)
  • Assistance planning your education goals and funding assistance
  • Priority registration


You must fall into one or more of the following population groups:

  • Currently receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits or have exhausted those benefits within the past 48 months or have received a layoff notice
  • Displaced homemakers within the past 48 months
  • Formerly self-employed within the past 48 months
  • Victims of disasters whose jobs were affected within the past 48 months
  • Military personnel who have been honorably discharged within the past 48 months or have received a separation order
  • Are in a temporary, part-time job; training for permanent employment     
  • Be enrolled in a Professional/Technical program
  • Be enrolled in 12 or more credits each quarter
  • Must be a Washington state resident

How to Apply

 1. To get started, please attend a funding orientation:

  • Sign up for an orientation by calling 206-546-5882
  • Orientations occur on Wednesdays from 2-4:30pm
  • Topics covered: college overview, financial assistance available (including Worker Retraining), occupation/education resources, and CAT/TB information
  • Permit and Parking Instructions

2.  After attending a Funding Orientation, call 206-546-5882 to schedule appointments with:

  • Worker Retraining Program Specialist Fikru Diro AND
  • Employment Security (ESD) representative Stephanie Tschanz (to assist with CAT/TB and other paperwork)
Additional Information

CAT/TB Information (for students receiving Unemployment Insurance):

  • Commissioner Approved Training (CAT) allows an individual to attend full-time training and continue to collect Unemployment Insurance. If you are approved for CAT, your work search requirement is waived while enrolled in classes. CAT is intended to provide an individual with skills necessary to obtain or retain stable employment.
  • Training Benefits (TB) can increase the total number of weeks you are eligible to receive Unemployment benefits if you are attending full-time approved training.

Fikru Diro
5000 (FOSS) Building, Room 5101
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave. N
Shoreline, WA 98133

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.