Worker Retraining Eligibility

Worker Retraining Orientation: Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m OR Fridays at 12:00 p.m. W213C

The Washington State Legislature appropriated funds to provide retraining opportunities for dislocated and unemployed workers in the state of Washington. The Worker Retraining Program continues to give priority service to the dislocated workers with substantial tenure.

Who may be eligible for the Worker Retraining Program?

The Worker Retraining Program provides one quarter of  tuition and book assistance, plus career counseling, academic guidance and other benefits to individuals in career transition such as laid off workers, displaced homemakers, and formerly self-employed individuals. Military veterans, honorably discharged in the last two years, may be eligible for help with cost of books.

You may be eligible for this program if you:

  • Are unemployed and eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits OR...

  • Have exhausted Unemployment Insurance benefits in the past two years; OR...

  • Are a displaced homemaker/were relying on spouse's income while caring for a family member(s) but that income is no longer available, due to a death or divorce, for example OR...

  • Were self-employed and are now unemployed due to general economic conditions OR...

  • Have been honorably discharged from military service within the past two years.

Here is a step by step guide to help you through the Worker Retraining eligibility process as quickly and smoothly as possible. Please call the Worker Retraining office with any questions you may have, 425 739 8206.

REQUIRED: Attend our Worker Retraining Orientation every Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. OR Friday at 12:00 p.m., in the West Building, Room W213C - no registration required.

This workshop, exclusively for Worker Retraining Program candidates at LWTech, provides an overview on how to get the classes you need, funding resources to pay for college  as well as deadlines to watch and regulations to navigate for individuals receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits while attending classes.

OPTIONAL: Career Choice Workshop
Not sure which training program is right for you? You may attend a free career choice workshop, held on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Call (425) 738-8113 to register. 

OPTIONAL: Meet with a career advisor in our Employment Resources Center, West Building, Room W207. Call (425) 739-8113 for appointment.

OPTIONAL: Check out our  programs of study.

REQUIRED: Show Your Math & English Skills

Thinking about a certificate or degree program? You will need either college transcripts showing a 2.0 'C' or higher in English or math classes OR a COMPASS Placement Test to determine English and math placement.

The COMPASS Placement Test is free and is offered in our Assessment Center, West Building, Room W204,


We strongly encourage you to prepare for the COMPASS test to improve scores, and to reduce the number of courses in math and English required. Results are valid for two years from original test date at LWTech. Retests require advisor permission.

COMPASS Testing Preparation Workshops are available every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month in room W204F.  For more information, please contact Kaytlyn Hoch at

No appointment is necessary. You may test on a Monday or Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., or Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Upon completion of the COMPASS Assessment, your English and math skills will be identified and you will be ready to register for classes and create an academic plan. 

If you are NOT fluent in English, please go to the Academic Skills Center (ASC) in the Library (Technology Center, Room 217) to take the CASAS assessment or call (425) 739-8359. 

REQUIRED: Attend our Academic Planning Workshop:  every Monday at 10 a.m., or every Wednesday at 1 p.m. All workshops are in the West Building, Room W204F, registration required.

You will receive guidance from LWTech advisors in a small group setting to create a personalized, course by course, quarter by quarter, training plan.

What is required for the Academic Planning Workshop?

  1. First, attend Worker Retraining Orientation

  2. Choose a program of study

  3. Bring transcripts showing English & math or Compass Assessment scores to this workshop. 


Apply for grants or other financial aid at (Note: “.GOV” not .COM).You will need your 2013 tax return to complete the 2014/2015 FAFSA for the 2014-2015 academic year spanning July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015. Bachelor’s Degree holders are also required to complete the application.

* Upon completion of the FAFSA application, print your confirmation at

*Note: The only exceptions to the FAFSA application requirement are: If you need just a few classes OR if you enroll in a certificate program that is not eligible for financial aid. Please see the Financial Aid Office, West Building, Room W209, for an updated list of non-FAFSA eligible programs.


If you're eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must attend our Commissioner Approved Training (CAT) and Training Benefit (TB) Workshop. The workshop is held on Mondays at 11:00 am and Wednesdays at 2:00 pm, registration required.

You will complete the above applications line by line, page by page, to request the waiver of job search (CAT) and/or extension of UI benefits (TB) while attending college.

REQUIRED: Attend our Worker Retraining Paperwork Intake

  • Mondays,  Room W204F, at 11:00 a.m.

  • Wednesdays, Room W204F, at 2:00 p.m.

Required for this Intake Session:

  • Worker Retraining Grant Application

  • Government-issued Photo ID such as driver’s license or US Passport

  • Social Security Card (US birth certificate or US Passport)

  • FAFSA confirmation


For Dislocated/Laid Off Workers:

  • Proof of Unemployment insurance - request a WIA 001 screen print from your local WorkSource

  • Copy of completed CAT/TB application (obtained at our college CAT TB Workshop)

If you are a Displaced Homemaker, Formerly Self-Employed or a Veteran of Military Service honorably discharged in the past two years, please call (425) 739-8206 for eligibility requirements.