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In response to dramatic changes in the structure of Washington's economy, the layoffs of thousands of workers in major industries, and the long-term need for training programs for Washington citizens, the legislature enacted the Workforce Employment and Training Act in 1993.
As a result of this legislation, Washington's
college Worker Retraining programs have served more than 116,000
unemployed and dislocated workers. This law significantly expanded the
training available to the thousands of jobless workers who need to change careers
in order to re-enter the workforce.
Worker Retraining can help pay for training expenses for individuals who lost their jobs due to economic changes and for those receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.
Washington's community and technical colleges, as well as licensed private schools, receive Worker Retraining funding to improve programs that prepare people for work. Based on input from local employers, government, and community, these funds are used to update equipment, revise curriculum, and develop work experience opportunities. Colleges also hire staff to advise Worker Retraining students and coordinate Worker Retraining programs.
2013-14 Worker Retraining Information
Note: 2013-14 WRT Local Plan Guidelines and Financial Aid Guidelines have been updated - effective as of July 1, 2013.
Additional Worker Retraining Information
Worker Retraining Student Contacts
Community & Technical Colleges
Private Career Schools & Colleges Eligible for WRT Funds 2013-14
WRCood - Worker Retraining
The Workforce Investments Act of 1998 requires that each state establish a rapid response Dislocated Worker Unit (DWU) to implement statewide rapid response activities to assist employers and impacted workers as quickly as possible, following either permanent closures or mass layoffs, or natural or other disasters resulting in mass job dislocations.
The Washington State Employment Security Department Dislocated Workers Unit (DWU) oversees and supports rapid response activities led locally by the 12 regional Workforce Development Councils (WDCs). The DWU Rapid Response Team is the focal point in assisting local rapid response teams. Rapid Response represents the immediate effort by federal, state, and local officials, to help impacted workers immediately upon notification that a layoff will occur. Rapid Response involves coordinating and sharing information to facilitate access to programs and services that can assist individuals in finding new employment and/or retraining opportunities.
For more information regarding the Rapid Response Team in your area, contact your regional Workforce Development Council (WDC).
Worker Retraining Monitoring and Analysis Reports
The Worker Retraining FTE Monitoring Report shows Worker Retraining allocations and
enrollments for each college for the current and past fiscal year by quarter. It displays
The Worker Retraining Analysis reports below show Worker Retraining enrollments for each college for the most recent quarter available compared to the same quarter the prior year and the previous sequential quarter for the current year. It displays both FTES and headcount.
Worker Retraining Analysis Reports
For more information about Worker Retraining, contact Kendra Hodgson.
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