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Workforce Development Funds

Please note for 2021-22, Workforce Development Fund will be non-competitive funding opportunity for Washington state community and technical colleges.

In order to reach the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ (SBCTC) goal that at least 70 percent of Washington adults will earn a postsecondary credential, colleges must be engaged in ambitious efforts to make data-informed decisions, engage diverse stakeholders, leverage a multitude of resources, respond to labor market gaps, and promote life-long learning.

In recognition of the strain the pandemic has put on professional/technical program resources and operations, SBCTC is making state Workforce Development Funds available to all colleges in FY22 to alleviate budgetary deficits caused or exacerbated by COVID-19. This is a one-time change to how Workforce Development Funds are administered.

These funds are highly flexible; allowable uses include but are not limited to capital outlays for instructional equipment, curriculum development, supporting partnerships among employers, training providers and workers, and other costs associated with instruction.  The funds do not have FTES attached, nor any FTE growth requirements.

These funds will be equally-apportioned and allocated directly to districts and colleges in allocation #1, pending that the passage of the state 2021-23 biennial budget provides for these funds. There will not be any OGMS application for these funds. An allocation-specific assurances document will be issued by SBCTC and must be signed and returned before the allocation is released. SBCTC will request that colleges complete mid-year and final reports regarding how these funds are utilized.


Carolyn McKinnon 
Policy Associate, Workforce Education


Important dates

Milestones Key Dates
Application available March 5, 2020
Application deadline April 23, 2020
Funds available July 1, 2020

2020-21 Program Resources and Guidelines


2019-20 Workforce Development Fund - Technology Enhancements

Important dates

Milestones Key Dates
Application available September 19, 2019
Application deadline October 31, 2019
Funds available December 2019

2020 Program Resources and Guidelines


Important dates

Milestones Key Dates
Application available March 7, 2019
Application deadline April 18, 2019
Funds available July 1, 2019

2019-20 Program Resources and Guidelines

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