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Worker Retraining

The Worker Retraining program can help pay for training expenses at Washington state's community and technical colleges and selected licensed private schools for those who have lost their jobs due to economic changes and for those receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.

Community and technical colleges also 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, develop work experience opportunities and hire staff to advise Worker Retraining students and coordinate Worker Retraining program


Shanna McBride
Program Administrator

Anna Nikolaeva
Policy Associate

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The Workforce Investment 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).

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 FTES.

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.

Annual quarter-by-quarter headcount and FTES reports

Worker Retraining accountability reports

SUE is a secure site for colleges to upload confidential information.

For assistance, email Kim Wheeler, Workforce Education Administrative Assistant.

Washington State Perkins V Plan

Find information about Perkins V (the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act) is being implemented in Washington. Information and resources are available for community and technical colleges at Perkins V.

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System Messaging 

Worker Retraining listserv emails will be transitioning to the Workforce Student Supports Canvas Community on August 1, 2020. Contact Katelynn Orellana at to join the Canvas and get involved in conversations with your peers at other colleges. The Workforce Student Supports Canvas Community is also your one-stop shop for program resources!

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