Preparing people for the workforce.

Worker Retraining Programs

Training programs and funding available to jobless workers who need to change careers in order to re-enter the workforce.



Worker Retraining is a state-funded program administered by Lower Columbia College that helps students get started or complete a professional-technical program at LCC.

You may be eligible if:

  • You are a Washington resident, or
  • You are currently receiving Washington Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  • You received Washington Unemployment Insurance in the past 48 months
  • You are self-employed, but became unemployed or underemployed due to economic downturn or natural disaster in your community
  • You are a displaced homemaker (dependent on another income that changed due to domestic circumstances)
  • You have Veteran status (need to provide copy of DD214)

  Complete the Application

Print and bring your completed application to the Career Center located in the Admissinos Center.

  Complete la aplicación

Traer su solicitud para el centro de carreras ubicado en el centro de admisión.

  Attend a Worker Retraining Orientation

If you believe you are eligible and would like to submit your application at the orientation, please print and bring the application with you. Orientations are held on Tuesdays at 1 pm in the Career Center located in the Admission Center.

What are my options?

If you are currently receiving unemployment benefits you need approval from Employment Security to attend school while collecting benefits, including

Training Benefits waives the work search requirements for workers who have lost their jobs and are in an approved, full-time training program.

If you apply and are approved for Training Benefits you may be eligible for extra weeks of benefits paid after regular unemployment benefits and Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) have run out.

Commissioner-approved training (CAT) from Washington State Employment Security Department allows you to collect your regular unemployment-insurance (UI) benefits while attending an approved full-time training program.

If approved, you do not have to look for work.


Do I Qualify?

Take a survey to see if you qualify for Worker Retraining or other services.

It's short, free and anonymous.

If you pre-qualify, you can sign up for planning workshops!

Click the image below to take the survey:


Contact Worker Retraining

Make an appointment to discuss Worker Retraining through the Entry Center by calling 360.442.2311. Walk-ins welcome during regular business hours.

  Career Services in Admissions Center


  Crystal Heitz, Educational Planner


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