Workforce Transitions

 

Workforce Transitions programs provide financial support to help connect students with a path into a high-demand, high wage career. These programs can support:

  • Professional technical training (SPSCC has over 30 degrees and certificates available)
  • Job skills training—specific skills needed to gain employment
  • Pre-college skills (diploma, GED, basic skills or ESL) to prepare for career training

Each program has different criteria and requirements, but SPSCC has tools and experts to help each student find funding that will put them solidly on the path to completion and employment.

Complete the free survey to route you to the best source of funding that fits your needs for the program you want to enroll in.

Eligibility Survey

Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET)

BFET is a program for students who are receiving Federal Food Benefits through DSHS, but not receiving TANF. BFET is for students interested in:

  • Adult Basic Education, GED or ESL programs
  • Vocational or Professional Technical degrees (non-transfer)
  • Certificate programs

Students who qualify may be eligible to receive funding for up to two quarters to cover tuition and fees, books, transportation, childcare or tools.

Program eligibility requirements:

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Live in Washington State
  • Currently receiving or eligible to receive Federal Food Benefits via DSHS
  • Enrolled in ABE/GED/ESL program, vocational or professional technical non-transfer degree, or certificate program
  • Not receiving TANF
Opportunity Grant Program

The Opportunity Grant is a state-funded program designed to help low income students who are seeking education in fields such as:

  • Accounting
  • Automotive Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • All I-BEST programs
  • Medical Assisting
  • Office Administration
  • Welding

Opportunity Grants are available for Washington residents who meet certain income guidelines:

Household Size Max. Monthly Income
1 $1,962
2 $2,655
3 $3,349
4 $4,042
* Add $693 per person in household

Opportunity Grant application

WorkFirst Program

WorkFirst is a program to assist parents who are receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) to gain the skills needed to become employed or to advance in employment through wage and skill progression. Students who qualify may be eligible to receive funding for up to one quarter to cover tuition and fees, books, transportation, childcare or tools.

WorkFirst Work-Study is also available to students who are receiving TANF to provide employment opportunities while attending school.

Program eligibility requirements:

  • Currently be receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families)
  • Must be referred by your DSHS case manager for specific eligible programs

To apply for WorkFirst, call 360-596-5401 or drop by the WorkFirst Office in Building 22, Room 201B to schedule an appointment for individual orientation.

Find out if you qualify:

Washington Connection link to services

Worker Retraining Program

Worker Retraining is a state-funded program to help recently unemployed or military discharged students retrain in a new field to re-enter the workforce. A student may qualify if she/he:

  • is receiving unemployment
  • has exhausted unemployment within the past 48 months
  • has separated from the military within the past 48 months
  • received a lay-off notice
  • lost a main source of income due to spousal divorce, separation, death or disability
  • is out of work due to natural disaster

Students who qualify may be eligible to receive funding for up to one quarter to cover tuition and fees, books, transportation, childcare or tools.

Program eligibility requirements:

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Live in WA state
  • Enrolled in ABE/GED/ESL program, vocational or professional technical non-transfer degree, or certificate program
  • And have one of the following circumstances:
    • Currently receiving unemployment benefits
    • Eligible to receive unemployment benefits
    • Exhausted unemployment benefits within the past 48 months

To apply for Worker Retraining, submit the Worker Retraining Application. Call the Worker Retraining Office at 360-596-5446.

Worker Retraining requirements