Worker Retraining

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For more information about:

Worker Retraining, contact
Laurie Arnold
Worker Retraining Specialist


Bates Technical College offers several programs that may be able to provide you with the financial assistance you need to attend college. In addition to the financial aid packages and scholarships for which all students may apply, there are some programs designed to provide aid to individuals in specific circumstances.

Worker Retraining program

The Worker Retraining program was established to provide financial support, under specific circumstances, to cover tuition, books, child care and transportation for those who are unemployed and pursuing an education to improve their employability. Funds, if awarded, can provide assistance to aid individuals in training for a new career or upgrading skills to regain employment in a professional technical field.

You may be eligible for Worker Retraining funding if you:

  • Are unemployed or have received a WARN notice
  • Are unemployed and receive benefits from Washington state
  • Have exhausted your unemployment benefits within the past 24 months
  • Are a displaced homemaker, legally separated or divorced
  • Were self-employed, but are now unemployed as a result of general economic conditions
  • Are a veteran: The individual student has separated from the U.S. armed services in the last 24 months. To establish eligibility, the student must present a 00214 (discharge papers) showing a separation date within the past 24 months and honorable discharge.

For more information about the Worker Retraining program, contact Laurie Arnold, Worker Retraining Specialist, 253.680.7127 or