Worker Retraining

Do you need money for books, childcare, supplies, or tuition?  We have funds available right now!

If you are pursuing a Professional Technical degree or certificate you may qualify.  There is open enrollment throughout the academic year and you don't have to pay back the funds!

For more information email Rachel Lee at RLee@pencol.edu.

What is Worker Retraining?

The Worker Retraining Program at Peninsula College is designed to provide instruction and training that can lead to family-wage employment.  It assists students with:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Book expenses
  • Childcare costs
  • Transportation
  • Educational supplies/tools

Who is Eligible?

The Worker Retraining Program can assist the following individuals:

  • Dislocated Workers: those eligible for unemployment, are currently collecting unemployment, or who have exhausted their unemployment benefits within the last 48 months
  • Stop-Gap Employed: those who were on unemployment or have exhausted their unemployment benefits within the last 48 months and who have accepted temporary employment but make less than 80% of their prior earnings
  • Displaced Homemakers: men or women who provided unpaid services within the home and relied upon another person's income, but no longer has access to that income due to an event within the last 24 months such as separation or divorce, death or disability, etc. 
  • Formerly Self-Employed: previous business owners who are no longer self-employed due to economic downturn or natural disasters
  • Vulnerable Workers: students with less than 45 college credits who are at risk of losing their current job due to a need for additional skills, or whose job is considered "not-in-demand"
  • Veterans who have been honorably discharged from service within the last 48 months
  • Active Duty Military members who have received official separation orders

What Programs are Eligible?

Worker Retraining is available for all short-term certificates, one-year certificates, and two-year degrees in Peninsula College's Professional Technical programs, or for those enrolled in Basic Education for Adults (BEdA).  

What Do I Do Next?

  1. Complete the online application or download the PDF version and turn it in to the One-Stop in Student Services.
  2. Submit all required documentation.
  3. If you are not already enrolled at Peninsula College, complete these 7 Steps.
  4. Submit your FAFSA and follow instructions regarding the completion of your financial aid file.  
Eligible students registering for a short-term program, such as Flagging, may be awarded financial aid for that quarter. If you register in a longer program or otherwise continue your enrollment in a Professional Technical program you may be considered for additional Worker Retraining assistance but must also apply for Federal Student Aid Programs. For additional information on applying for financial aid, please click here

For more information on careers and training opportunities, please visit the Washington Career Bridge.

Contact:

Inquiries may be directed to Rachel Lee at (360) 417-6359 or RLee@pencol.edu