The Worker Retraining program provides financial assistance for tuition and expenses (including books, transportation, and childcare) during one quarter of job training at Pierce College. The program is open to unemployed and dislocated workers, as well as homemakers seeking to re-enter the workforce.
Note: To be eligible, you must currently be receiving state unemployment insurance benefits or, within the last 24 months, you must have exhausted those benefits. This program is also open to homemakers needing to re-enter the workforce, and to self-employed workers who are now unable to work due to an economic downturn.
To find out if you are eligible for Worker Retraining assistance, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Then, visit the Advising Centers at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom or Pierce College Puyallup to meet with a Worker Retraining professional. Or, call (253) 964-6265 to schedule an appointment.
The following career training programs are eligible for Worker Retraining assistance:
These programs offer both degree and certificate options. In general, certificate programs require roughly 45 credits and can be completed in about a year for a full-time student. Degree programs require about 90 credits and typically take about two years to complete.
In addition to the degree and certificate programs listed above, Pierce College also provides two shorter programs that are eligible for Worker Retraining assistance. These are: