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What is Worker Retraining?

Worker Retraining is a Washington state cooperative initiative between the Community Colleges of Spokane and the Washington State Employment Security Department. This initiative is designed to help unemployed workers retrain and re-enter the workforce. Priority is given to dislocated workers. Services provided through this initiative are:
  • Employment and training assistance
  • Counseling
  • School-to-work and job transition
  • Career planning
  • Customized retraining
  • Entrepreneurial training
  • Financial assistance, which may be used only for tuition, books, childcare and transportation
  • On-campus access to a qualified Employment Security counselor
  • Job Placement assistance

Am I Eligible?

You are eligible if you have been laid off or have received a layoff notice from a Washington state employer, and you meet one of the following criteria:
  • You are currently receiving, or are eligible to receive, Washington state unemployment benefits.
  • You have exhausted Washington state employment benefits within the past 24 months.
  • You are a dislocated worker.
  • You are a displaced homemaker.
  • You were formerly self-employed.
  • You are a veteran separated within 24 months from armed forces w/ honorable discharge

Additional Information

If you are interested in determining your eligibility to participate, or would like additional information, contact the SFCC Workforce Development office at:

   Contact: Worker Retraining Coordinator
  Phone: (509) 533-3521
  Fax: (509) 533-3312
  Location: Building 17, Room 105
Spokane Falls Community College

What is WorkFirst?

WorkFirst Financial Aid (WFA) is a program that pays for tuition, books, and required fees for eligible students.

Students may attend full, half, or less than half time and may enroll in credit or non-credit classes.

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Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for WFA you must meet the following criteria:
  • You must enroll in classes that are job-related or improve your employment opportunities.
  • You cannot be receiving Federal Financial Aid.
  • Your family income must be at or below 175% of the federal poverty level adjusted for family size.

Additional Information

If you are interested in determining your eligibility to participate, or would like additional information, contact the SFCC Workforce Development office at:

   Contact: Worker Retraining Coordinator
  Phone: (509) 533-3521
  Fax: (509) 533-3547
  E-mail: WorkSource@spokanefalls.edu
  Location: Building 17, Room 105
Spokane Falls Community College

Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)

The Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program is a partnership between Spokane Falls Community College and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) which offers educational and workforce training opportunities to students receiving Basic Food Assistance (food stamps).

You may be eligible for the BFET program if:

  • You are currently receiving or are eligible to receive food stamps
  • You are not receiving TANF benefits through DSHS
  • You are enrolled in a Professional Technical program of study (AAS)

Program benefits may include:

  • Establishing and/or maintaining eligibility for food stamps while attending school
  • Eligibility for DSHS’ Child Care Subsidy Program
  • Assistance with books and required course materials (on a funds available basis)
  • Referral to on-campus and off-campus resources
People in the Household Gross Monthly Income
1 $1,816
2 $2,452
3 $3,090
4 $3,726
5 $4,362
6 $5,000
7 $5,636
8 $6,272
9 $6,910
10 $7,546
Each Additional Add $600

Benefits to Participants:

Tuition, Books, and Course Materials
There are some circumstances in which BFET funds may be available to help you pay your tuition and/or purchase text books necessary for your program.
Child Care
Under many circumstances funds for child care services are available to participants.

Expectations of Students:

FAFSA
Apply for financial aid through FAFSA each year. This must be done rior to application to BFET.
Pursue a Professional-Technical Degree
Pursue a professional or technical degree or certificate which will help you reach your employment goals.
Basic Food Assistance
Maintain eligibility in Basic Food Assistance and actively participate in program requirements set by DSHS. Eligibility of participants is reviewed throughout the quarter.
Satisfactory Academic Achievement
Pass and complete all classes. Otherwise you may lose access to the program and/or financial aid eligibility.
Progress Reports
Submit signed progress & participation reports. You will receive information and reminders about deadlines for the forms. Maintain eligibility in Basic Food Assistance and actively participate in program requirements set by DSHS. Failure to submit reports on time is grounds to terminate a student's BFET program benefits.
Education Plan
An education plan is created upon enrollment in the BFET program. This will help establish your academic and career goals. The BFET coordinator will also help you navigate the appropriate classes and assist you when necessary.
Important Dates
Be aware of important dates such as: start and end dates for each quarter, holiday schedule, registration dates and times, and refund/drop dates.
Communicate Changes
Report any changes in your contact information to Registration & Records as well as to the BFET office. Notify the BFET office if you become employed while a participant.
Employment Plan
Create an employment plan identifying clear goals and a strategy for you to find employment, or to return to work after completing your training.

To see if you qualify, for questions, or to apply, see Amme Paluch, WorkForce Program Manager Building 17, Room 105 or call 509-533-3599

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