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Workforce Development

Workforce Development offers specialized training, funding, and student support to build the foundation for a competitive workforce by responding to business/industry and community needs.

Workforce Development helps with:
  • Advising and Counseling services
  • One-on-one financial counseling
  • Employment support with WorkSource Services
  • Short-term training courses through Workforce Education
  • Funding programs to support students while receiving their education
Programs, Program Hours and How to Connect

Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)


BFET is a training program meant to assist recipients towards their goals of employment.

BFET helps with:

  • Keeping your food benefits active while attending school
  • Childcare subsidies provided through DSHS
  • Required books
  • Tools /Uniforms
  • Other emergency supports
  • Tuition not otherwise covered by Financial Aid
 

Who's eligible?
If you're receiving Federal food benefits, you may be eligible to receive funding and resource assistance. 

How do I get started with BFET?
Call our offices at 253-589-4311 or email WFD_Eligibility@cptc.edu

In-person by appointment Tuesday - Thursday 9am-4pm

Connect in a virtual lobby (Zoom) during these hours:

  • Monday: 9am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
  • Friday: 10am – 12pm
  • New Student Orientation Sessions are held Wednesdays 10-11

Opportunity Grant (OG)

What is Opportunity grant?
Opportunity Grant (OG) is a program that assists participants with funding and other services while they attend school. The program can assist in 45 credits, or 3 years of education.

What are the benefits?

  • Tuition 
  • Required books
  • Tools /Uniforms

Who's eligible?

  • Washington State residents, and 
  • Admitted into one of the eligible program pathways, and
  • Have income at or below the Federal poverty Guidelines below:
 
Number in Family 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Monthly Income 2,127 2,873 3,620 4,367 5,113 5,860 6,607 7,353
Yearly Income 25,520 34,480 43,440 52,400 61,360 70,320 79,280 88,240

Which programs are eligible?

 

How do I get started with an Opportunity Grant?
Call our offices at 253-589-4311 or email WFD_Eligibility@cptc.edu.

In-person by appointment Tuesday - Thursday 9am-4pm

Connect in a virtual lobby (Zoom) during these hours: 

  • Monday: 9am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
  • Friday: 10am – 12pm
  • New Student Orientation Sessions are held Wednesdays 10-11

WorkFirst (WF)

What is WorkFirst?
WorkFirst (WF)is a training program meant to assist recipients towards their goals of employment. WF can assist with tuition, books, work study opportunities, and can count towards the DSHS participation requirements. 
PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that you speak to your DSHS case manager if you are interested in going to school.

What are the benefits?

  • Tuition not otherwise paid for by Financial Aid
  • Required books
  • laptop loans
  • Work study opportunities
  • childcare subsidy provided through DSHS
 

Who's eligible?
If you are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) through DSHS, you are potentially eligible for the WorkFirst Program.

How do I get started in the WorkFirst program?
The WorkFirst program requires a referral from your DSHS case manager. Our WorkFirst staff can help you contact them as necessary. Once the WorkFirst program assistant receives your information, they will contact you to schedule an appointment. For more information, Call our offices at 253-589-4311 or email WFD_Eligibility@cptc.edu

In-person by appointment Tuesday - Thursday 9am-4pm

Connect in a virtual lobby (Zoom) during these hours:

  • Monday: 9am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
  • Friday: 10am – 12pm
  • New Student Orientation Sessions are held Wednesdays 10-11

Worker Retraining (WRT)

What is Worker Retraining?
Worker Retraining is a program that assists participants with funding and other services while attending courses for at least one quarter.

What are the benefits?

  • Tuition not otherwise paid for by Financial Aid
  • Required books
  • Toolkits
  • transportation costs
  • Childcare expenses
 

Who's eligible?
Qualifying situations include:

  • Receiving or exhausting unemployment within the last four years,
  • Discharged from the military within the last 4 years
  • Active duty military scheduled to separate within the next 12 months,
  • Recent divorced, widowed, separated within the last 2 years, or
  • Needing to obtain training to remain employed.
 

How do I get started in the Worker Retraining program?
Call our offices at 253-589-4311 or email WFD_Eligibility@cptc.edu

Connect in a virtual lobby (Zoom) during these hours:

  • M, W, Th 9-12

Early Achiever's Grant (EAG)

What is Early Achiever’s Grant?
Early Achievers is a financial aid program that assists students that are employed child care providers in early learning and are pursuing a certificate or degree in early childhood education.

What are the benefits?

  • Tuition not otherwise paid for by Financial Aid
  • Required books
  • Toolkits
  • Transportation costs
  • Childcare expenses
 

Who's eligible?

  • Washington State residents as defined in RCW 28B.15.012, and
  • Employed at a childcare facility, family home care or Head Start/ECEAP program that is actively participating in the Department of Children, Youth, and Families' Early Achievers (QRIS) program. The student must work a minimum of 10 hours a week or 40 hours per month at an eligible childcare facility.  The student must also have worked for an employer for a minimum of three (3) months.
    The Department of Children, Youth, and Families will provide the colleges with access to information regarding eligible employers. The student must provide work history documentation to the college and update the college with any changes to their employment or their employer's information.

I'm eligible for the Early Achiever's Grant. How do I get started?

  1. Email Jennifer Weinmann at jennifer.weinmann@cptc.edu.
  2. Make a formal application to the program.
  3. Enroll in an Early Achievers Grant-eligible education program.

*Students employed by Head Start may receive Early Achiever Grant funding for one course (up to 5 credits) per quarter for a maximum of three quarters. Students employed by HeadStart may not exceed 15 total credits supported with Early Achiever Grant funds.

Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)

What is ABAWD?
Able Bodied Adult Without Dependents.
Individuals receiving food benefits (SNAP) who are identified as ABAWD will be required to participate in work, volunteering, or training programs in order to continue receiving food benefits (SNAP).

What are the requirements*?
ABAWD’s  can only receive 3 months of food benefits (SNAP) without participating in one of the following activities; 

  1. Work a minimum of 20 hours per week averaged monthly (80 hours per month);
  2. Volunteer in the community through Workfare; 
  1. Participate in state approved employment or training programs; or
  2. Qualify for a personal exemption.
 

*DUE TO A RECENT COURT RULING, PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT REQUIRED IN ORDER TO KEEP FOOD BENEFITS OPEN. Please check Washington State’s ABAWD webpage for additional information and updates.

How do I get started?
Email Hayley Saucedo at Hayley.Saucedo@cptc.edu.

Financial Counseling through Center for Strong Families (CSF)

Understanding how to navigate your financial future is as important as choosing your program of study. Financial Counseling can provide you with the financial knowledge to strengthen your financial ‘tool kit’.

Financial Counseling can assist you with:

  • Program/Industry income projections
  • Cost of Living analysis (will you earn enough to live)
  • Personal budget creation
  • Credit/Loan application assistance
  • Debt reduction strategy
  • Credit Report review
  • Debt settlement/dispute strategy
  • Savings strategy
  • Retirement income strategy
  • Additional resources
 

How do I get started?
Call 253-527-3883 or click here to set an appointment for Financial Counseling Today!

Connect in a virtual lobby (Zoom) during these hours:

  • M 3-5

Workforce Education

Clover Park Technical College offers a wide variety of credit and non-credit classes through the Workforce Education program.

The program was formerly known as Community Education because you don't have to be a regular student at CPTC to take Workforce Education classes!

Classes are offered in various technical areas and are frequently changed based upon local industry and employment needs. The majority of the classes are offered on a part-time basis, scheduled in the evening or on weekends.

Workforce Education offers:

  • Short Online Courses (24-72 hours)
  • Online Career Training Programs (6-12 months)
  • Flagger
  • Forklift
  • Phlebotomy
  • Customized training program
 

How do I get started?
Visit the Workforce Education page for additional details.

Connect with Petra Perkins at Petra.Perkins@cptc.edu or via Zoom (by appointment) to learn more and enroll today!

Connect in a virtual lobby (Zoom) by appointment:

Workforce Advising & Counseling

Every student needs support and guidance in making the best academic and personal choices while completing their education.  

The WFD Counselor can help you make informed decisions and can connect you to resources and opportunities across campus. 

Workforce Advising and Counseling helps with:

  • Program exploration
  • Course planning
  • Degree and general education requirements
  • Add/drop classes
  • Options if you are having academic difficulty
  • Academic policies and procedures
  • Brief personal counseling
  • Connecting to additional support staff
  • VIE 25 Point of Contact
 

How do I get started?
Email Jennifer Weinmann at jennifer.weinmann@cptc.edu to schedule an appointment today!

Connect in a virtual lobby (Zoom) during these hours:

  • M-Th: 2-4

Resource Navigation Assistance

Both on and off campus a resources are being developed constantly to address the needs of our community. We have staff available to help you find assistance that can help you meet your needs and reduce barriers.

We offer:

  • On-campus resources
  • Off-campus resources
  • Direct referrals to partner agencies
  • Assist with applying for food benefits through Washington Connection
 

 

Washington Connection

Washington Connection is a website providing information and resources for people that may qualify for benefits and services; such as food, cash, medical, childcare, long-term care, and healthcare. From this website, you can see if you qualify and apply for multiple benefits using their online application. If in case you do not qualify, Washington Connection does offer further information for additional services through community partners and resources.

How do I get started?
Email Hayley Saucedo at Hayley.Saucedo@cptc.edu today to get started.

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