Workforce Education


The Workforce Education Office can help if you are looking for career training and need financial assistance. Workforce Education may also assist you as a student enrolled in English as Second Language (ESL) classes or if you are completing your GED or high school diploma.

Workforce Education’s various tuition assistance programs are designed to help you access the education you need to achieve your personal and professional goals. If you qualify, you may receive funding for tuition and fees. You may also be eligible for help with textbooks, required supplies, a student ID card,  a parking permit or ORCA transit pass.

Workforce Education staff are committed to helping you obtain the assistance you need to succeed in your training.

Take the Start Next Quarter survey to find out if you pre-qualify for funding. 
Note: If your spouse is receiving unemployment insurance and you are unemployed you may be eligible for funding. Please call Cindy Donohue at (206) 934-6063 for more information.  Do not complete the Start Next Quarter survey if this applies to you.

Get started in 4 steps: take the survey, attend an educational planning workshop, meet with an advisor, and attend classes. Click on the steps below for details.

Step 1: Find Out If You Pre-Qualify

Take the 10-minute Start Next Quarter survey to find out if you pre-qualify for funding.  If you pre-qualify, you will be prompted to sign-up for an Educational Planning Workshop to get enrolled (see Step 2).

Or call the Workforce Education Office at (206) 934-3787 if you’d rather take the survey over the phone. Those in ESL classes should call (206) 934-3787 to schedule a one-on-one appointment. 

Step 2: Attend an Educational Planning Workshop

Apply for the Workforce Education programs by attending an Educational Planning Workshop.

Workshops are designed to give you all the information you’ll need to obtain funding and get started in school. At the workshop, you’ll learn about the available funding programs, find out what you qualify for and submit your application. A staff member will meet with you one-on-one during the workshop to review your application.

You will also learn about:

    • What career training programs are offered
    • How to prepare for the COMPASS placement test
    • How to apply for federal financial aid (FAFSA)
    • How to keep your unemployment benefits while in training

      Step 3: Make a Plan, Register and Get Tuition Paid

      Meet with your program specialist to select classes and register for your first quarter.  Your tuition assistance will be applied once this step is completed.

      During your first quarter, you will meet with an academic advisor to make a plan for the rest of your training program.

      Step 4: Attend Your Training Program

      Go to classes and start preparing for your new career!

      Workforce Education Contacts

      Telephone: (206) 934-3787
      Fax: (206) 934-0175


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      Department Office: 
      Opportunity Center for Employment & Education, Room 240

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      Mailing Address:
      Workforce Education
      North Seattle College
      9600 College Way North
      Seattle, WA 98103-3599


      OC0240A (OCEE Building, on the second floor.)
      OCEE Building, on the second floor.

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