How do I get Started?
Bellingham Technical College is here to help you with your worker retraining. Sign-up for one our virtual information sessions. Plan for your future now. We understand that this is a stressful time and we have dedicated knowledgeable people to help you navigate selecting and enrolling in our programs.
Steps to Enrolling at BTC
Enroll in Worker Retraining
- Start-up or bridge funding to get you enrolled and started in your academic program or may provide financial support during a time when other resources are not available. Recipients may receive funds to cover tuition and books (may not cover 100%) during your first quarter at BTC. Additional program book costs may be covered contingent on WRT funding levels
- Assistance coordinating with other agency programs and funding sources to help you pay for the rest of your program, including
- Maintaining unemployment benefits while attending college
- Applying for federal financial aid
- Coordinating with other workforce funding and support program
- Connecting with additional resources and benefits; and
- Reemployment assistance upon completion of your academic program
- Were laid off or have received a layoff notice (Notice of Separation from Alcoa is a qualifier for enrollment)
- Receive or are eligible for unemployment benefits
- Have exhausted unemployment benefits within the last four years
- Were self-employed but closed a business due to economic conditions
- Have been discharged from the Armed Forces within the last four years
- Active duty received separation papers from the military.
The Worker Retraining program is designed to help unemployed or displaced workers update their skills or learn new, in-demand skills that lead to good jobs. If you’re eligible, you may also qualify for short term financial support through this state-funded grant.
Worker Retraining may provide:
If you are facing layoff and have not opened our UI claim, please contact the Worker Retraining Coordinator in advance to registering at BTC for important information: email@example.com.
To qualify, individuals must meet one or more of the following criteria:
To qualify as a displaced homemaker, individuals must meet the following criteria:
Individual who has been providing unpaid services to a family member(s) in the home has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; and is unemployed or underemployed, and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
How to Apply
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by call 360-752-8492
Virtual Information Sessions.
Sign up for an Alcoa information session here
We are here to help you with your next steps and BTC wants to help you succeed!