Welcome to Workforce Education

You may be eligible for tuition funding and education & career planning!

Why Workforce Education (WE)?

Our programs help people get the skills they need through Bellevue College’s professional-technical programs to enter or re-enter the workforce.

  • WE offers high-touch advising and college navigation.
  • WE programs provide “jump start” funding and assistance with applying for additional financial aid.
  • WE advisors coordinate with DSHS and Employment Security to support students with keeping their benefits while in training.

Funding Programs:

  • BFET (Basic Food Employment & Training) – for people receiving federal food assistance from DSHS
  • Opportunity Grant – for people with limited income and limited college credits
  • Worker Retraining – for people who are on unemployment insurance (UI) or exhausted UI; veterans discharged in the past 48 months; active duty military with separation orders; or displaced homemakers due to divorce or death of a spouse in the past 48 months
  • WorkFirst – for parents who are receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

Additional Services:

  • Benefits Hub. United Way’s Benefits Hub Coaches can provide information on:
    • savings and spending plans
    • financial aid and scholarship options
    • tax preparation basics and tax rights
    • emergency housing information
    • helping pay for groceries, bus fare, and utility bills
    • building and understanding credit
  • Hopelink services:
    • Food assistance – Bags of nonperishable food are available in our front lobby (B131).
    • Free Personal Finance Workshops and 1:1 Financial Coaching (call 425-564-4054 for schedule).
    • Energy assistance – Hopelink staff visit B131 to help qualifying individuals apply for energy assistance programs, LIHEAP and PSE HELP; more information about the programs and eligibility can be found on Hopelink’s website.
  • Workforce Education Homework Lab in B250, offering computers for student use and a quiet study environment


Interested in Workforce Education funding and services?

You can take a short survey at StartNextQuarter.org to see if you pre-qualify.  If you do, the first step to enrolling is to attend a Workforce Education information session.


Updated 1/13/2020