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Workforce Education is providing services remotely.

  • Prospective students:

  • Current WE students:

    • Workforce Education advisors are available by email and phone; click here for staff contact information.  To schedule a remote advising appointment (via phone, Microsoft Teams, or Zoom), please reach out to your advisor directly.
    • Winter 2020 item loans (laptops, calculators) have been extended through May 8th. If you currently have a loan item, check your BC email for updates.
    • Spring 2020 book accounts are anticipated to start opening on March 25th. The BC Bookstore is currently closed to the public and textbooks will be ordered online through the bookstore website (with free shipping within the US). Approved students will receive instructions via email for how to charge textbooks to a Workforce Education account.  PLEASE NOTE: Workforce Education cannot reimburse students who order online using a personal credit card; if you’re expecting textbook funding from Workforce Education, wait for notification that a WE credit account has been set up before ordering.

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