Welcome to Workforce Education

You may be eligible for tuition funding, support services, and help with education and career planning!

Prospective Students:

Current WE Students:

  • Workforce Education advisors are available by email and phone. Look up staff contact information to reach your advisor directly, or schedule an appointment (virtual, phone, or in-person) by calling 425-564-4054.

Why Workforce Education (WE)?

We help people get in-demand skills through Bellevue College’s professional-technical programs to enter or return to the workforce.

  • WE offers personalized advising and college navigation.
  • WE programs provide “jump start” funding and help with applying for 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, and not receiving TANF
  • Opportunity Grant – for WA state residents with limited income and limited college credits
  • Worker Retraining – for people who are:
    • receiving unemployment insurance (UI), or have exhausted UI in the past 48 months and not returned to work;
    • veterans discharged in the past 48 months;
    • active duty military with separation orders;
    • displaced homemakers due to divorce or death of a family member in the past 48 months;
    • formerly self-employed but closed their business due to economic conditions in the community
  • WorkFirst – for parents receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) cash assistance from DSHS

Additional Services:

  • Item loan program: laptops, graphing calculators, and digital drawing tablets
  • Workforce Education Homework Lab in U211, open Mon–Fri 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Referrals to campus and community resources
Interested in Workforce Education funding and services?

Interested in Workforce Education funding and services?

Take a short survey at StartNextQuarter.org to see if you pre-qualify, and watch a recorded information session to learn more.

Workforce Education Information Session