Welcome to Workforce Education

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

Find out if you might qualify by reviewing our Do I Qualify for Workforce Education flyer or taking a short survey at StartNextQuarter.org; then attend a virtual information session and begin our application process.  Not sure what you want to study?  Explore our approved programs.

Why Workforce Education (WE)?

Our programs help people get the skills they need through Bellevue College’s many programs of study 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 WA state residents 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:

  • Workforce Education students can also receive assistance with:
    • Navigating the financial aid application process
    • Financial coaching, including guidance on budgeting, building and repairing credit, and managing debt