Frequently Asked Questions

What training opportunities are available?

  • WorkFirst ESL/ ABE / GED: ESL classes offered for beginners, intermediate and advance levels. GED preparatory classes and Adult Basic Education classes. TANF recipients receive assistance with books & tuition waiver.
  • I-BEST Office Assistant Certificate: 2 quarter cohort program for job training skills with ABE & ESL classes
  • WorkFirst TANF Tuition Assistance: Offers free books and tuition in approved professional-technical programs for qualified individuals. Go to WorkFirst TANF Tuition Assistance page for qualifications.

Who is eligible?

Parents receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

How do parents sign up?

WorkFirst ESL / ABE / GED / IBEST
Call (425) 564-4168, e-mail or stop by B131 to schedule an appointment.

WorkFirst TANF Tuition Assistance
If you are receiving cash assistance (TANF) from DSHS, ask your DSHS caseworker or social worker to send a referral to Bellevue College.  You can also get starting by attending an information session.

What testing is required before I can enter WorkFirst programs?

WorkFirst ESL / ABE / GED – CASA assessment – free

WorkFirst TANF Tuition Assistance – Math & English Placement Test

What services are available after I complete WorkFirst training?

All of our training and educational opportunities are designed to assist parents in gaining skills that will enable them to support their families. After training, we may assist with job search. We help students plan for future classes and programs that could help them with wage progression.

Is WorkFirst at Bellevue College part of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and/or the Employment Security Department?

No, but we partner with those agencies in order to provide training opportunities for parents on TANF.

Last Updated October 29, 2020