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Start Next Quarter

Start Next Quarter is a simple, online survey that can pre-qualify you for college funding. The short, anonymous survey lets you know if you qualify for Worker Retraining or Basic Food Employment & Training funds, or an Opportunity Grant.

Worker Retraining

The Worker Retraining program can help you with the training you need in a professional/technical program. Worker Retraining is a partnership between community and technical colleges and the Employment Security Department. It provides in-demand training to eligible members of Washington State’s workforce.


  • Are you drawing Unemployment Insurance now or in the last 48 months?
  • Are you going to be laid off from your job?
  • Veterans: Have you drawn Unemployment Insurance in the last 48 months?
  • Displaced Homemakers: Has your living situation changed in the last 48 months?
  • Self-Employed: Has your business ended in the last 48 months?
  • Stop Gap Employment: Have you taken a low-wage position after a prior layoff?
  • Active Duty Military: Do you have separation orders, but are not released?

Step-by-step assistance getting started in a new career

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be eligible! Support services include career advising, educational planning, resource referrals, job development and referrals and help with resumes.


Worker Retraining Financial Aid is an additional funding source that may cover startup tuition and books – after completing required financial aid processes. Other possible funding may be available for childcare, tools, and Training Completion Aid.

More Funding

Basic Food & Employment Training (BFET) and/or Opportunity Grants may be used in conjunction with Worker Retraining funds and financial aid to maximize financial resources.

Get Started

For more information about Worker Retraining, contact:
Joanie Meister
Kemp Hall, Room 120