Program Description

The Worker Retraining Program provides training assistance to individuals who are receiving WA State Unemployment Insurance benefits or have lost their job due to economic changes and need to change careers in order to re-enter the workforce.
YVCC's Worker Retraining Program offers training in basic skills and literacy, occupational skills, and vocational education. The Career Connection Center offers a wide range of professional-technical programs within the Workforce Education Division that are available to Worker Retraining students.

Eligible Worker Retraining students may receive tuition assistance and/or funds to cover the cost of books for one quarter at Yakima Valley Community College.

Note: Funding for qualified Worker Retraining students is contingent upon availability of Worker Retraining funds.


 Are You Eligible for Worker Retraining?

Individuals receiving unemployment, dislocated workers, workers facing imminent layoffs , unemployed veterans or displaced homemakers may qualify for Worker Retraining funds. You must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Are receiving WA State Unemployment Benefits
  • Have exhausted your WA State Unemployment Benefits within the past 24 months
  • Have been determined to be a "Dislocated Worker" by WorkSource
  • Have been self-employed within the past 24 months, operating your own business, and are now unemployed due to economic downturn
  • Are an unemployed veteran who has been honorably discharged from the US armed services within the past 24 months
  • Are a "Displaced Homemaker" (worked primarily in the home for 10 or more years providing unsalaried household services for family members on a full time basis; were dependent on the income of another family member but are no longer supported by that income)

 To Apply:

Click on one of the links below to print the appropriate application

and call for an appointment:


Worker Retraining Financial Aid Application


 Displaced Homemaker Application


Worker Retraining Program Contact:

Tina Wilson
 Workforce Program Coordinator
Phone: 509-574-4743
Fax: 509-574-4967
Worker Retraining Financial Aid Contacts:
Violet Valdez
Financial Aid Special Funding Bilingual Program Assistant
Phone: 509-574-4977
Financial Aid Fax: 509-574-4740


Sharon Redifer

​Financial Aid Special Funding Coordinator

Phone: 509-574-4764
Financial Aid Fax: 509-574-4740