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Student Success and Career Services

We are here to assist current students, graduates, and members of the community in making positive, self-aware life changes through professional and personal planning.

Unemployment
Get Approval.

You are required to get approval from the Employment Security Department if you are attending classes while collecting unemployment insurance benefits. Failure to get approval may result in your benefits being denied and a possible overpayment. Check out the information below to find out what the requirements are and to take the next step.

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Commissioner-approved training (CAT):

  • Allows you to collect your regular unemployment-insurance (UI) benefits while attending an approved full-time training program.
  • If approved for commissioner-approved training, you do not have to look for work.
  • Does not pay for books, tuition or school related fees.
  • Does not extend your unemployment insurance benefits.
Follow this link for more information.

Training Benefits program (TB)

  • Offers additional weeks of unemployment benefits so eligible claimants can train for careers in a high-demand field.
  • If approved for Training Benefits, you do not have to look for work as long as you are enrolled and making satisfactory progress in your training program.
  • Does not pay for books, tuition, or school-related fees.
  • You must meet deadlines to submit your Training Benefits application and enroll in training.
  • These deadlines start from the date you get the Unemployment Claims Kit in the mail. It tells you about Training Benefits and is mailed to you when you open your unemployment claim.
Follow this link for more information.

*Informational orientations about Commissioner Approved Training and Training Benefits are held once a week at the Spokane Community College campus. Please call (509) 533-7249 to sign-up.

Educational funding
Get Funding.

Funding is available specifically for students who are collecting unemployment or have exhausted their unemployment within the last 2 years. You will also find additional funding resources by following the “Paying for College” menu link.

The Worker Retraining grant can help to pay for one quarter of tuition and books for dislocated workers, displaced homemakers, formerly self-employed, or former active duty veterans. Follow this link to find out the eligibility requirements or call (509) 533-8056.

The Workforce Investment Act provides employment and training services designed to benefit employers, dislocated workers, and low-income youth.

For more information, Follow this link or call (509) 532-3156.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative or Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA/RTAA) programs assist workers who have become unemployed as a result of increased imports from, or shifts in production to, foreign countries. The goal of the Trade Act programs is to help trade-affected workers return to suitable employment as quickly as possible. TAA-certified workers may access services that include income support, relocation allowances, job-search allowances, and a health-coverage tax credit. TAA participants that require retraining in order to obtain suitable employment may receive occupational training if determined eligible.

Follow this link for more information or call WorkSource Spokane at (509) 532-3120.


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1810 N. Greene St.
Spokane, WA 99217-5399
For general information call:
509-533-7000 or
1-800-248-5644
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