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Workforce Education

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Workforce Education administers programs that provide free or reduced tuition to students who qualify. A number of our programs also assist with books, fees, and, in some cases, educational supplies.

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Are you 50 years of age or older?

You may qualify for Workforce Education funding. Find out by calling Marsha Medgard (253-288-2298) or take a brief survey at Go 2 College Free.

How it Works

We meet with you. We talk about your goals. We look at all the options. Then, if you qualify for funding, we give you step-by-step instructions on how to receive free or reduced tuition and start down the path toward more training and a great job.

It all takes place in four easy steps:

STEP 1: See if you qualify

Give us fifteen minutes in person or on the phone, and we can usually give you a good idea what type of funding you qualify for, if any. We have programs for recently laid off workers, low income adults, adults receiving unemployment benefits, parents receiving TANF, food-stamp recipients, and others. While it's always best to talk to us in person, you can take a sneak peek on ways to qualify by visiting the Do I Qualify? link on this page.

STEP 2: Make a Plan

If you qualify for funding, we'll work with you to develop an educational plan that fits your career goals as well as the guidelines for funding. While each of our funding sources has different requirements, it all supports students pursuing credits in one of the college's professional and technical programs. (You can, however, later apply any corresponding credits toward your Associates degree, if you choose to pursue that goal.) See our list of career and technical education programs.

STEP 3: Apply and Register

With a plan in place, we guide you through the process of applying to the college and registering for classes. In some cases, we'll also give you advice on how to apply for federal financial aid which would also help you pay for school.

STEP 4: Accept your award

Once you've qualified, applied, and registered for classes, we place a hold on your tuition while the college's financial aid office prepares your award. In some cases, we also provide you with a way to purchase your books and/or supplies. Within a couple of weeks, you will be contacted by the financial aid office and asked to sign a letter accepting the free or reduced tuition and any other support you've been awarded.

That's it! We try to make it as simple as possible, and we’re looking to help as many students as we can.

 

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Contact Us

To learn more, call us at (253) 833-9111 ext. 2211 or e-mail workforce@greenriver.edu. We offer weekly orientation classes for all of our programs, and we're eager to help you get the training you need to land a job you love.