Education for parents receiving Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF)
"A job, a better job, a better life."
You must be:
- A parent of a child 18 years or younger, pregnant, or other qualifying family member.
- Currently receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), cash assistance from DSHS.
- Approved for education or training and referred by your DSHS WorkFirst Program Specialist (case manager).
Educational programs available
- Improve fundamental skills for work-related purposes
- Strengthen math & English skills
- High school equivalency/GED
- Adult high school completion
- Career exploration
Job skills training
- Prep classes for professional-technical certificates
- Upgrade job skills
- Computer training
- Nursing Assistant (selective entry)
Vocational education (certificates)
- Accounting & finance
- Business administration
- Computer information systems
- Criminal justice
- Early childhood education
- Hospitality tourism
- Massage practitioner (selective entry)
- Medical assisting (selective entry)
- Office administration
- Patient care navigation & coordination
WorkFirst only covers prep classes for degrees listed below. These programs are selective entry.
- Physical therapist assistant
- Visual communications
- Contact your DSHS WorkFirst Program Specialist (case manager) to ask if you are eligible to be referred to WCC's WorkFirst program.
- Develop a plan with your case manager.
- Contact the WorkFirst staff at Whatcom.