WorkFirst for College Students


Education for parents receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

"A job, a better job, a better life."

WorkFirst Eligibility

You Must Be:

Educational Programs Available

Basic Education

Improve fundamental skills for work-related purposes        Strengthen math & English skills
High school equivalency/GED® Career exploration

Job Skills Training

Prep classes for professional/technical certificates               Upgrade job skills
Computer training Nursing Assistant (selective entry)


Vocational Education (Certificates)

Accounting and Finance             
Massage Practitioner(selective entry)       Criminal Justice
Business Administration Medical Assisting(selective entry) Office Administration
Hospitality & Tourism Computer Information Systems Early Childhood Education

WorkFirst only covers prep classes for degrees (listed below). These programs are selective entry.

Physical Therapist Assistant       
Visual Communications                        Nursing


Next Steps

  1. Contact your DSHS WorkFirst Program Specialist (case manager) to ask if you are eligible to be referred to the Whatcom Community College WorkFirst program.
  2. Develop a plan with your case manager.
  3. Contact the WorkFirst staff at WCC.

WorkFirst at Whatcom Community College:

Whatcom Community College         Megan Dougherty, Ed Planner/Student Support Coordinator
Laidlaw 131  
360.383.3180 Monique Stefens, Educational Planner