WorkFirst for College Students
Education for parents receiving Temporary Assistance to 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®||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
- Contact your DSHS WorkFirst Program Specialist (case manager) to ask if you are eligible to be referred to the Whatcom Community College WorkFirst program.
- Develop a plan with your case manager.
- Contact the WorkFirst staff at WCC.
|Whatcom Community College||Megan Dougherty, Ed Planner/Student Support Coordinator|
|360.383.3180||Monique Stefens, Educational Planner|