Dislocated Worker Program – Workforce Investment Act (Kittitas County only)

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Training and re-employment services for workers who have been laid off or for displaced homemakers.

The Dislocated Worker Program assists workers who are "dislocated" when they lose their job and are unlikely to return to their usual occupation or industry due to a plant closure, mass layoffs, foreign competition, or lack of demand for their skills. A worker can be "dislocated" if they are self-employed, but the economy or a natural disaster has put them out of work, such as farmers, ranchers, or people who fish for a living. A displaced homemaker who is either unemployed or working in a job that does not support the family may also be an eligible "dislocated worker".

There are many services available to dislocated workers, (although funding may be limited in some locations or at some times of the year). Services include job referrals, job search workshops (including internet job search training), skills assessment, free phones, fax, computers, and photocopiers to help in the job search, transportation assistance, job search childcare, relocation assistance, tools, uniforms and supplies required for the new job as well as tuition and other assistance to retrain in a new occupation.


  •  Recently lost a job through company downsizing or closure and are unlikely to return to their previous occupation or industry (or)
  •  Are about to be laid off due to a plant closure or mass layoff (or)
  •  Are formerly self-employed but now unemployed because of general economic conditions or natural disaster (or)
  •  Meet the definition of a displaced homemaker. Displaced homemakers are equally eligible for Dislocated Worker services if they have been dependent on the income of a family member but are no longer supported by that income and if they are experiencing difficulty obtaining or retaining employment.


How to apply: Contact your local WorkSource Center.

WorkSource Kittitas
309 East Mountain View
Ellensburg, WA 98926
FAX: 509-925-1004


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