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Resources to Initiate Successful Employment

Who can we help?

  • You might qualify if you are receiving federal Basic Food Assistance (food stamps) from Washington's DSHS, and also:

    • are experiencing homlessness or couch sufing;
    • have been unemployed for the last year or longer;
    • owe back payments of child support;
    • have serviced in the US military; AND/OR
    • have limited English skills; and
    • NOT receiving TANF cash assistance

      (WorkFirst/TANF parents should seek assistance
      from Highline's WorkFirst program rather than BFET or RISE)

    • NOT receiving disability income (SSI, SSDI, HEN/ABD, General Assistance, etc.)

Services could include:

  • A Career coach to help with job search, job readiness, placement and beyond
  • a free six-week "Strategies for Success" class to develop job and school readiness; focusing on topics like resume development, interview skills, networking skills, and more
  • Support services like transportation, child care, financial counseling and more!
  • The potential for paid internships, on-the-job training and other work-based learning opportunities.
  • Assistance reducing back payments of child support

To find out more contact David Cornell
Workforce Education Services
Building 1

Frequently Asked Questions

What is RISE? RISE provides additional services to people who want to start a new career but who need some additional resources to get ready.

Do I have to be enrolled in classes to participate in RISE?  No.  In fact, RISE is intended to help people get ready for training or employment, so you shouldn’t be enrolled in classes when you start.  RISE is a great program if you are exploring your employment and training options.

What is Strategies for Success? Strategies for Success is a part RISE.  It is a 6-week, non-credit class designed to get you ready for your career.  The class runs from 12:45 to 3:45 Monday through Thursday (with Friday available as a make-up day), and is also available at different times at off-campus locations.  It’s a great class not only to build skills, but also to help you start getting familiar with campus before you start a training program.  Strategies for Success has rolling enrollment, so you can get started whenever is best for you.

RISE is a pilot program. What does that mean for me?  As a pilot program, the Department of Agriculture wants to evaluate if RISE services increase career outcomes for people who participate.  To measure this, participants have to agree to be part of a research study.  Half of those interested will be placed into RISE and the other half will receive existing services through the BFET program. Both groups will receive great services to meet their employment and training goals.

Do I have to participate in RISE to get WES funding?  No.  RISE is best for people who need some additional resources before they’re ready to start training.  If you’re ready to start your training program now, you should explore other WES funding options with your funding advisor.


Next Steps

Contact David Cornell to see if you're eligible for RISE.
Workforce Education Services
Building 1

You can also attend a WES Orientation for more information on all of our grant programs.

These are held once a month and are open to the public.
Visit the Getting Started page for detailed steps.

Office Hours Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 ( TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer