WorkFirst Program

About WorkFirst

The WorkFirst program is a referral based program that is partnered with DSHS, Employment Security, and Department of Commerce to assist parents receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) that want to further their education. Parents participate in Basic Education for Adults, High School Completion, and Professional-Technical degrees at Peninsula College.

We have two goals:

  • To help parents be successful students and,
  • meet participation requirements for DSHS.

 Here is how we may be able to help you:

  • Educational Planning
  • Dedicated Study Lab
  • Financial Assistance
  • Job Opportunities

WorkFirst Approved Programs:

Peninsula College offers Basic Education, Professional Technical Programs and Associates degrees in the following areas.

Part-Time (GE, BE, JT for 15 hours per week):

GED™, Basic Education for Adults, High School Completion, English as a Second Language, and Job Skills Training 

Full-Time Vocational Educational (VE) Programs:                       

Business & Office                                                                        

  • Administrative Office Systems                                                                                                
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Applications Technology

Computers & Technology

  • Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics
  • Information Technology
  • Multimedia Communications


  • Early Childhood Education


  • Addiction Studies
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Medical Assistance
  • Nursing

Public Service

  • Homeland Security/Emergency Management
  • Criminal Justice


  • Advanced Manufacturing-Composites Technology
  • Automotive Technician
  • Green Building
  • Welding
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Quality Control


  • Food Service Management
  • Commercial Driver's License

WorkFirst Study Lab

Dedicated WorkFirst staff are here to help assist you in furthering your education. We have a Study Lab located in V-3 that has multiple computers with the latest technology based programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Word, Excel plus much more. The study lab also has tables and area for group study sessions. They can help with things like homework completion, job search, resumes, and financial aid applications.

Study Lab Hours:

Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters:

Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Summer Quarter:

Monday - Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Not sure if you're eligible? Follow the link below to see what program(s) you may be eligible for!

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact:

WorkFirst/BFET Front Desk
(360) 417-6296

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