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State-Wide Eligibility – All employees of businesses registered with the State of Washington or state or local government agencies are eligible to establish accounts.

Voluntary Participation – Both employers and employees choose to participate. 

Portability – Accounts stay with the individual regardless of the person’s current employer or employment status.

Informed Choice – Participants choose the education and training they need to meet their career goals based on the Career Development Plan they create with online or career advisor assistance. 

An Employer Match – LiLAs are funded through employee contributions which are matched by the employer. Additional contributions from third parties such as private foundations or public sector funding will help accounts grow.

Options for Use of Funds – Once sufficient funds have been accumulated, participants can use their accounts to cover costs for a wide range of education and training opportunities. Eligible expenses include tuition and fees, supplies, equipment, materials and books for career-related educational activities which have been defined in the employee’s Career Development Plan.  Activities are not limited to studies related to the employee’s current job or industry.




Currently, this program is only available in Thurston, Grays Harbor, Mason, Lewis, and Pacific Counties, consistent with the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Area

LiLA Program Guidelines







Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board

Office of the Governor

Association of Washington Business

Washington State Labor Council

Pacific MountainWorkforce Development Council

State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

Higher Education Coordinating Board

Department of Commerce