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Private Career Schools

The Workforce Board licenses and regulates around 325 private career schools doing business in the state of Washington. The agency also investigates student complaints and administers a fund that reimburses students affected by a school closure.

Information for Students

Looking for a School?
Before you choose a private career school, check to be sure it's licensed with the state. View our current list of licensed schools.

Complaints Against a School

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Contact our Consumer Protection Unit for more information, 360-709-4600.



Everest Campuses Closing-- Estimated 300 Students Impacted--NEWS

The Everest College Bremerton, Seattle, Renton, and Vancouver campuses are closing. Zenith Education Group announced that students at these campuses will have the opportunity to attend other campuses, including Everest College Everett and Tacoma, as well as the Everest Institute Tigard campus in Oregon. Students will be able to complete their training at these consolidated campuses. Approximately 300 students are affected, according to Zenith, which acquired the campuses earlier this year from the now defunct Corinthian Colleges, Inc.

Students have two options:

Option 1: Students can transfer to one of the open schools to continue their training (depending on their program and schedule).

Option 2: Students can withdraw from school and receive a refund for all tuition and other fees they paid.

Seven-day deadline to decide: Students have seven days after they meet one-on-one with Everest Campus staff to decide between these two options.

Individual advising meetings. Everest staff are meeting one-on-one with students to discuss options. There is a possibility that students will receive subsidized transportation to help complete their training. More questions? Call Everest's Student Hotline below.


Student hotline for Everest closures

Is your campus closing? Call for more info: 1-800-874-0255


Get more info from Everest about these four campuses:


Veterans Programs
The Workforce Board approves programs offered at public and private educational institutions in Washington for veterans and those eligible for GI Bill education benefits.

Only approved programs can receive educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Find out more about how we oversee veterans education programs.

CDL School Waivers for Veterans

Event for School Certifying Officials: Veterans Affairs Compliance Surveys and Q&A in Central WA

The Workforce Board's VA staff members are hosting a workshop in Yakima for schools working with veterans. Staff will discuss and answer questions about compliance surveys (audits). Please RSVP as participation is limited to 50 attendees.

Date: Monday, November 16, 2015

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Where: Perry Technical Institute, Yakima, WA

RSVP: Russell Sonmore (360) 709-4626


Training Providers Can Apply for Veterans Certificate
The Washington Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a campaign to encourage education and training institutions, including private career schools, to apply for a certificate that shows they're veteran friendly. More: http://www.dva.wa.gov/benefits/partners-veteran-supportive-campuses




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