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Workforce Training

Federal workforce funding is available for professional education

Displaced or disadvantaged workers may be eligible for financial assistance to attend UCSC Silicon Valley certificate programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

When you qualify through their local California Employment Development Department office, the funds may be applied toward the cost of course fees, required books, and materials for these certificate programs.

Out-of-pocket expenses, if any, are determined on a case-by-case basis by Extension. Students will be notified and responsible for additional costs. In most cases, funding will only cover the minimum number of required units to complete the program for which you are approved.

View WIOA Certificate Programs

Who is eligible for WIOA funding?

More than 175 of our students receive funding through the WIOA program. Although UCSC Extension cannot approve students for this funding, we work closely with several great agencies in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas. Please reach out to them for counseling and learn about the availability of funding.

Our workforce training partners

How to enroll in a UCSC Silicon Valley certificate program

FAQ Workforce training
  1. Research our approved programs. Most of our certificate programs can be completed in 9 to 12 months, but duration depends on your program selection, funding restrictions, and course availability.
  2. Contact your nearest agency and follow its application process.
  3. Once approved, email workforce@ucsc.edu. Questions? Feel free to look through our Frequently Asked Questions page for workforce students.
  4. A UCSC Silicon Valley Workforce representative will contact you to finalize your program schedule and review student responsibilities.
  5. Students are required to accept a recommended academic plan and program schedule prepared by UCSC Silicon Valley to complete the enrollment process. Students follow an approved program of study that culminates in completion of the certificate or specialization program that includes an academic plan of required courses followed by elective courses, and which adheres to WIOA funding restrictions and available scheduling.
  6. Submit an online enrollment form for each academic term using the Workforce Training Enrollment Form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment Deadlines

Term Start Date Enrollment forms due date
Fall September 1 August 1
Winter January 1 December 1
Spring April 1 March 1
Summer June 16 May 16

Equal Opportunity is the Law


Workforce Training Inquiry Form

Contact Us
Speak to a workforce representative.

Call (408) 450-4931

Envelope workforce@ucsc.edu