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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.

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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, 360-709-4625.



Workforce Board seeks public comment on proposed WAC changes--NEW!

The 2014 Legislature passed a new law, House Bill 2228, revising the Private Vocational Schools Act. The Workforce Board, in turn, drafted revisions to its administrative rules (WAC 490-105) to reflect the new law. We also used this opportunity to simplify some of the regulations to make them clearer and easier to understand.

For a summary of the law and  proposed revisions:
View a summary of proposed changes (PDF)

For a "red line" version that completely details changes:

View the complete proposed changes (PDF)

Public Hearing: November 4, 2015

The Workforce Board will conduct a public hearing "webinar" on Wednesday, Nov. 4 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. You can participate remotely or in person. The Workforce Board is located at 128 10th Ave. S.W., 6th floor, Olympia, WA 98504. If you would like to participate in the webinar, contact Darlene Bartlett or call the Workforce Board at (360) 709-4600.

Deadline to submit comments: November 6, 2015

To respond via email: PUBLIC-COMMENT@WTB.WA.GOV

More details about draft revisions

Student complaint process covers more students

Several revisions center on HB 2228 which passed in 2014 and goes into effect in January 2016. The new law allows a student whose tuition is paid by a public agency or business to file a complaint. The bill also allows the Workforce Board to issue a refund of tuition and fees to the sponsor from the Tuition Recovery Trust Fund should the school close or engage in an unfair business practice that harms a student.

Other changes more technical

In addition to revising the code to implement HB 2228, other revisions are proposed to clarify and revise definitions, improve language and correct technical errors or omissions.


Zenith Education Group Purchases Everest Campuses in Washington

Six Everest campuses in Washington have been acquired by Zenith Education Group, a newly created nonprofit provider of career-focused training. The campuses are located in Tacoma, Renton, Vancouver, Bremerton, Everett and Seattle. It's part of a larger deal that involves more than 50 Everest and WyoTech campuses, formerly operated by Corinthian Colleges, Inc. More: U.S. Department of Education website.

Debt relief--Find out if you qualify--NEW!

Did you take out a private student loan through Corinthian? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers $480 million in loan forgiveness.

Frequently asked questions about Corinthian/Everest.



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


Training Providers Can Apply for Veterans Certificate -NEW
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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