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Classes for immigrants

Bellevue Community College is offering free job-preparation and ESL classes for refugees and immigrants living in Bellevue. These classes are funded by the city of Bellevue and begin every quarter in January, April, June and September.

Job-preparation classes are free to nonnative English speakers who are immigrants, refugees or citizens living in Bellevue. Classes offered are: basic computer skills, preparing for work and on-the-job communications. All applicants will be assessed and placed depending on availability and level of ESL literacy.

Registration will be 5:30 p.m. Jan. 6 in Room R-101. For more information, call 425-564-2341, come to Room R-230 at Bellevue Community College or visit

Job-search assistance

Job development/placement

Asian Counseling and Referral Service Vocational Program offers free training for eligible Seattle residents. Orientation is 3 p.m. Tuesdays at 3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., Seattle. Info: 206-695-7569.

North Creek Presbyterian Church Employment Network

10 a.m.-noon Fridays, 621 164th St. S.E., Mill Creek. Assistance in organizing job search, networking strategies, résumé construction and review, interviewing techniques, reference management. Group discussions and sharing. All are welcome. Info: 425-743-2386.

Westminster Chapel /

Overlake Christian Church

Job Support Program

7 p.m. Thursdays at Westminster Chapel; 13646 N.E. 24th St., Bellevue. Assistance with résumés, interviewing skills, job sourcing, networking. Info: 425-562-8028.

For older job seekers

Age 40-plus job-search workshop / AARP Foundation WorkSearch

Free employment service and tuition-paid classes for workers 40 or older. Info: 206-624-6698 or

Community-college offerings

Colleges offer free sessions for the unemployed and displaced homemakers. Some options:

Seattle Central CC

2 p.m. Thursdays, 1701 Broadway, Room 4180. Info:

South Seattle CC

1 p.m. Thursdays, Robert Smith Building, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Room 81. Info:

North Seattle CC

2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, College Center Building, 9600 College Way N., Room 3449. Info:

Shoreline CC

2-3 p.m. Wednesdays, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., Room 2920. Info:

Edmonds Community College

Appointments available, 20000 68th Ave. W., Room 130, Mountlake Terrace Hall, Lynnwood. Info:

Cascadia CC

1 p.m. Wednesdays, 18345 Campus Way N.E., Cascadia Building, Room 161, Bothell. Info:

Lake Washington

Technical College

2 p.m. Tuesdays, 11605 132nd Ave. N.E., Room W-204F, West Building, Kirkland. Info:

Bellevue Community College worker-retraining orientation

Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue. Room L213. Free tuition. Info: 425-564-4054, TTY: 425-564-4087;

Renton Technical College

For individual information and counseling sessions, call 425-235-5840 for appointment. Roberts Campus Center, 3000 N.E. Fourth St. Info:

Highline CC

1 p.m. Tuesdays, 2400 S. 240th St., Room 214, Building 6, Des Moines. Info:

Employment assistance

Tuition support

Shoreline Community College offers the Food Stamp Employment & Training (FSET) Program, providing free tuition and services to students who are food-stamp-assistance recipients (but not receiving WorkFirst cash). Info:

Job-development assistance

Neurology Vocational Services Unit, helping people with neurological disabilities find and keep employment. Open enrollment 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at 401 Broadway, Room 2088, Seattle.

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