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Three ways to train for a new career while receiving unemployment benefits


Would you like to train for a new career, or maybe run your own business?

If you qualify, you can attend approved training while collecting unemployment benefits. Also, you may not have to look for work while you’re in school.

We offer three training programs, each with different qualifying rules.

You must keep looking for work, be able to work and be available for work until we approve you for a training program.

For more information about each of the three programs, click on the links below:

Training Benefits
If we approve you for this program, we will extend your unemployment benefits for additional weeks while you are in an approved training course. You do not have to look for work while in training.  You must pay for your own books, tuition, and school-related fees. To learn more about training benefits, watch this informational video.

Commissioner-Approved Training (CAT)
If we approve you for this program, you can collect regular unemployment benefits while attending an approved training program. You do not have to look for work while in training. CAT does not provide additional weeks of unemployment benefits.

Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEAP)
If we approve you for this program, you can train to run your own business while you collect unemployment benefits. You do not have to look for work while in training. SEAP does not provide additional weeks of unemployment benefits. 

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