Here are some frequently asked questions about Career Bridge and their answers. Have a question that's not on the list? Contact us and we'll be glad to help.
I'd like to know more about how to use Career Bridge. Are printed directions available?
Yes. You can download a step by step PDF that takes you through the site. A table of contents directs you to specific sections of Career Bridge and explains how to use them.
Why isn't the training program I'm interested in appearing in my search results?
Career Bridge does not include every training program in the state. We feature programs from all 34 of the state's community and technical colleges, most private career schools and a selection of four-year colleges and universities, as well as some apprenticeship programs. More programs are being added over time. If you cannot find a particular school, you can contact us for assistance.
I am looking for self employment or entreprenuerial education programs. How can I find them?
The best way to search for these is to click on "Find Education" and enter a single word or phrase in the green keyword box. Keywords and phrases to try: entrepreneur; self employment; business planning. Only enter one keyword or phrase at a time. To narrow your search results, use "More search options" to choose a geographic location, select "ETP only", or other options to limit the search results list. Still cannot find what you are looking for? Contact us for assistance.
I did a search but didn't find any programs. Why?
Try a different job title or a related title. You can also try the keyword search using variations on what you enter. For example, if you typed in nurse, try nursing. Note that some types of jobs may not have associated training or education programs included in Career Bridge.
I can't find "My Dashboard."
The dashboard to save your searches can be accessed after you sign in and register with Career Bridge. The sign in area is in the upper right hand corner.
Am I required to register with Career Bridge?
No. However, you will not be able to save your searches or your Career Quiz results unless you register.
How do I find my career quiz results?How can I target my searches by location, education type, what jobs pay and more?
Once you've taken the Career Quiz, you can always access the results by clicking "My Career Quiz" on the left hand navigation bar.
To get more specific results, click the "More Search Options" link below the search box. In the Find Education area the "More Search Options" provides a drop-down menu to search by county or zipcode. You can also choose online-only programs, ETP-only programs and programs that have performance results. You can also sort by education type, by specific school or college and by job title. In the View Job Trends area, the "More Search Options" link lets you search by job title and limit your search to careers that are in-demand. You can also specify a salary range for the careers you're interested in.
How do I save my searches?
First, you will need to sign in and register for Career Bridge.To do so, click the right hand corner of the home page. After you have registered, you will be able to log on to Career Bridge at any time and continue to build your personal dashboard by using the Save to My Dashboard button (see below).
How do I use the Save to My Dashboard button?What is the Eligible Training Provider (ETP) List?
Whether you are searching for education programs in Find Education or exploring career options in View Job Trends, you will be able to save your search results page by clicking the Save to My Dashboard button. This blue button sits above the search results you generate.Once you click this button, you will be prompted to name your search and save it. Once it's saved, you will be able to find it by clicking on My Dashboard in the upper right hand corner.
This list includes programs that have been approved to receive federal Workforce Investment Act funds. Programs on this list must meet specific employment, earnings and completion rate standards. Training providers can apply for ETP-eligibility
for their programs through Career Bridge. Learn more
How will I know if a program is on the Eligible Training Provider list (ETP-eligible)?
After you do a search for education and training programs by choosing a job title, training program, training provider or location, look to see if the "ETP" column is checked. It will be on the far right of your search results. ETP eligibility status also appears on the "Program Details" page. You can also limit your search to only Eligible Training Provider programs by checking the "ETP Only" checkbox when search for education programs.
How can I find out if I qualify for ETP-related funding?
Connect with the nearest WorkSource center, where you can meet with a counselor who can go over your options. Find out more about retraining funding.
I am looking for an Eligible Training Provider located outside Washington
Training programs on the Eligible Training Provider List in the state where they are located are considered ETP-eligible by Washington state. Look for another state's Eligible Training Provider List on the national Career One Stop site.
I am a training provider interested in applying for ETP eligibility. How do I apply?
Learn more about it on the training provider help pages.
The program I'm interested in is online. Can it be added to the ETP List?
Yes, if the program is offered by a training provider located in Washington. If the training provider is located outside of Washington, the program must be on the ETP List in the state where it is located. To check, go to careeronestop.org.
I'm interested in getting more education and training but don't know how to pay for it.
Career Bridge offers tips on funding your education. Career Bridge's Pay for School page provides information on a wide range of funding programs, from grants and scholarships, to loans and work study, to tax credits and military benefits you'll want to learn more about.
When will the performance results be updated?How are "in-demand" jobs defined?
We expect to update them toward the end of summer 2012 or early fall.
Five factors determine if an occupation is in-demand in Washington, according to the state's Employment Security Department. The biggest factor (40 percent) concerns an occupation's projected annual growth rate, both in the short-term and long-term, and the total number of job openings due to growth and replacement. Other factors: Unemployment insurance claims as compared to employment in that field; the percentage change in unemployment insurance claims in recent years, statewide job openings estimated from a job vacancy survey, and the amount of help-wanted advertising for particular careers.