Q: I am near the end of my unemployment benefits, including federal extensions and I am way past the cutoff for requesting approval for job training. I am still looking for a job while I am still eligible for benefits. If I don't get one by the time I reach the end of benefits, I am planning to go back to school. I would like to enroll in one or two courses now, rather than waiting. These classes, offered at the Placer School for Adults would be either online or night classes, and they would not interfere with looking for or accepting a job. However, they are not on the EDD list of approved job training providers. If I enroll before the end of my benefits, should I mark "yes" on the continued claim form where it asks about beginning any kind of school or training? If so, would I be approved to continue receiving benefits?
Thank you, Sally- Auburn, CA
A: The program you are referring to is the California Training Benefit (CTB) Program and is administered by the Employment Development Department. I would contact EDD at 1-800-300-5616 about your eligibility for the CTB program and if, by attending the Placer School for Adults, you can get an extension on your benefits.
EDD has a great Fact Sheet on the CTB program. Visit the EDD website; in the search box, key in California Training Benefit Program.