DRS Retirement Planning Seminars

If you are a member of WA State Retirement Systems (PERS, TRS) and within five years of retirement, review the seminar information and register online! Any seminars that are held at Lower Columbia College will be listed on the Public Web Calendar under the Special Events filter.

Health & Dental Insurance

The Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) provides medical and dental plans which are administered by the Health Care Authority. Check out the medical and dental resources below:

Life Insurance

Lower Columbia College provides $25,000 Basic Life Insurance for an active employee who dies from any cause and $5,000 Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment at no cost to each employee eligible for benefits.

Additional supplemental life insurance is available with premiums paid by you. You may choose varying amounts to cover you and your dependents.

Long Term Disability Insurance

Basic long-term disability is provided at no cost to you. Additional coverage, to insure 60 percent of your salary, is available. Premiums are paid by you. This coverage pays replacement income if you are disabled and cannot work.

Retirement

Department of Retirement Systems (DRS)

The Public Employee's Retirement System (PERS) administered by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems is a mandatory retirement plan for all non-academic college employees. Participation begins immediately upon employment.

TIAA-CREF

The State Board Retirement Plan is administered by the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA) and the College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF) for academic and exempt college employees. Participation begins immediately upon employment.

Supplemental Retirement Plans

Deferred Compensation through DRS and the Voluntary Investment Plan through the State Board are supplemental retirement plans that offer you another opportunity to contribute to your retirement. These plans can be started, stopped, or changed at any time and are separate from the mandatory retirement plans above. Contact Human Resources for forms and additional information.

Other Benefits

Benefit eligible employees have additional benefits available to them:

Worker's Compensation

All employees contribute to the medical portion of Worker Compensation Benefits. In addition, Lower Columbia College contributes its share of the cost to the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. Any employee injured on the job may receive medical and time loss benefits as defined by the worker's compensation laws. All injuries must be reported to your supervisor. Worker injury claims are administered by Personnel Services.

Unemployment Compensation

Staff employees are eligible to receive unemployment compensation benefits in accordance with State and Federal law. Direct inquiries regarding eligibility to the local WorkSource Center.

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