Already cleared for school last semester. Do I tell them about this upcoming semester?
I started collecting unemployment in California about a year ago and signed up for a fall 2010 semester at a community college. It was full time and all evening/ online classes so it was not an issue. Then I signed up for classes again in the spring 2011 semester and reported again as "beginning school or training." When I was called for the interview, the interviewer was confused because she said I had already been cleared for school. I explained to her that I thought I was only cleared for the last semester, she preceded to ask me what time and type the classes were and if I would drop a class if I was offered work.
So she really confused me and didn't clear it up for me. Am I already cleared for school this upcoming fall 2011 semester? Or do I check the beginning school/training box again for the new semester?
I had no idea that unemployment only cleared you for a semester at a time. Personally, I don't think I would have raised the issue again if I had been cleared once.
The important question in California is if you will still be looking for a job while in school and if one is offered to you .. whether you will then be willing to put a suitable job above continuing to go to school, whether that means rearranging your school schedule, dropping a class, or quitting school entirely if it happens to interfere with your ability to accept suitable work.
So, I suppose the EDD interviewer was confused as I am, because I doubt many would be so honest as to throw another flag on their claim which prompts another phone interview about being available for a job.