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About SkillUp Washington

SkillUp Washington connects low-income individuals with living-wage jobs in high-demand fields in Washington state. Since 2007, SkillUp Washington has partnered with employers, community colleges, government, and community organizations in Washington state to establish workforce opportunities for thousands of low-income individuals.  We have strong employer, labor and college partnerships in place, and a proven equity agenda that prioritizes system change investments which increase the representation of low-income and underrepresented persons in training programs and high demand jobs.

Our work is grounded in “Tipping Point” research showing the impact that least one year’s worth of college credits has on low-income and low-skilled adults’ ability to access good jobs and careers. This research helped catalyze initial high-profile state and regional initiatives such as the College for Working Adults, Attainment Fund, Skill Link and Washington Green Ways. Our national connections to learning and funding networks like the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, the Aspen Institute and Jobs for the Future also inform our current community and industry partnership-building investments.

  • Partner with employers, job seekers and workers to help individuals and business thrive.
  • Connect businesses, colleges, community organizations and training programs to share best practices and build partnerships.
  • Invest in post-secondary education, training or work placement programs that help low-income adults;
  • Advocate for policy changes to improve outcomes for low-income adults.
  • Share research and best practices to shape and progress pathways to high-demand, family-wage jobs.

SkillUp does not directly provide workforce training or place participants in jobs.  Click here for several partner workforce resources and training programs, each providing skilled training in Washington’s high-demand career fields.

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Mission: Public and private organizations drive practices, policies and investments to improve post-secondary pathways that prepare and place low-income adults in good jobs.Vision: Post-secondary and workforce systems collaborate so that low-income King County residents, ages 18 years and up, complete education necessary to obtain career pathway jobs in high demand sectors, and so employers have a steady pipeline of locally trained skilled workers that meet their business needs.

Seattle Foundation: Founded in 1946, The Seattle Foundation, working side by side with donors, strives to make the greater Seattle community a vital and healthy place to live, driving positive change on a range of local issues. Through the support and vision of The Seattle Foundation, SkillUp Washington was formed and organized in 2007.