SkillUp workforce training

While Greater Seattle is one of the fastest growing regions in the U.S., many residents remain left behind. Without the education and training to earn a living wage, or the opportunities to create and build assets, people cannot achieve stability and self-sufficiency. Training and support services are needed to prepare workers for middle wage jobs.

Small businesses are critically important to our region’s economy yet there are groups that have been historically underrepresented in the business world—women, people of color, refugees and new immigrants—often lack access to capital, networks and resources they need to establish and operate a thriving business. Support of organizations that provide capital and technical assistance to these groups will strengthen enterprises that provide jobs and services in our communities.

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We support programs that prepare people for living-wage, high-demand careers through programs at community and technical colleges along with navigation services for low-income adults pursuing post-secondary education. These efforts are bolstered by supporting partnerships between industry and educational institutions to help make training programs more accessible and affordable.

We support initiatives that help people use credit responsibly, offer financial counseling for debt reduction, help low-income individuals move toward home-ownership, and raise awareness about predatory lending.

Economic development and small business programs that are community-driven ensure that economic growth occurs in a manner that supports the community's needs.