SkillUp Washington 

Help support this innovative skill-development and training program for low-income working adults.

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Started in 2007, SkillUp Washington supports employers and working families in the Seattle-King County area by: 1) investing in targeted and innovative programs that help low-income adults receive postsecondary credentials; 2) working with employers to align workforce training with industry needs; and 3) supporting programs that help workers get trained and advance in their fields. SkillUp works in the following sectors: healthcare, manufacturing, business services, energy efficiency and transportation/logistics.
College for Working Adults
The College for Working Adults (CWA) Initiative designs and tests programs that help low-income working adults move rapidly and successfully to a postsecondary credential in the healthcare, manufacturing, business services and technology sectors. CWA marks an unprecedented collaboration between the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, local government and employers. It includes access to our Postsecondary Attainment Fund: a flexible emergency fund for low-income students.

Skill Link
Skill Link is a new on ramp initiative that will create opportunities for 200-250 young adults ages 18-24. Participants will improve their work readiness and education skills and enroll in credit-bearing college programs through partnerships between community colleges, workforce investment boards, and community-based organizations in six pilot sites around Washington state.

Energy Efficiency
Northwest Energy Efficiency Workforce Opportunity Project (NEW OP) builds upon and improves training opportunities in energy efficiency, and creating a forum for robust discussion and action in the emerging industry of commercial and residential weatherization.

SkillUp will lead a committee that will explore healthcare apprenticeship training in high-demand healthcare occupations, with the long-term goal of developing a statewide plan for healthcare apprenticeship. Planning committee members include the Washington State Apprenticeship & Training Council, SEIU 775 Healthcare Northwest Training Partnership, the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, the federal representative for apprenticeship for our region and other healthcare industry representatives.

SEIU 775 Healthcare Northwest Training Partnership program creates and implements 1-year training apprenticeship program to help home health aides obtain state certification and raise the quality and composition for homecare workers.

SEIU1199 Multi-Employer Training Fund will help incumbent hospital workers move into high-demand, higher-paying healthcare careers.

Transportation and Logistics
Transportation and Logistics Initiative provides increased career advancement opportunities for airport and seaport incumbent workers and job seekers. Employer partners include the Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines, HMS Host and others.
  • Make a contribution: If you are interested in supporting SkillUp Washington, give online or call (206) 622-2294.
  • Join a Committee: We are currently recruiting for participants on the Economy Advisory Committee. For more information, contact Michael Brown at m.brown [at] or (206) 622-2294.
  • Learn more: Visit to learn more about the College for Working Adults and other SkillUp Washington initiatives.