News & Events

Welcome to the News and Events section. Track information about SkillUp Washington, its partners and programs, and what's happening locally and nationally in workforce training and development.

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Big Headline

Crosscut: Businesses have a promising model to follow in implementing $15 wage (June 10, 2014)

The Daily:  Redefining Home (December 2012) Seattle Education Access

National Skills Coalition: Pathways to Employment in America's Cities  (Building Pathways to Employment in America’s Cities through Integrated Workforce and Community Development Report, October 17, 2012)

New York Times: Federal Funds to Train the Jobless Are Drying Up (Marlena Sessions, WDC Seattle- King County, April 9, 2012)

Washington State Governor Declares April Registered Apprenticeship Awareness Month
. Apprenticeship_Proclamation.pdf .  (April 5, 2012)

Some employers want return of vo-ed training (Feb. 28, 2012)

Local workforce leader gets national award at U.S. Conference of Mayors (Jan. 24, 2012)

KUOW 94.9 FM
: Refugees In Puget Sound. (Jan. 18, 2012)

SuperHost Comes to Airport University: WOW! (Dec. 2011)

Huffington Post: Start Talking Skills, Not Just Jobs (Sept. 2011)

Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
: Talent Pipeline Study (2011)

Seattle Times: Wide gap in skills leaves many unemployed, many open jobs (2011)

Green Labor Journal: Building Green Jobs Training Programs- South Seattle Community College's Georgetown Campus partners with labor, industry and community partners to create dynamic green jobs training programs  (2011)

Shoreline Community College News: CNC Program is the answer for a couple seniors (2011)

National Fund for Workforce Solutions website: Establishing State-to-State Learning Communities: A West Coast Approach (2011)

Bellevue Reporter: Bellevue College awarded $145,000 SkillUp grant for student success

Philanthropy News Digest: SkillUp Washington Receives $1.8 Million from Gates Foundation (2010)


CNN: Community colleges step in to fill 'skills gap'  (2011)

National Fund for Workforce Solutions: National Organizations Announce Partnership to Help Employers Shape National Skills Strategy  (June 2011)

NBC News: American Worker Retools with New Skills (2011)


Highlighted Events

Latest Research

  • Economic Opportunity Center Feasibility Study

    The City of Seattle in cooperation with SkillUp Washington, Impact Capital and SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) examined the feasibility of integrating multicultural service delivery at a single location accessible along the light rail line. This project stemmed from the legislature’s interest in replicating the Opportunity Center for Employment and Education model located on the campus of North Seattle Community College. Examined here is the possibility of creating a similar Center in Southeast Seattle that could help people get an education, get a job, or grow a business, and the findings suggest that such an Economic Opportunity Center is needed in and desired by the community.

    Download the Executive Summary: EOC: Executive Summary

    Download the Full Report:EOC: Final Report


    To request a hardcopy of the Executive Summary or the full report, please email Ashley Plaga at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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