Our Work

Started in 2007, SkillUp Washington is a funding collaborative that brings together public, private and philanthropic funders of adult workforce education and training to support the needs of low-income working adults and increase employer access to a qualified workforce. Our mission is to help establish training and educational pathways so low-skilled adults can earn a credential and move up the career ladder. Specifically, we work with employers to align workforce training with industry needs; invest in targeted and innovative programs that help low-income adults receive postsecondary credentials; and support programs that help workers get trained and advance in their fields.


Latest Research

  • Industrial Manufacturing Academy (IMA) Case Study

    This case study features the Industrial Manufacturing Academy (IMA), which is located on South Seattle College’s Georgetown campus, an institution that builds strong collaborations among employers, labor, union, community-based organizations and governmental institutions. The IMA program is a testament to the combined efforts of the Seattle College District and the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. Both organizations have worked diligently, in partnership with many others, to ensure that the King County region has access to a skilled manufacturing labor force. The economic health of this region depends on it.

    Download the entire IMA case study: IMA Case Study

    To request a hardcopy of the case study, please email Ashley Plaga @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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