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

  • 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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