Business -Technology


"This initiative represents an unprecedented achievement in cross-college collaboration"
-Susan Crane, SkillUp Washington Executive Director

Business Services -Technology

The Business and Technical Careers program (B-TECH), led by South Seattle Community College, is a ground-breaking planning and development effort which will standardize and provide access to business technology education for low-income students throughout the King County community college system. This ambitious effort aims to develop a system changing set of processes designed to reinvent the way traditional community and technical colleges offer and deliver programs.The combination of hybrid and online delivery as well as weekend and evening programs will help existing employees and job seekers advance to higher paying jobs.

The first cohort of students enrolled in fall, 2011. Cohorts receive an Attainment Fund allocation for eligible students, giving SkillUp the ability to learn how the fund can be coordinated across multiple colleges to support and enhance this new program.

Other key partners include North Seattle Community College and Central Community College. Seattle Jobs Initiative is an integral part of our employer engagement efforts.

Program Coordinator: Chris Pierson, (206) 388-1653

     Operating Systems

SkillUp has partnered with Bellevue College to help low-skilled adults land careers providing technical support for computer hardward and Microsoft networks. The Operating Systems Support Specialist certificate leads to an AA degree. With the help of a career navigator, students are placed in internships that often lead to full-time jobs.

     Employer Partners (past and current)

  • City of Seattle
  • Lake Washington School District
  • YMCA
  • YWCA
  • Bellevue College
  • Boeing
  • Volt
  • University of Washington
  • T-Mobile
  • Nintendo
  • Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • Interconnections
  • Wilderness CASH
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation
  • TechSystems



Latest Research

  • Hospital Frontline Worker Green Training Project

    Great things happen when frontline workers become a more integrated part of hospital care teams and work hand in hand with labor-management to design “green” projects and take a lead in the their implementation. 

    The Seattle-based Frontline Workers Green Training Projects is a SkillUp funded case study surrounding labor/management partners engaging frontline workers to lead hospital environmental sustainability efforts, supporting: people (patients, workers, the community)the planet (the environment); and profits (costs).

    Download the report:  Frontline Workers Green Training Project.pdf