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

  • 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