Manufacturing is a crucial part of Washington state's economy.  SkillUp is helping provide employers with a pipeline of highly-skilled workers. Shoreline Community College's successful CNC machinist training program uses  a team of general education and vocational instructors to help low-income adults find family-sustaining careers in this growing industry. SkillUp supports a career navigator position at Shoreline to help students find internships and full-time work.

Employer Partners

  • Number of manufacturing companies in Washington state: Nearly 7,000
  • Number of people employed in manufacturing: more than 259,000
  • Revenues generated: more than $123 Billion
  • Key manufacturing sectors: aerospace, medical devices, food processing equipment, industrial machinery

Source: Washington State Department of Commerce


Shoreline CC career navigator Michelene Felker on employer engagement



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