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

  • 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