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

  • Industrial Manufacturing Academy (IMA) Case Study

    This case study features the Industrial Manufacturing Academy (IMA), which is located on South Seattle College’s Georgetown campus, an institution that builds strong collaborations among employers, labor, union, community-based organizations and governmental institutions. The IMA program is a testament to the combined efforts of the Seattle College District and the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. Both organizations have worked diligently, in partnership with many others, to ensure that the King County region has access to a skilled manufacturing labor force. The economic health of this region depends on it.

    Download the entire IMA case study: IMA Case Study

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