Archive for July, 2015

Opening Doors: Soft Skills

Opening Doors: Soft Skills

July 28, 2015

Have you ever heard this term before? Or have you just nodded along without understanding what it meant? You’re not alone! But really, you probably use soft skills every day; we just don’t always refer to them so formally. Did you chat with a colleague today, appear neat and professional in the office, or show up on time to work? Then you utilized your strong soft skills! “Soft skills” is the umbrella term for your interpersonal skills, communication ...

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Beyond the Headlines — Seattle’s Rising Housing Costs


The Impact of Seattle’s Rising Housing Costs on Low-Income Households

The cost of living in Seattle continues to surge. The Seattle Times recently reported that the median price of a single family home in King County reached $500,000: a 10.3% increase from last year.(1) Rents are soaring as well, experiencing the same rate of increase.(2) Given the current situation, SJI decided to further research the housing landscape to determine its impact on the low-income populations we serve.

In 2013, Seattle had ...

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New Research: Behavioral Economics & Workforce Development

New Research: Behavioral Economics & Workforce Development

July 22, 2015

What can new research from the fields of behavioral economics and psychology teach the workforce development system to improve our success serving those in poverty?

Plenty, it turns out, as revealed in new research from Seattle Jobs Initiative:

How Poverty and Cognitive Biases can Impact Decisions and Actions: Using Research from Behavioral Economics and Psychology to Improve Workforce Development Systems

To succeed in upgrading their skills and advancing in their employment, individuals served by the workforce development system may need ...

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NSC-Seattle Jobs Initiative Announce SNAP E&T Projects in Four States

NSC-Seattle Jobs Initiative Announce SNAP E&T Projects in Four States

July 9, 2015

By Brooke DeRenzis and David Kaz

National Skills Coalition and Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) have selected four states to receive technical assistance with their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) programs. Starting this month, we will work with teams in Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, and Oregon to help them advance skills-based SNAP E&T programs. These states are aiming to build the skills of SNAP participants through partnerships between state SNAP E&T agencies, community colleges, and other organizations.

The ...

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