What We Do

What We Do

OUR MISSION

Seattle Jobs Initiative creates opportunities for people to support themselves and their families through living-wage careers.

Program

Seattle Jobs Initiative offers low-income individuals training that leads to college credentials in growing local industry sectors. We creatively align support services – intensive college navigation, housing, childcare and transportation – to provide participants the best opportunity to complete their career pathways and to secure and retain well-paying jobs. Our objective is to help individuals who live below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to acquire the skills they need to advance out of poverty, while simultaneously meeting the needs of local employers for a skilled workforce.

Innovation, Research & Policy

Seattle Jobs Initiative is currently focused on increasing the number of low-income adults who obtain one- and two-year college credentials. We work with community colleges and community-based organizations to develop knowledge, tools, best practices and partnerships that will increase access to and persistence in community college among low-income adults, including those who are not yet college-ready. We also provide technical assistance to States working to build their SNAP Employment and Training programs through the USDA Food and Nutrition Service SNAP to Skills Project. SJI conducts labor market research to help ensure education and training programs are connected to middle-wage job opportunities while meeting the needs of local employers for skilled workers.