What We Do
Seattle Jobs Initiative offers low-income individuals training that leads to college credentials in growing local industry sectors. We creatively align support services – intensive school 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 businesses 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 conduct labor market research to help ensure education and training programs are connected to middle-wage job opportunities while meeting the needs of local businesses for skilled workers.
SJI engages its partners as a learning community to explore best practices and strategies to meet the needs of populations with high needs. Through these convenings, SJI has provided leadership in the development of career navigation, performance skills curriculum, stress management coaching, cohort training models to meet the needs of targeted populations and other thoughtful interventions to support participants in training and job retention. Current SJI community learning partners, include Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Employment for Women, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Neighborhood House, Pacific Associates, Partner in Employment, Pioneer Human Services and TRAC Associates.
Consulting Professional Services
SJI provides technical assistance to States, Counties, systems and providers working to build SNAP Employment and Training programs (SNAP E&T), including through direct engagement by these entities as well as through our partnership with USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service to operate the SNAP to Skills Project. SJI additionally offers consulting and technical assistance in program design, process improvement, labor market and other research, and program evaluation.