How old do I have to be?
You must be at least 18 years old.

Where do I have to live?
You must reside within the boundaries of the City of Seattle or in White Center. If you live outside the City of Seattle, please contact us further for information regarding eligibility requirements. To look up your zip code, please click here.

What are the income level requirements?
Your income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines — the table below outlines the 2017 guidelines for 3-Month Income. A Career Navigator can help you determine if you meet the income requirements. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) website provides information about federal poverty guidelines as well: http://foodhelp.wa.gov/basic_food.htm

Size of Family Unit 3-Month Income Guideline (at or below)
1 $6,030
2 $8,120
3 $10,210
4 $12,300
5 $14,390
6 $16,480


Are there any educational requirements?
No, but certain occupations and training programs have reading, writing and math requirements. If you do not meet these requirements, you may be referred to an Adult Basic Education class to increase your skill level.

What if I already have a college degree?
The SJI program is designed to serve candidates who do not have a college degree. Candidates currently holding an associates, bachelors, or professional degree are encouraged to contact community colleges directly through the colleges’ admissions offices.

What if I can only work part-time?
SJI’s program isn’t the right fit for those seeking part-time work. We expect all of our participants to be ready to find full-time, permanent work upon graduation. We will assist Career Pathways program participants to secure part-time employment while completing their college programs.