At Seattle Jobs Initiative, we believe that a vital part of our role is to serve as a hub of information for workforce development practitioners, policymakers, and investors. Accordingly, in addition to making our own research and tools easily accessible, we seek to provide links to other important research and tools being produced by leaders in the field.

Behavioral Science
Human-Centered Design
Process Improvement
Labor Market & Economy
College Attainment
  • Seattle Goodwill Industries College 101 Curriculum (online tool)
    This free resource (individuals must respond to a brief questionnaire for access) provides a curriculum for preparing adults for community college programs. The curriculum is focused on college readiness and includes modules on career exploration, program selection, financial aid and funding sources, assessment test preparation (CASAS, COMPASS), study skills, financial literacy, and the enrollment process.
  • Check Out a College (online tool)
    Check Out a College is a resource for exploring program options at all 34 community colleges in Washington State. In addition to program information, the website also includes a section on career exploration that provides labor market information, a career interest inventory, and a link to the Self-Sufficiency Calculator. There are also links to financial aid resources, college cost comparisons, and online admissions.
  • Career Bridge (online tool)
    Career Bridge supports career and program exploration by providing a career interest survey, information about job trends, and a summary of program information from a variety of community colleges. This site also provides information about paying for school and includes a listing of all eligible training providers.
  • Completion by Design (online tool)
    Completion by Design is a five-year initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that is focused on increasing completion and graduation rates of low-income students under the age of 26. This website provides a variety of resources and toolkits on topics such as accelerated learning, student supports, partnership, financial aid, and many more.
  • Workforce Explorer (online tool)
    Workforce Explorer provides labor market information (customizable for local profiles) for a multitude of jobs in Washington State. Job seekers can use this tool to identify jobs that are in demand as well as job descriptions, training and education requirements, and wage information. This site also includes links to businesses, training programs, and resume help.
  • Start Next Quarter (online tool)
    Start Next Quarter is a portal to all Seattle Community Colleges that connects students to an orientation that provides assistance for education planning and identifying funding sources. Through a quick survey, potential students are provided workshop information for the college of their choice. From this site, students can explore different program options and apply for admission online.
Research: What We're Reading
  • Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees, June 2012
    Anthony P. Carnevale, Stephen J. Rose, Andrew R. Hanson
    Georgetown University Center of Education and the Workforce
    An excellent study of the value of postsecondary certificates in the labor market, looking at earnings of certificate holders by a variety of demographic factors, programs of study and geography. As the authors point out, understanding the value of certificates is critical as they are the second most common postsecondary award in the U.S. and are also less expensive and time consuming to obtain than college degrees.
  • Help Wanted: Projection of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018, June 2010
    Anthony P. Carnevale, Nicole Smith, Jeff Strohl
    Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
    Since its release this study has been oft-cited as demonstrating the critical need to increase the number of Americans who complete college credentials in order to meet the future demands of the labor market. It provides a state-by-state look at which industries and occupations are projected to grow and the postsecondary credentials that will be required to secure these good jobs.