[two_thirds] [h2]SJI Celebrates 15 Years[/h2] [h5]The Norman B. Rice Scholarship Fund[/h5] Seattle Jobs Initiative proudly announces the creation of The Norman B. Rice Scholarship Fund. The Fund is established in honor of Mayor Rice?s lifelong commitment to generating economic opportunity for low-income people in Seattle, embodied by his vision for creating SJI more than 15 years ago.

The Fund will directly expand opportunities for low-income Seattle and King County residents to attend college and gain the skills they need to advance out of poverty and support their families.

The Fund operates to remove the obstacles that serve to discourage so many low-income individuals from accessing and completing college. Specifically, it will be used to fund tuition, books, fees and other costs of college attendance that are not covered by financial aid. It will further fund critical supports these students frequently require to succeed in college, such as bus passes and childcare assistance.

Make a donation to the Fund today!


[h5]15 Years of Opening Doors to Living-Wage Careers[/h5]

In 2012, Seattle Jobs Initiative is celebrating 15 years in business ? of working in our community to help individuals get the skills they need to advance to living-wage jobs and employers get the skilled workers they need to grow their companies. In that span, SJI has continuously sought to improve how we do business?? adjusting to changes in the labor market, the economy and the needs of those we serve ? to ensure that the solutions we provide remain relevant and effective. What has remained constant over these many years is the importance of skills. Skills create futures. Skills build companies. Skills strengthen communities.

SJI is proud of our many accomplishments ? from placing more than 7,000 individuals in careers, to growing into the role of local, regional and national leader in the field of workforce development. For SJI, 15 years means not only taking stock of what we have achieved, but of the challenges that lie ahead for our community and for our organization in meeting the needs of both low-skilled workers and employers in a rapidly changing economy.

Moving forward into our next 15 years, one thing we know for certain is that the need for skills will be greater than at any time in SJI?s history.