Ready to Work

RTW Spring Quarter Registration is now open!
See below for details.

Ready to Work (RTW) was designed for residents who face barriers to learning English and gaining employment. The program combines English as a Second Language (ESL) classes (1-3) with computer literacy instruction and case management to help immigrants gain job readiness skills and take steps toward economic self-sufficiency. Participants in the program have moved on to full-time jobs and/or advanced English-language level classes.

With Councilmember Lisa Herbold's (District 1) sponsorship, OIRA has expanded Ready to Work into the West Seattle neighborhood. Longtime community service organization Neighborhood House in partnership with Literacy Source and OIRA will be offering the program at the Neighborhood House High Point Center. (See below for details.)

Click here to learn more about the history of Ready to Work.

 

Ready to Work - West Seattle

New student orientation is March 20 and 21, 2018. Spring quarter starts April 2, 2018.

Classes take place at: Neighborhood House High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126)

If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please contact: Abdi at (206) 588-4901 | abdii@nhwa.org

Please help us with outreach by posting these flyers in your community: Amharic | English | Somali | Spanish

 

Ready to Work - Southeast Seattle

Spring quarter starts April 2, 2018.

Classes take place at: Rainier Beach Library (9125 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118) and Asian Counseling and Referral Service (3639 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144)

If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please contact: Ingrid at (206) 695-7553 | ingridc@acrs.org or Getu at (206) 805-8950 | getuh@acrs.org

Please help us with outreach by posting these flyers in your community: Amharic | English | Chinese (Simplified) | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese

 

Ready to Work - North Seattle

New student orientation is March 12 and 14, 2018. Spring quarter starts March 19, 2018.

Classes take place at: Literacy Source (3200 NE 125th St. Seattle, WA 98125)

If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please contact: Lauren at (206) 782-2050 | laurenp@literacysource.org

Please help us with outreach by posting these flyers in your community: English | Chinese (Simplified) | Spanish | Tigrinya

 

About RTW

A RTW graduate grinning. OIRA's goal is to empower and support immigrants, refugees, and others to overcome barriers to reach milestones on their difficult journey to economic stability, quality jobs, and integration into the civic life of Seattle. In 2015, RTW was created as an innovative prototype model for English language acquisition and employment. Since 2015, 270 immigrant and refugee jobseekers have participated in the program, with many of the participants obtaining jobs and continuing on to higher English-language level classes.

 

Ready to Work Nationally Recognized

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Skills Coalition highlighted Ready to Work as a national best practice model on how to leverage workforce funding to support immigrant integration in the labor force.

 

In 2017, Ready to Work Expanded to North Seattle

With support from Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5) OIRA expanded the program into Lake City and adjacent neighborhoods in North Seattle. Community-based organization Literacy Source in partnership with OIRA started operating the classes and case management at its Learning Center in Lake City filling an important need for underserved immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle's North End.

 

In 2018, Ready to Work Expands to West Seattle

Starting in the spring of 2018, Neighborhood House in partnership with Literacy Source and OIRA will be offering the program at the Neighborhood House High Point Center.

 

RTW Partner Organizations

Asian Counseling and Referral Service | HomeSight | Literacy Source | Neighborhood House | Somali Community Services of Seattle

 

Find Out More

Download a flyer about the Ready to Work Program. (Right-click, then select, "Save link as..." and save to your computer.)

For more information about the Ready to Work program, contact Glenn Davis at (206) 615-0207 or glenn.davis@seattle.gov.

Banner photo credit: Alabastro Photography.