Improve your English & Job Skills

¿Necesitas ayuda para aprender
inglés y conseguir un trabajo?
Bạn có cần giúp đỡ để học tiếng
Anh và nhận một công việc?
ሥራ ለማግኘት እርዳታ ይፈልጋሉ? እንግሊዝኛ ለመማር እርዳታ ይፈልጋሉ?
Ma u baahan tahay caawimo barashada Ingiriiska?
Ma u baahan tahay caawimaad shaqo raadinta?

Ready to Work (RTW) is a no-cost, classroom-based program for adult immigrants with low English-language proficiency to improve their English skills. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, classes are now happening online. You will also receive culturally competent case management and other employment training with the goal of attaining a better, more well-paying job.

This nationally recognized program consists of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes (1-3) that start every quarter. Participants should expect to be in classes that are each three-hours-long. These classes take place in the morning, four days out of every week.

RTW has helped low-income adult language learners of a variety of ages 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 at community colleges. And perhaps most importantly, RTW participants have completed the program to become motivated learners.

The program is administered by the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs through our partner agencies. See below for more details on how to sign up for the program nearest you.

Learn more about the history of Ready to Work here.


Ready to Work - Southeast Seattle

ACRS LogoClasses 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: Phoung at (206) 474-2315, or Getu at (206) 805-8950,


Ready to Work - North Seattle

Literacy Source Logo 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: Taiko at (206) 782-2050 or


Ready to Work - Southwest Seattle

Neighborhood House Logo 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: Hibo at (206) 209-6061,


History of 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.


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.)


Banner photo credit: Alabastro Photography.