“One out of every five people in Seattle is foreign-born. Our economy is stronger when immigrants have the opportunity to overcome language and skills barriers. Ready to Work will help open the door to a job with a livable wage and good working conditions.” - Mayor Ed Murray


The ability to communicate in English increases opportunities to obtain higher wage jobs and integrate more easily into local communities. Studies have shown that when working-age adults are more English proficient, they are less likely to live in poverty, more likely to be fully employed, and more likely to earn higher wages. English proficiency is critical not just for the economic well-being of workers, but for the economic stability of whole families.

Started by the City of Seattle in 2015, Ready to Work provides opportunities for the least proficient English language learners (ESOL levels 1-3) to work towards economic self-sufficiency. English language learning is supplemented with job placement services and ongoing skills training opportunities appropriate for the student’s English proficiency level.

Ready to Work - SE Seattle: Literacy Source partners with the City of Seattle, HomeSight, and Asian Counseling and Referral Service to offer two Ready to Work (RTW) classes in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. Classes are four days per week, featuring a workforce-readiness curriculum that includes career exploration, job-hunting skills, work-based communication, and planning for next steps in employment or education.

Ready to Work - North Seattle: Beginning in the Spring of 2017, Literacy Source will offer a Ready to Work program at our Learning Center in Lake City.

For more information, contact Lauren Plitkins.

Banner photo courtesy of Alabastro Photography