“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.

Ready to Work is a comprehensive program providing opportunities for people with very limited English (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.

With funding from Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Literacy Source partners with Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) and HomeSight to offer two RTW classes in SE Seattle. Classes are held 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.

Beginning in Spring 2017, we'll be adding a comprehensive RTW program to our Learning Center in Lake City.   

For more information, please contact Lauren Plitkins.

Banner photo courtesy of Alabastro Photography