New Member Susan Crane, SkillUp Washington

The Alliance welcomes Susan Crane, executive director of SkillUp Washington in Seattle, a workforce and education funders collaborative aimed at helping low-income adults get postsecondary education credentials and advance in their fields.

SkillUp works closely with local employers to ensure workforce training is aligned with industry needs and with community colleges to customize training for working adults. Most recently, SkillUp won a $750,000 grant fromĀ  Boeing to help low-skilled adults in four area community colleges complete training and enter manufacturing careers. Susan is interested in exploring alternative staffing as a strategy for placing community college graduates into employment.