SEED understands that workforce development drives economic development. A strong, skilled workforce is the basis of business success and thus jobs creation. SEED partners with education, training, workforce and match-making partners to map out the skills development pathways, enabling residents to meet the needs of employers. Many workers in Southeast Seattle are employed elsewhere in the city or region, and would welcome an opportunity to walk, bike, bus, or take the light rail to a job that is closer to home. Training and education programs – including those in the public schools, local community colleges, and offered by other training organizations – create pathways to jobs and attract  new business to Southeast Seattle.

A workforce and youth skills building project currently supported by SEED is Creative Arts Digital Media Academy (CADMA). CADMA provides students with an understanding of digital media through exposure to current technologies. Youth acquire the necessary skills to create their own videos, news broadcasts, websites, and on-air radio broadcasts. They receive instruction in communications and journalism; television, video and film editing; digital photography; web design, social media and blogging; the use of digital media in business; and the use of social media for social change.

For more information, please contact Lance Randall, SEED Director of Economic Development: