Spotlight: SODO Trades Program

This innovative program introduces youth to the trades via hands-on learning, then connects them to paid internships with local employers.

Watch this short video about SoDo Inc.!

SoDo Inc., a collaboration between South Seattle Community College, YouthSource (King County Work Training Program) and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, shows the power of partnership between business, education and government.

For the first three weeks, the students attended classes at South Seattle Community College to learn about apprenticeships, increase their math skills to prepare for entering apprenticeships, and learn a wide variety of skills–including tool use, safety, first aid, and basic work habits and attitudes.

Then, for the next three to four weeks, each student worked in a paid internship with a private employer to apply what they learned on the job. Thanks to the partnership of the Manufacturing Industrial Council, more than 30 employers have participated and hired interns.