About English for Work

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Students practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing while learning about topics such as skills and strengths, job search, resumes, and interviewing. Students participate in mock interviews conducted by local employers.

  • Students participate in an online class on Zoom two times per week. Options for morning and evening classes are available. Laptops with computer and internet instruction is provided for program participants as needed. (Note: attending Zoom classes is required).
  • Students receive one-on-one career advice.
  • Optional in-person learning opportunities are offered at the Rainier Beach Branch, Hopelink RedmondHopelink Shoreline, to supplement online classes.
  • Classes are best for students who have intermediate or advanced-level English skills. Hopelink assesses students to determine their level and help decide if the English for Work program is a good fit.


To participate in the English for Work program, students must:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Plan to get a job in the U.S. or enroll in job training/college to prepare to get a job within the next 6 months.
  • Not have a B-1, B-2, F-1, J-1, or M-1 visa.
  • Live in north and east King County (for example, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Shoreline) or in the city of Seattle. Newly arrived refugees living in surrounding areas are welcome to apply for the program.

Apply to English to Work program

To apply to join a quarter of English for Work classes you can fill out the contact form, or contact them by phone at 425-250-3007 or email englishforwork@hopelink.org.

About Our Partner

This program is provided by our partner organization Hopelink, with funding contributed by the City of Seattle.

Ready to Work

Ready to Work is a class for adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students who want to improve their English and job skills, and who are currently looking for a job. Low-income adults who live in Seattle and are eligible to work can register for this class. This program is funded by the City of Seattle.