Student and Community Workforce Agreement

Priority Hire

Priority Hire in Seattle Public Schools Priority Demographics and Covered Projects

Seattle Public School construction projects include a Student and Community Workforce Agreement for most construction projects with an estimated value of $5 million and above. For these projects, Contractors request dispatch to first seek and send workers that fit priority or diverse demographics.

Covered Projects

The following projects are covered by the SCWA and Priority Hire program:

  • Rainier Beach High School renovation;
  • Rising Star Elementary (formerly Van Asselt) and Mercer International Middle School projects;
  • Lincoln High School renovation; and
  • All projects bid or solicited to award a Prime/General Contractor starting in January 2021 estimated by Seattle Public Schools to have a construction value (including contingency) of $5 million or more prior to the bid or solicitation that awards the Prime/General Contractor.

Priority Demographics

For construction contracts, the SCWA prioritizes contractor apprentice hiring and jobs for:

  1. SPS Students (former students, graduates and those who have an SPS high school of origin regardless of graduation status); and/or
  2. Workers who have a currently enrolled SPS student in their household; and/or any resident of an Economically Distressed Zip Code that contains SPS boundaries.

Diverse Demographics

  • African-American (Black);
  • Indigenous (Native American);
  • People of color; and
  • Women

Economically Distressed Zip Codes

The following zip codes are defined and prioritized as economically distressed. When the zip code is larger than the Seattle School district boundaries, the entire zip code is recognized for priority placements. These zip codes are identified by the City of Seattle using a criteria that includes those zip codes with the highest rates for:

  1. Share of people living under 200% of the federal poverty line.
  2. Unemployment rate.
  3. Those over 25 without a college degree.

Seattle neighborhoods and their Zip Code

Downtown 98101

Capitol Hill/Eastlake 98102

Downtown/International District 98104

Delridge 98106

Ballard 98107

S. Beacon Hill/South Park 98108

Interbay/Queen Anne 98109

Rainier Valley/Rainier Beach 98118

Belltown 98121

Central District 98122

Lake City/Northgate 98125

Delridge/High Point 98126

Bitter Lake/NW Seattle 98133

N. Beacon Hill 98144

White Center 98146

Rainier Beach/Skyway 98178