LETI Vocational School
Escuela Vocacional LETI • Celebrando Excelencia
About LETI Vocational School


Mission & Vision

The Latino Educational Training Institute strives to facilitate the personal and financial success of Spanish-speaking and bilingual persons as well as to inspire Latinos/as to pursue their dreams and become leaders in their communities.

Our mission is to provide Latino workers a fast-track education and basic academic knowledge in Computer Technology, ESL, and GED preparation to help them advance from a low-English level to a college ready English level while preparing them for a successful entry into a vocational certificate program or other post-secondary program.

Our vision is to prepare first generation Latino immigrants, specifically injured workers with the skills and knowledge to gain or upgrade employment in order to obtain financial independence so that they may positively and productively contribute to their own family and local community.


Latino Educational Training Institute (LETI) is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization located in Lynnwood, Washington that serves the Latino Community in Snohomish and Skagit County. It was founded in 1998 to address the lack of adequate information and resources within the Latino community.

LETI is not alone in its efforts to support the Latino immigrant community. We work with and support the efforts of community partners such as Lutheran Community Services Northwest “Familias Unidas” and El Centro de la Raza. While we are all working toward the same goal of a successful Latino immigrant community, LETI differentiates itself in a couple of ways. Geographically, LETI concentrates its efforts in Lynnwood and South Snohomish County. Familias
Unidas does have a Lynnwood presence but is primarily focused on Health Care and referral services. Likewise, El Centro de la Raza is a fixture in Seattle and King County but has no presence in Snohomish County. Additionally, LETI is
differentiated by its primary focus on education and leadership for youth and adults.

Within the non-profit and educational community, LETI has a Memorandum of Understanding with Edmonds College, UW Bothell, and Financial Beginnings to work together in support of education for the Latino community. From its beginnings LETI has been dedicated to ongoing work in the areas of education, economic development and homeownership among the community at large and specifically among first-generation Latino immigrants in Snohomish County.

For the past five years LETI has coordinated and directed the Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) in coordination with Edmonds College, Everett Community College and Skagit Valley College. Each of the colleges recruit ten Latino students to participate in this annual program. Over the course of six months these thirty students are taught leadership skills, as well as the history of Latinos in Washington State. They have the chance to meet and learn from professors,
politicians and community leaders. In addition to the program curriculum, LETI leverages its 20+ years of community work and relationships to secure summer internships for the LLI graduates.

LETI seeks to continue to expand and formalize its programs that focus on serving Latino immigrants in low income households who have limited English language skills and a limited understanding of the financial and educational systems of the United States. If we are to promote economic development, financial success, and homeownership in the Latino community, community members must know how to manage their financial assets and have a clear understanding of the standard practices of the American financial system.