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Welcome Workforce Southwest Washington
(formerly the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council)

The mission of the WSW is to prepare and promote a skilled and adaptive workforce for a thriving economy in Southwest Washington.

A nonprofit organization founded in 2002, WSW contributes to regional economic growth by providing investments and resources to improve the skills and education of the workforce in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.

WSW helps businesses find and hire the employees they need and provides people the skills, education and training to find work or advance in their careers. WSW partners with employers, community colleges and universities, labor groups, government and economic development agencies, high schools and community organizations to provide employment and training services to businesses, job seekers and youth.


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Workforce Council Announces New Board Members and Officers
Proposals Sought for Business Services Providers
Workforce Council Seeks Proposals for Operator of WorkSource Centers
SWWDC Announces New Name, Logo and Upcoming Website

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Business Services Proposals Sought

Workforce Southwest Washington is seeking innovative and collaborative proposals from a consortium of at least three organizations to provide Business Solution Services that assist businesses with recruitment, retention and talent development.

The consortium will provide services that are responsive to employer workforce needs and ensure businesses have the skilled and diverse employees necessary to grow and remain competitive. Among other things, the consortium will connect job seekers to open jobs, host hiring events and increase business participation rates at WorkSource centers in Vancouver and Kelso. The consortium will promote and leverage existing partnerships to deepen WorkSource’s ability to serve all job seekers and employers in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.

Bidders should incorporate at least three partners/organizations in one unified proposal. Single entity or non-consortium proposals will automatically be rejected. Proposals will be accepted from any combination of private for-profit agencies, state or local units of government, nonprofit organizations, business service organizations (including chambers of commerce and economic development agencies) or educational organizations.

Click here to download the RFP Updated 7-18-16.

Click on each to download the document:

Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on August 8. Late proposals will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

July 27
Written questions due by 3 p.m. to info@swwdc.org
August 8
Proposal due by 4 p.m. to info@swwdc.org

 


Proposals Sought for WorkSource Center Operator

Workforce Southwest Washington is seeking proposals from creative, committed organizations to act as the Operator of the WorkSource centers in Vancouver and Kelso and affiliate and connection sites in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.

Proposals will focus on operating the WorkSource centers in an inclusive and efficient manner that supports effective service delivery through integration of services with Adult and Dislocated Workers (Title I), Adult Basic Education (Title II), Wagner Peyser (Title III), Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (Title IV), Department of Social and Health Services, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, as well as other agencies and community partners.

Click here to download the RFP Updated 7-18-16.

Click on each to download the document:

Proposals are due by 4 p.m. Pacific Time on August 8. Late proposals will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

July 27
Written questions due by 3 p.m. to info@swwdc.org
August 8
Proposal due by 4 p.m. to info@swwdc.org

 


SWWDC Announces New Name and Logo

The SWWDC will begin doing business as Workforce Southwest Washington starting July 1. A new logo has been unveiled and a new website will launch in July. Read the news release.

 


State of the Workforce Report

In partnership with the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative, SWWDC has produced the State of the Workforce Report that provides critical information about the quality of the workforce, available and projected jobs, and describes some of the challenges and opportunities facing our region. The information will be utilized to help us better understand the balance between regional workforce supply and industry demand and ensure our workforce development efforts are effectively aligned with the needs of the regional economy.

Click here for a link to the executive summary of the State of the Workforce Report. The final version of the State of the Workforce Report will be available for the public within a couple weeks.


SWWDC Seeking Cowlitz Business Representatives for Board of Directors

SWWDC is seeking nominations of Cowlitz business representatives to serve on its volunteer board of directors.

Nominations and accompanying documentation should be emailed to info@swwdc.org.

Click here for further details and eligibility requirements.


SWWDC Amends Its Bylaws for Program Year 2016

The SWWDC has amended its Bylaws to incorporate changes in our name, effective July 1, 2016 (Workforce Southwest Washington) and also changes in federal legislation for workforce development (from WIA to WIOA: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). Additionally, SWWDC has updated two documents referenced in the Bylaws: The Conflict of Interest Policy (#1006) and the Board Nomination Procedures (#2006).

SWWDC Directors will vote to approve the amended Bylaws at the next regular meeting of the Council on Wednesday, June 15 from 4-6 p.m. at Partners in Careers in Vancouver.

Access the draft amended version of the Bylaws here.

Access the newly-adopted, full-version Board Nomination Procedures (#2006) here.

Access the updated Conflict of Interest Policy (#1006) here.


SWWDC'S draft of the new Local Plan is available here: SWWDC Local Plan


Report Shows More than 30,000 Youth in the Region are Not in School and Not Working

A report released by the three workforce development boards that serve the Portland-SW Washington metropolitan area finds approximately 30,157 individuals ages 16 to 24 are not in school and not employed. These young people represent an important workforce resource for the local economy.

Click here to download the report.

Click here to read the news release.


Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay: 711.

 

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