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Welcome to the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC)

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

A nonprofit organization founded in 2002, SWWDC 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.

SWWDC 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. SWWDC 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.

News Releases

Job Openings Available at Health Care Career Fair June 29
Public Meeting May 24 in Kelso to Discuss Workforce Plan
Public Meeting May 23 in Clark County to Discuss Workforce Plan
Workforce Plan Open for Public Comment until May 31

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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.

Health Care Job & Career Fair June 29

Nearly 40 companies from Southwest Washington, Clackamas County and the Portland metro area that are seeking employees will be promoting their job openings at a free long-term care job & career fair on June 29.

Long-term care professionals provide medical care and services for children and adults living with chronic health problems. Individuals interested in working in long-term care and learning about the various occupations it employs can meet with professionals from in-home care, assisted living and rehabilitation companies, among others. Long-term care jobs and careers include opportunities in nursing, caregiving, culinary, skilled trades, housekeeping and administration.

The event is Wednesday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland 97220. Registration and information, including a list of companies that will be at the event, can be found at www.ltcjobcareerfair.eventbrite.com.

Download event flyer

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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