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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.

Press Releases

Vancouver Mayor Leavitt to lead YouthBuild students through streets of Vancouver (1-29-15)
Engineering Firms Sought for Business After School, Applications due Jan. 21 (1-8-15)
SWWDC Seeking Proposals from Consultants to Lead Focus Groups (1-8-15)
YouthBuild Accepting Applications from High School Dropouts, ages 17-24, for Training and Education Program (12-30-14)
SWWDC Learns about German Innovations in Workforce Development (12-10-14)

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Additional IT Occupations Qualify for Employee Training Funds

As of April 2014, additional occupations qualify for employee training funds! Advanced manufacturing companies and businesses with information technology employees are encouraged to apply. Learn more about these funds and how to apply on our training page.

Manufacturing Resources: Survey Results, Plan & Video

To serve the needs of the Southwest Washington-Portland Metropolitan region, the SWWDC, in partnership with Portland-based WorkSystems, Inc. (WSI) and the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County (WICCO) has formed the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC). This cross-state partnership delivers a unified approach to serve industry, support economic development, and guide public workforce investments in the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area. Learn more about CWWC's manufacturing programs.

Manufacturing is one of the key focus areas of the Collaborative. Learn more below:

Manufacturing Video Learn how the Collaborative can assist your manufacturing business by watching this four-minute video.

Manufacturing Plan The Collaborative worked with manufacturing businesses to learn about their needs and develop this manufacturing workforce plan.

Manufacturing SurveyIn October 2012, the Collaborative surveyed manufacturers in Southwest Washington and the Portland Metropolitan Area to obtain up-to-date information on workforce needs and trends.

For additional information about the SWWDC’s programs for manufacturers, please contact Lee Ann Lawrence, Employer Services Manager, at llawrence@swwdc.org or 360-567-3170.

Business After School: Health care Week is Coming May 4-6, 2015

SWWDC is seeking business sponsors for Business After School: Health care Week. It's a great opportunity to showcase your company and industry to young adults, ages 16-21, during a two-hour event at your location. You’ll spark career interest in a young person through a facility tour and hands-on activity. Highlight your talented team by having them discuss skills, training and topics of study. Meet potential interns and future employees!

Business After School Overview

Visit the Business After School website

Students - check back - registration opens March 30!

Workforce Services Manager Job Posting

SWWDC is seeking an experienced manager and developer of federally-funded workforce development projects. The successful candidate will have strong contract management skills, grant administration experience and the creative networking skills necessary to continually enhance and broaden the reach of workforce development programs aimed at enriching people’s lives and the economic strength of the counties we serve.

Click here for the job description and application instructions.

All applications must be received no later than Friday, March 6 at 5 p.m.

Program Coordinator Job Posting

SWWDC is seeking qualified applicants for a Program Coordinator to interface with business and community partners and to support the SWWDC program team by assisting with the successful management of federal, state, and local workforce investment projects throughout Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the program team in coordinating projects and contracts that will include project administration, research, and budget reviews. The Program Coordinator's essential functions can be divided into three major categories: Contract Management, Administrative Support, and Business and Community Engagement. The Program Coordinator reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

Click here for the job description and application instructions.

All applications must be received no later than Friday, March 6 at 5 p.m.

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.


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