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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

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)
SWWDC Announces Hire of Tracy Schreiber to Expand Outreach to Business (12-3-14)
SWWDC and Partners Receive $8.45 Million to Train Long-Term Unemployed and Veterans (10-15-14)
SWWDC Launches drive to fund Philip A. Parker Memorial Scholarship (9-29-14)

Featured News

Additional 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: Engineering Week Feb. 16-18, 2015

As a Business After School Engineering Week Sponsor, showcase your company and industry to high school-aged youth 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!

Click here for sponsorship information.

Business After School Overview

Visit the Business After School website

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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