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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.

Press Releases

Columbia Machine and WorkSource Hiring Event August 3 (7-9-15)
Workforce Council Launches Tech & Manufacturing Training Program for Long-term Unemployed (7-7-15)
WorkSource Staff Locates at Clark College (6-25-15)
WorkSource and Goodwill Job Fair June 24 (6-16-15)
YouthBuild Accepting Applications (6-16-15)
Long-term Care Workforce Plan Released (6-10-15)
WaferTech & WorkSource Host Hiring Event June 12 (6-8-15)

Featured News

Tech & Manufacturing Training Program: RebootNW

Individuals who have been out of work 6.5 months or more and are interested in pursuing careers in tech or manufacturing may qualify for a new training and education program through WorkSource and should attend an information session for RebootNW. Unemployed Veterans and their eligible spouses may also apply.

Information sessions for interested individuals begin in July:

WorkSource Vancouver: Every Thursday 1-2:30 p.m., 5411 E. Mill Plain Boulevard, Suite 15, Vancouver, WA 98661. Call 360-735-4956.

WorkSource Cowlitz/Wahkiakum: 2nd & 4th Mondays 1:30-3 p.m., 305 S. Pacific Avenue, Suite A, Kelso, WA 98626. Call 360-578-4231.

Learn more at www.rebootnw.org.

Long-Term Care Workforce Plan Released

As our population ages, the need for long-term care workers will intensify. To help businesses address the growing need for employees, the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) and its partners in the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) have released the “2015-2017 Long-Term Care Workforce Plan.”

Among its goals are:

  1. Targeted marketing and messaging to job seekers
  2. Developing a vetting process to refer high-quality candidates
  3. Training opportunities and exposure for youth

Click here to download a copy of the plan.

For additional information, contact Tracy Schreiber, Employer Services Manager, at tschreiber@swwdc.org or 360-567-3185.

Deadline September 11 to apply for funds to train IT, Software Occupations and Advanced Manufacturing Workers

Advanced manufacturing companies and businesses with information technology employees have until September 11 to apply for training funds to up-skill their workers. Training providers may also apply for funding on behalf of a company or consortium of companies. Learn more 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.

Regional Work-Based Learning Coordinator Job Opening

The Regional Work-Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator’s role is to interface with school and community partners to increase on-site business internships, mentorships and other work-based learning experiences for young adults ages 16-24, including opportunities in career awareness, career exploration, career preparation and career training. The WBL Coordinator is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive work-based learning continuum with scalable practices for participating partners. Click here to view a PDF of the job description.

Applications must be submitted to WorkSource Vancouver. Click here for the complete job description and application details. WorkSource job number WA2880857

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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