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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

Workforce Council Receives $1.1 Million YouthBuild Grant (8-14-14)
SWWDC Increases Key Industry Expertise on its Board (8-12-14)
WorkSource and Vancouver Library Present Free Employment Workshops (6-24-14)
SWWDC Provides $85,000 to Non-Profits to Fund New Programs for Youth (6-17-14)
Businessess Invited to Meet IT Talent (6-13-14)
Certified Production Technician Orientation Launches (6-2-14)

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.

Strategic Plan 2014-2017

With input from more than 125 stakeholders, the SWWDC's 2014-2017 Strategic Plan addresses the needs and concerns of our communities. This plan was designed in an A3 format, allowing for clear and concise messaging. A3 strategic plans provide an overall guide and framework, capitalizing on Lean methodologies. If you have questions about this methodology, please take a look at this page, which provides a more detailed explanation of A3 strategy planning.

Strategic Plan: http://swwdc.org/about-swwdc/strategicplan.html

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.

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.

PubTalk logoJoin Us for PUBTALK™*

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

CREDC is accepting applications for Clark County PubTalk's™ annual business pitch competition, modeled after ABC's popular Shark Tank™ television show. This year will focus on startups tied to health care (medical devices, health care IT systems, etc.). A selection of local companies will pitch their business idea to a judging panel of "sharks" that will determine the winner to receive a cash prize and an exclusive invitation to a summer angel investor networking event. Interested companies should send an executive summary of their business plan to Kimberly Pincheira, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships for CREDC, at kpincheira@credc.org.

Clark County PubTalk™
is a high-energy networking event designed to create connections for entrepreneurs, investors and other professionals for the purpose of growing new companies in our area. The event regularly attracts more than 150 participants and brings a stimulating blend of networking, formal presentations and an open-mic opportunities for registered guests.

If you have questions about our entrepreneurship development programs or are interested in pitching your business idea at a future PubTalk™ event, please contact Courtney Givens at (360) 909-5632 or courtney@simplepleasuresevents.com. Click here to complete the business pitch questionaire and register your interest.

To subscribe to the PubTalk™ mailing list, click here.

Interested in becoming a PubTalk event sponsor or vendor? Please contact Courtney Givens at (360) 909-5632 or courtney@simplepleasuresevents.com




Early Bird Registration (through June 8th only): $25.00
Regular Online Registration (after June 8th): $30.00
Walk-In Registration: $30.00

NOTE: This event has a high likelihood of selling out! Register now to assure your seat!

Stay tuned for information on upcoming
2014 Events:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Fort Vancouver National Trust, Artillery Barracks
600 E Hatheway Road, Vancouver, WA 98661

*The service mark PubTalk™ is owned by Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN)
and is being used for this event by SWWDC with OEN's permission.

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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