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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

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)
Workforce Council Receives $1.1 Million YouthBuild Grant (8-14-14)
SWWDC Increases Key Industry Experties on its Board (8-12-14)

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.

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™*

TOPIC: Continuum of Funding:
The Right Investment at the Right Time

October's PubTalk will include presentations from CEO Eric Preisz of Vancouver's newly relocated, Garage Games, in addition to CEO, Martha Howe, and President, Ryan Jarvis, of ShopBox, one of Vancouver's budding tech start-ups. The evening will include moderation by one of the Portland-metro area's most active tech Angel Investors, focusing on finding the right investors while coordinating the strategy and timing of outside funding. Join us to learn more about two of Vancouver's most exciting tech companies, hear about their successes and failures in start-up funding, and how diverse funding strategies can mean the difference between boom or bust!

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 Sept. 29 only): $25
Regular Online Registration (after Sept. 29): $30
Walk-In Registration: $30

Stay tuned for information on upcoming
2014 Events:

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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