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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 Seeking Proposals for Grant Writing Services (3-21-14)
SWWDC Seeking Proposals for IT Support Services (3-17-14)
SWWDC Seeking Proposals for WIA Adult & Youth Services (2-10-14)
SWWDC Appoints Three New Board Members (1-21-14)
SWWDC Secures Funding to Train Long-term Unemployed (12-10-13)

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Additonal Occupations Qualify for Incumbent Worker Training Funds

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

Requests for Proposals

Grant Writing Services

The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC), located at 805 Broadway, Suite 412 in Vancouver, WA, is soliciting proposals for a grant writer who will write a minimum of five (5) proposals seeking fundraising capacity building grants from local or national foundations.

Through this RFP, the SWWDC intends to hire on a consultant to do research on capacity building grants, determine appropriate grants for our organization, and write a minimum of five (5) targeted proposals requesting development capacity funding which will allow us to hire a full time development director.

Click to view the Grant Writing Services Request for Proposals (RFP)

Grant Writing Services proposals are due Monday, April 21, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. PDT

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 http://youtu.be/YIcgEw4Q_f0.

Manufacturing Plan – The Collaborative worked with industry professionals to develop a manufacturing workforce plan. View the plan.

Manufacturing Survey – In 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. View survey results.

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.

Workforce 101 Resource Guide

The Workforce 101 Resource Guide provides an overview of resources available in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties to help job seekers plan, prepare, find and succeed in a career.

Click here to access the Workforce 101 Resource Guide.

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Join Us for PUBTALK™*

TOPIC: Unleashing Brand Value: 4 Steps to
a More Powerful Brand

Join branding guru, Betsy Henning of AHA! as we discuss what it takes to unleash your brand value. AHA! is a communications firm with expertise in writing that applies equal parts strategy and creativity to engage, educate and empower the people most important to turning a company's business goals into business results.

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



Click HERE to register for the April 15 event!

Stay tuned for information on upcoming
2014 Events:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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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