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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.

News Releases

Workforce Plan Open for Public Comment until May 31
Youth Registration Closes May 3 for Business After School Health Care Week
Job Openings to be Showcased at Veterans Hiring Event on May 13
SWWDC Seeking Proposals for WIOA Adult-Dislocated Worker Services Provider
Alyssa Joyner hired as SWWDC Cowlitz Wahkiakum Outreach Specialist

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Workforce Plan Open for Public Comment

Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) is pleased to share a draft of our Strategic Workforce Plan for program years 2016-2020. Once finalized, the new plan will guide regional solutions for workforce development.

The plan is available for review and comment for 30 days. The public comment period ends on May 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Click here to download the DRAFT 2016-2020 Strategic Plan for the Southwest Washington Workforce Area.

The public is welcome to send comments or feedback on the plan to info@swwdc.org.

SWWDC Seeking Nominees for Board of Directors

SWWDC is seeking nominations of Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum business, labor or community group representatives to serve on its volunteer board of directors.

Nominations must be submitted by a leader of a chamber of commerce, economic development or labor organization or a City official and should detail the nominee’s qualifications and include the nominee’s resume. Nominations and accompanying documentation should be emailed to info@swwdc.org by 4 p.m. May 13.

Click here for further details and eligibility requirements.

Request for Proposals: WIOA Title I Adult-Dislocated Worker Services

SWWDC is seeking proposals for the delivery of services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker programs in Clark and Cowlitz/Wahkiakum counties.

Click this link to review the Request for Proposal (RFP).

Click on the links below to access post-conference notes/minutes, FAQs (frequently asked questions), the Powerpoint presentation used at the conference, and additional resources and information that will be of use in preparing your proposal:

NOTE: Answers to questions submitted between Monday, April 25 and Sunday, May 1 will be posted on Monday, May 2. Please submit your questions to info@swwdc.org if you wish to have them addressed. Phone calls and/or emails to individual SWWDC staff regarding this RFP will not be answered.

Proposals are due May 13, 2016 by 4 p.m. Pacific Time.

Youth Initiatives Manager Job Opening

The SWWDC Youth Initiatives Manager is responsible for implementing youth-related strategies for workforce development and management of the youth provider projects and contracts.

Apply by May 18. Visit www.go2worksource.com and search for job WS455557644 or click here to download the job description.

Report Shows More than 30,000 Youth in the Region are Not in School and Not Working

A report released by the three workforce development boards that serve the Portland-SW Washington metropolitan area finds approximately 30,157 individuals ages 16 to 24 are not in school and not employed. These young people represent an important workforce resource for the local economy.

Click here to download the report.

Click here for the Appendix Tables.

Click here to read the news release.

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. Washington Relay: 711.


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