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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 Input from Building Trades and Construction Industry (3-24-15)
Health care Firms Sought for Business After School Program (3-10-15)
Youth Registration closes Feb. 10 for Business After School (2-3-15)
Vancouver Mayor Leavitt to lead YouthBuild students through streets of Vancouver (1-29-15)
Engineering Firms Sought for Business After School, Applications due Jan. 21 (1-8-15)

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Applications for training funds being accepted from training providers and businesses to train IT Occupations and Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing companies and businesses with information technology employees are encouraged 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.

Survey Seeks Input from Building Trades & Construction Industry

To gather information on areas of the building trades and the construction industry that may be facing shortages of trained workers, SWWDC is seeking input from residential, commercial, specialty and heavy civil construction, organized labor and trades, such as painters, roofers, electricians and general labor.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is open until April 17.

Click this link to take the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CPXXMVQ

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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