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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.

Press Releases

YouthBuild Vancouver Accepting Applications for GED/Construction Skills Program (5-4-15)
SWWDC Hires Cassandra Parker as Program Coordinator (4-29-15)
SWWDC Construction Survey Closes April 17 (4-9-15)
YouthBuild Vancouver Accepting Applications for GED/Construction Skills Program (4-7-15)
SWWDC Seeking Input from Building Trades and Construction Industry (3-24-15)
Health care Firms Sought for Business After School Program (3-10-15)

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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.

Workforce Services Manager Job Opening

SWWDC is seeking a manager and developer of federally-funded workforce development projects. The successful candidate will have strong contract management skills, grant administration experience and the creative networking skills necessary to continually enhance and broaden the reach of workforce development programs aimed at enriching people’s lives and the economic strength of the counties we serve.

Application materials must be received at WorkSource Vancouver by 5 p.m. May 15.

Click here for the complete job description and application details. WorkSource Job Number WA2774962

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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