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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

SWWDC Seeks Firm to Provide Behavioral Health Services (11-23-15)
Workforce Council Funds Free Certified Production Technician (CPT) Manufacturing Skills Training; Classes at Lower Columbia College
WorkSource Vancouver New Location as of November 16 (11-6-15)
YouthBuild Accepting Applications (11-4-15)
Youth Registration Closes Dec. 1 for Business After School Technology Week (11-3-15)
Tech & Manufacturing Training Information Sessions at WorkSource (10-15-15)

Featured News

Tech & Manufacturing Training Program: RebootNW

Individuals who have been out of work 6.5 months or more and are interested in pursuing careers in tech or manufacturing may qualify for a new training and education program through WorkSource and should attend an information session for RebootNW. Unemployed Veterans and their eligible spouses may also apply.

Information sessions for interested individuals begin in July:

WorkSource Vancouver: Every Thursday 1-2:30 p.m., 5411 E. Mill Plain Boulevard, Suite 15, Vancouver, WA 98661. Call 360-735-4956.

WorkSource Cowlitz/Wahkiakum: 2nd & 4th Mondays 1:30-3 p.m., 305 S. Pacific Avenue, Suite A, Kelso, WA 98626. Call 360-578-4231.

Learn more at www.rebootnw.org.

Long-Term Care Workforce Plan Released

As our population ages, the need for long-term care workers will intensify. To help businesses address the growing need for employees, the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) and its partners in the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC) have released the “2015-2017 Long-Term Care Workforce Plan.”

Among its goals are:

  1. Targeted marketing and messaging to job seekers
  2. Developing a vetting process to refer high-quality candidates
  3. Training opportunities and exposure for youth

Click here to download a copy of the plan.

For additional information, contact Tracy Schreiber, Employer Services Manager, at tschreiber@swwdc.org or 360-567-3185.

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.

Cowlitz Wahkiakum Outreach Specialist Job Opening

The Cowlitz Wahkiakum Outreach Specialist (CWOS) is responsible for workforce development outreach and coordination with community groups in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. The CWOS will be responsible for generating and supporting partnerships with key business and community organizations, represent the SWWDC at events and meetings, facilitate connections between business and community organization staff to appropriate SWWDC staff, seek opportunities for SWWDC staff to present SWWDC programs and services to influencers, share SWWDC and WorkSource services as appropriate. Click here to view the job description.

YouthBuild Construction Coordinator Job Opening

Habitat for Humanity is seeking a Youth Programs Project Manager to manage all aspects of its youth construction programs, including YouthBuild and Geometry in Construction. Click here to view the job description.

Request for Behavioral Health Training Services Proposals

The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) is seeking proposals from service providers with demonstrated experience in mental, behavioral and vocational counseling to provide behavioral health training and counseling services in partnership with WorkSource centers in Vancouver and Kelso.

Click here to download the Request for Proposals (RFP). A bidder’s WebEx is scheduled for December 7, 2015; details are in the RFP.

To be considered, proposals must be received by SWWDC no later than 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, January 15, 2016. Proposals received after this time will not be accepted.

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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