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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 Learns about German Innovations in Workforce Development (12-10-14)
SWWDC Announces Hire of Tracy Schreiber to Expand Outreach to Business (12-3-14)
SWWDC and Partners Receive $8.45 Million to Train Long-Term Unemployed and Veterans (10-15-14)
SWWDC Launches drive to fund Philip A. Parker Memorial Scholarship (9-29-14)
Workforce Council Receives $1.1 Million YouthBuild Grant (8-14-14)

Featured News

Additional Occupations Qualify for Employee Training Funds

As of April 2014, additional occupations qualify for employee training funds! Advanced manufacturing companies and businesses with information technology employees are encouraged to apply. Learn more about these funds and how to apply 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.

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.

Business After School: Engineering Week Feb. 16-18, 2015

As a Business After School Engineering Week Sponsor, showcase your company and industry to high school-aged youth during a two-hour event at your location. You’ll spark career interest in a young person through a facility tour and hands-on activity. Highlight your talented team by having them discuss skills, training and topics of study. Meet potential interns and future employees!

Click here for more details.

Job Opening: Program Coordinator

The SWWDC Program Coordinator’s role is to support the program team by overseeing and/or assisting with the successful management of federal, state and local workforce investment and education projects throughout Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties. The Program Coordinator is responsible for supporting the program team in managing grants, projects, and contracts that will include project development, research, policy development, and resource management.

Applications due by 5 p.m. January 2, 2015. Click here to view the job description and application procedure.

PubTalk logoJoin Us for PUBTALK™*

TOPIC: Now that your baby is all grown up -
Planning your company for your future

Join us for an evening of business strategy featuring a panel of the area’s top financial and legal minds to discuss planning and tactics around growing your business while preparing for the future.
Our special guest panelist for the evening will be local entrepreneur Tom McGovern of Immersive Media, the Clark County video technology company that pioneered Google’s internationally renowned Street View. Panel experts will discuss the ins and outs of forming your enterprise and growing to become self-sufficient, profitable and secure in the marketplace for generations.

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



Early Bird Registration (through Nov. 30 only): $25
Regular Online Registration (after Nov. 30): $30
Walk-In Registration: $30

Stay tuned for information on upcoming
2015 Events!


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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