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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

Public Meeting May 24 in Kelso to Discuss Workforce Plan
Public Meeting May 23 in Clark County to Discuss Workforce Plan
Workforce Plan Open for Public Comment until May 31
Job Openings to be Showcased at Veterans Hiring Event on May 13
SWWDC Seeking Proposals for WIOA Adult-Dislocated Worker Services Provider

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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.

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

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

Presentations about the plan will be made on these dates:

  • Clark County: May 23, 2-4 p.m., Educational Service District 112, 2500 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver - Conference Center: Clark & Pacific rooms
  • Cowlitz County: May 24, 2-4 p.m. Cowlitz County Historic Museum, 405 Allen Street, Kelso - General meeting room

The events are free. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by May 20 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 and accompanying documentation should be emailed to info@swwdc.org.

Click here for further details and eligibility requirements.

SWWDC Amends Its Bylaws for Program Year 2016

The SWWDC has amended its Bylaws to incorporate changes in our name, effective July 1, 2016 (Workforce Southwest Washington) and also changes in federal legislation for workforce development (from WIA to WIOA: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). Additionally, SWWDC has updated two documents referenced in the Bylaws: The Conflict of Interest Policy (#1006) and the Board Nomination Procedures (#2006).

SWWDC Directors will vote to approve the amended Bylaws at the next regular meeting of the Council on Wednesday, June 15 from 4-6 p.m. at Partners in Careers in Vancouver.

Access the draft amended version of the Bylaws here.

Access the newly-adopted, full-version Board Nomination Procedures (#2006) here.

Access the updated Conflict of Interest Policy (#1006) here.

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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