Companies need workers. People need jobs.

Workforce Southwest Washington brings them together.

The workforce system in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties is led by Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW), (formerly known as the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council). Since 2003, we’ve invested nearly $70 million to get people working in Southwest Washington.

Workforce development requires participation from a variety of groups, including business, economic development, education, labor, government, nonprofit and community organizations.

WSW brings these groups together to identify the regional workforce needs of specific industries and job seekers. This public-private team works together to obtain funding and implement strategies that help companies find and hire the workers they need and help individuals get jobs or learn new skills to obtain better jobs.

Founded in 2002, Workforce Southwest Washington is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to prepare and promote a skilled and adaptive workforce for a thriving economy in Southwest Washington.

For Business:

Finding the right employees and providing training to existing employees so your business can grow and remain competitive can be challenging. If you need help with recruiting, screening and assessing candidates or upgrading the skills of your existing employees, our no-cost business services may be the answer.

Businesses have the opportunity to strategically direct workforce investments by taking part in our targeted industry work. This collaboration between companies and the workforce system takes a systemic approach to employee recruitment, retention and training to design long-term solutions to meet various industries’ current and future workforce needs.

For Job Seekers:

Whether you’re looking for your first job, have years of experience, have been laid off, or want to try something new or advance in your career, our free programs can help build your resume, interviewing skills, training and education, connections to open jobs, and referrals to other services, like housing and childcare.

  • Economic development agencies
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Business and industry associations
  • Federal, state, county and city agencies
  • Organized labor
  • Community colleges, Universities & K-12 school districts
  • Career and technical education providers
  • Nonprofit and community-based organizations
  • Regional partnerships: Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative, Greater Portland, Inc.
  • Other Washington State workforce development boards

Workforce Partners

The workforce system includes partners from various industries