Business Solutions

Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) (formerly the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council) brings together business, training and education providers, government agencies and economic development partners to address the workforce needs of local businesses and industries.

Programs funded through WSW help businesses find and hire the employees they need and provide people the skills and training to find work or advance in their careers.

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Your business may benefit from the following programs and services provided through WSW and its partners.

Employee Recruitment & Retention

Finding and hiring the right people can be time consuming. Once you have the right people, keeping their skills current so they remain productive and your company is competitive can be challenging.

Whether you have a full human resources team or one person wearing many hats, WSW-funded programs may provide the solutions you need.

Learn about no-cost Recruitment & Retention services.

 Business Growth

In partnership with the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) and Cowlitz Economic Development Council (CEDC), WSW is dedicated to connecting our local businesses with resources to ensure sustainable growth.

Whether you need technical assistance with government contracting, process improvements, capital, a larger location or export growth, WSW can help you make the connections you need.

FIND OUT MORE:

Clark County: Max Ault, CREDC mault@credc.org
Cowlitz County: Scot Walstra, walstra@cowlitzedc.com

To learn more, contact:

Manufacturing or Technology: Cass Parker, cparker@workforcesw.org

Health care or Construction: Tracy Schreiber, tschreiber@workforcesw.org

Other industries:

WorkSource: Darcy Hoffman,  dhoffman@esd.wa.gov 

Targeted Industries

When job-producing industries thrive, so does the community. Ensuring that high-growth industries have the skilled workers they need for their high-demand jobs is vital for the prosperity of those businesses and the health of the region’s economy.

WSW invests in training to prepare people for current and future jobs in industries projected to grow in the next few years. Our goal is to ensure businesses have the workers they need and everyone that wants to work has a job.

Learn more about our regional collaboration with Oregon partners.

For additional information about specific programs, use the following contact information:

Manufacturing or Technology, contact Cass Parker at cparker@workforcesw.org or 360.567.1076

Health care or Construction, contact Tracy Schreiber at tschreiber@workforcesw.org or 360.567.3185.

Learn more about the region’s targeted industries, including:

Hiring Young People

Young people are your company’s workforce of tomorrow. Interacting with them today can benefit your business by ensuring the best and the brightest are aware of your company, what you do, why it matters and how they can be part of it.

A few ways you can connect with teens and young adults, ages 16 to 24, in our community, include:

  • Hosting internships, job shadow opportunities and/or events at your company
  • Participating in networking or mock interviews
  • Mentoring a young adult in your field of work or industry
  • Speaking at schools or youth workforce programs about job skills and job demand
  • Offering part-time, full-time or summer employment to youth

Learn more at Catalyst

To get involved and connect with young people, contact Miriam Martin, Youth Initiatives Manager, at 360.567.3183 or mmartin@workforcesw.org.

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