Our Investments

People want jobs and businesses need workers.

Our vision is to help individuals find work and companies find workers. To achieve this, Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) develops, designs, funds and administers programs to meet the specific workforce needs of the companies and people in Clark County, Cowlitz County and Wahkiakum County and to further the region’s economic growth and viability.

Our private and public partnerships include collaboration with business, education, government, labor, community organizations and cross-state workforce agencies.

Our investments contribute to regional economic growth and business sustainability by helping to create and support the skilled workforce necessary for a thriving community.

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Business

We help businesses be successful and competitive by investing in employment and training services that help companies find and hire the employees they need. We use our expertise, funds, partners and resources to enhance worker skills and productivity to enable key regional industries to prosper.

Adult worker investments

Adults

We help individuals increase their earning potential and become self-sufficient by investing in training and education programs that give people the skills they need to get and keep jobs. Career coaching, workshops and other services we fund help career changers, first-time job seekers and those impacted by layoffs to improve skills to get jobs or advance in their careers.

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Young Adults (16-24)

We help young people complete their education and prepare for work by investing in programs that help them obtain a GED or high school diploma, learn job skills, participate in training, enter college or find a job.

Our Impact

Our team is constantly working to connect more people with the right jobs for them. We’re proud of the impact we’ve made, knowing that there is always more to do.

  • Since 2003, we’ve invested nearly $70 million to get people working in Southwest Washington.
  • With our partners, we help more than 30,000 people a year improve their skills, find jobs or advance their careers.
  • Annually, we work with more than 200 businesses and community partners to get their workers and young people the training they need to be competitive.
  • Our programs help generate more than $305 million in annual wages for the region’s economy.
  • From July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 we invested more than $5.3 million or 94 percent of our annual budget to improve the quality of the region’s workforce and support the growth of area businesses.
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