Programs supported by Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) help people obtain jobs or the training they need to get a job or advance in their career.
We bring together partners, including employers, community-based organizations and nonprofits, training and education providers, economic development and government agencies, to identify community needs. We then design programs, coordinate services and invest funds and resources to improve the skills individuals need so they can get work.
We make sure education and training programs meet the needs of regional employers and that our system resources are interwoven, streamlined and effective.
WSW works with our community partners to address high rates of poverty, reduce welfare dependency and enhance productivity in our community by supporting programs and initiatives that promote economic self-sufficiency.
Each year, more than 30,000 people access employment and training services through WorkSource centers in Kelso and Vancouver. Services include:
- Job search assistance
- Access to job openings
- On-the-job training
- Internships and work experiences
- Training and skill development
- Supportive Services (clothing for employment, transportation assistance, childcare, etc.)
- Information and referrals to other resources (i.e., services for people with disabilities, help with housing, etc.)
The Opportunity Partnership Program (OPP) is an excellent example of the type of program WorkSource is proud to offer. Through this program, individuals graduating from college later in life (many in their 40s or 50s) can transition back to work through internships in their field of study. In addition to providing on-the-job experience, OPP offers job seekers the chance to gain valuable experience and contacts with individuals who can help them pursue their chosen careers.