Young Adult
Job Seekers

(16-24 years old)

Young adults in an engineering lab

Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) is here for you!

If you are 16 to 24 years old and do not have a high school diploma, you may qualify for free assistance to obtain a GED or complete high school, assess your skills and career interests, obtain training or find a job. Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) (formerly the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council) funds these programs, so the services are free to you.

Some examples of programs and services include:

  • Tutoring, study skills training
  • High school drop-out prevention/alternative school
  • Paid and unpaid work experience
  • Occupational skills training
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Financial literacy education
  • Entrepreneurial skills training
  • Mentoring, guidance and career coaching
  • Job search assistance (writing a resume, interview practice)
  • Access to job openings
  • Career development and assistance
  • Information and referrals to other resources (i.e., housing, childcare, food, transportation)

To learn more, contact these organizations:

Clark County

Educational Service District 112 (ESD112) Connect2Careers

Deb Drandoff, Connect2Careers Program Coordinator 360.952.3459, deb.drandoff@esd112.org.
ESD 112, Connect2Careers, 2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98661.

Serves: Young adults 16-24 years of age who are low income or have disabilities. GED or high school diploma support services, work experience, skills training, computer classes.

 

Partners in Careers
Morgan Parker, YouthFirst Program Coordinator, 360.696.8417 x129, morgan@swwpic.org.
Partners in Careers, YouthFirst Program, 3210 NE 52nd Street, Vancouver, WA 98663.

Assists: Individuals to become economically self-sufficient by providing case management, GED services, resources, vocational training and job placement.

 

YouthBuild Vancouver
Andrew Westlund, YouthBuild Project Director, 360.696.8417 x 128, andrew@swwpic.org.
Partners in Careers, YouthBuild Vancouver, 3210 NE 52nd Street, Vancouver, WA 98663

Assists: Young people who have not completed high school with obtaining a diploma or GED, community service, college and career counseling and real-world construction skills to prepare them for the future of work and self-sufficiency.

 

Youth Works (Career Readiness)
If you are a Clark County high school student, your school district may participate in Catalyst, an online tool that can connect you with local companies for job shadowing and mentoring. Learn more at www.catalystwa.org. School districts and community partners interested in learning more can contact Morgan Parker at morgan@swwpic.org.

Cowlitz County and Wahkiakum County

Goodwill Work Opportunity Center of Cowlitz County

Katie Miles, Youth Services Manager, 360.501.8358, katiem@goodwillwa.org
Work Opportunity Center of Cowlitz County, 1030 15th Avenue, Suite 300, Longview, WA 98632.

Provides: Supportive services for youth involved in the courts system or who have dropped out of high school, GED preparation, basic office skills training and jobs, training and educational opportunities.

 

Educational Service District 112 (ESD112) Connect2Careers
Christine Katon, Youth Workforce Specialist, 360.355.3119, Christine.katon@esd112.org
ESD 112, Connect2Careers, 1217 14th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632.

Serves: young adults 16-24 years of age who are low income or have disabilities. GED or high school diploma support services, work experience, skills training, computer classes.

Additional Resources

For Additional Information About Our programs for Youth and Young Adults

Contact Miriam Martin, Youth Initiatives Manager at mmartin@workforcesw.org.