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Press Releases

October

October 12, 2018 – Report provides insight into state of the region’s workforce
October 9, 2018 – Assistance available for workers laid off from Columbia River Logistics
October 5, 2018 – Manufacturing Day October 9
October 2, 2018 – WSW Announces New Board Member, Monte Constable

September

September 21, 2018 – More than 160 attend annual Vancouver Tech Tour
September 12, 2018 – 2nd Annual Vancouver Tech Tour on September 18
September 4, 2018 – WSW Accepting Business Nominations for Workforce Awards

July

July 18, 2018 – WSW Announces New Board Members
July 19, 2018 – New Board Officers for WSW

June

June 13, 2018 – WSW promotes two in fiscal department

May

May 2, 2018 – Workforce plan open for public comment
May 8, 2018 – WorkSource to host hiring event for veterans
May 8, 2018 – Registration open for finding talent workshop for business
May 17, 2018 – Info session for Camas Mill Workers hosted by WorkSource

April

April 9, 2018 – Youth Employment Summit is April 10
April 5, 2018 – Seats available for Managing Generations in the Workplace workshop
April 9, 2018 – WorkSource to host hiring event for Camas Mill employees facing layoffs
April 12, 2018 – Youth employment remains stagnant
April 24, 2018 – Workforce SW WA announces new board member

March

March 20, 2018 – WSW names Kevin Perkey new CEO
March 15, 2018 – WSW announces Workforce Excellence Award Winners
March 8, 2018 – Registration open for Managing Generations in the Workplace Workshop
March 8, 2018 – WSW seeks quotes for video production

February

February 1, 2018 – Registration open for February 28 workforce workshop
February 6, 2018 – Registration open for February workforce workshop in Cowlitz County

January

January 25, 2018 – WSW launches Cowlitz County workforce workshop series
January 25, 2018 – WSW launches Clark County workforce workshop series
January 25, 2018 – WorkSource in Kelso to host health care hiring event January 31
January 17, 2018 – Companies sought for Feb. 15 Castle Rock-Toutle Lake Career Day
January 16, 2018 – WSW CEO to retire, applications being accepted
January 5, 2018 – WorkSource to host hiring event January 10

December

December 19, 2017 – Nominations of Cowlitz & Wahkiakum businesses being accepted for workforce awards
December 18, 2017 – WSW announces Clark County workforce excellence award recipients
December 7, 2017 – WorkSource to host hiring event December 13

October

October 17, 2017 – New Members Join Workforce Southwest Washington Board
October 3, 2017 – Demystifying Manufacturing for Young Adults

September

September 22, 2017 – WSW Receives Grant for Youth-created Mural and Work-skills Project
September 21, 2017 – BIA, SWCA & WSW Launch Construction Workforce Plan
September 11, 2017 – Vancouver Tech Tours September 19
September 7, 2017 – Nominations Sought for Employer Workforce Awards

August

August 29, 2017 – Computer Training Orientation Weekly at WorkSource

July

July 13, 2017 – New Program Provides Mechatronics Training and Job Skills
July 6, 2017 – Proposals sought for youth center focus groups & brand development

June

June 27 2017 – Computer Training Available for Unemployed & Underemployed
June 15, 2017 – Workforce Development Key to Economic Growth (Op-Ed)
June 13, 2017 – Cowlitz Business Reps Sought for WSW Board
June 12, 2017 – William Westmoreland Joins Workforce SW WA

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In the Media

2018

Governor highlights manufacturing jobs
South Sound Business, October 4, 2018

Customer’s obstacles don’t stop WorkSource from doing what it does best
Employment Security Department, #PowerofaJob, October 4, 2018

Community members attend annual Tech Tour
Vancouver Business Journal, October 5, 2018

WSW appoints new board member
The Columbian, October 6, 2018

C-Tran, Workforce partner on passes
The Columbian, October 11, 2018

Nominations for workforce development awards sought
The Columbian, September 5, 2018

Workforce SW WA accepting business nominations for Workforce Awards
Vancouver Business Journal, September 7, 2018

Greater Portland Inc’s annual economic summit will focus on talent to lure businesses to Portland
Portland Tribune, September 10, 2018

Clark County’s Largest Nonprofit Organizations
Vancouver Business Journal, September 12, 2018

Tech Tour set for Tuesday in downtown Vancouver
The Columbian, September 12, 2018

Proposed Kelso mural causes controversy
The Daily News, September 18, 2018

Kelso City Council approves mural design
The Daily News, September 19, 2018

Vancouver’s booming tech industry
TheLens.News, September 21, 2018

Opportunities available!
Cowlitz Economic Development Council, In the Loop, September 2018

Jungers on Workforce SW board
Wahkiakum County Eagle, August 2, 2018

Clark County will decide on Council hair position
Vancouver Business Journal, August 3, 2018

General Sheet Metal
Daily Journal of Commerce – Oregon, August 7, 2018

Goodwill, Norpac collaborate on training program
The Daily News, August 8, 2018

Health care plan and grant funds to address growing industry’s workforce needs
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Business Connections, August 2018 (Page 8)

#Powerofajob:  Searching for “the unemployment office,” job seeker instead discovers herself
Employment Security, August 8, 2018

Construction landscape laced with uncertainty
Vancouver Business Journal, August 17, 2018

Nearly 800 free backpacks distributed at Woodland Public Schools’ Back to School Bash
Clark County Today, August 27, 2018

Workforce Rising: Part 1 Jobs for all
Portland Tribune, July 17, 2018

Clark College transforms through Guided Pathways
Vancouver Business Journal, July 20, 2018

Five free employment services available to businesses
Vancouver Business Journal, July 20, 2018

People in Business – WSW Board Updates
The Columbian, July 30, 2018

11 Ways your company can benefit by hiring veterans
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Business Connections, July 2018 (Page 8)

Class of 2018: A total turnaround
The Columbian, June 3, 2018

After Georgia-Pacific cut up to 300 employees, workers trying to find footing
The Columbian, June 4, 2018

Skilled tech workers are in high demand in region
Vancouver Business Journal, June 8, 2018

Agendas for the week’s government meetings
The Columbian, June 17, 2018

Next: Center aims to help ‘opportunity youth’ in county
The Columbian, June 19, 2018

Movers & Shakers – Barri Horner & Kathy Ashley
Vancouver Business Journal, June 22, 2018

Juneteenth offers fun, serious discussion
The Columbian, June 22, 2018

In Our View: Cheers & Jeers
The Columbian, June 23, 2018

How Oregon Works: The jobs and skill that are most in demand
Portland Business Journal, June 29, 2018

Education to Employment: Building pathways and partnerships
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Business Connections, June 2018 (Pages 10 and 11)

As job openings abound, employers look to younger workers
The Columbian, May 13, 2018

Layoffs underway at Camas paper mill
KGW News, May 21, 2018

WorkSource to host event to help Camas mill workers with their job search
ClarkCountyToday.com, May 22, 2018

Four strategies for growing business the Clark County Way
Vancouver Business Journal, May 25, 2018

Aligning Education with Business Needs
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Business Connections, April 2018 (Page 12)

Battle Ground family among many that struggle as wages stagnate
The Columbian, April 1, 2018

Youth Employment Summit
KOIN-TV, April 10, 2018

Building a foundation for women in construction
Vancouver Business Journal, April 13, 2018

Employment of youth remains stagnant despite strong regional economy, says local report
Business Tribune, April 16, 2018

Movers & Shakers – Ralph Clark
Vancouver Business Journal, April 24, 2018

People in Business – Ralph Clark
The Columbian, April 29, 2018

WSW names Kevin Perkey new CEO & Cowlitz County organizations awarded for Excellence in Workforce Development
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Business Connections, April 2018 (Pages 1, 10 and 11)

Investigate your world by understanding code
Vancouver Business Journal, March 16, 2018

Local organizations receive workforce excellence awards
The Daily News, March 19, 2018

New website helps connect employers and career seekers
Clark County Today, March 19, 2018

Workforce Southwest names new CEO
The Columbian, March 21, 2018

Nonprofit Workforce Southwest Washington names Kevin Perkey as new CEO
The Oregonian, March 21, 2018

Networking event slated for Georgia-Pacific mill workers
The Columbian, March 22, 2018

County Councilor Olson to run for re-election
The Reflector, March 27, 2018

Any industry can grow its own skilled workforce through apprenticeships
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Business Connections, March 2018 (Pages 9 and 13)

Clark College markets to construction companies
Vancouver Business Journal, February 23, 2018

Clark County manufacturing about to see a boom
Vancouver Business Journal, February 16, 2018

Connect with local employers at the Feb 22 industry fair
Vancouver Business Journal, February 16, 2018

Business involvement key to training next group of workers
Vancouver Business Journal, February 9, 2018

Workforce Plan looks to increase diversity, retain workers
Vancouver Business Journal, February 9, 2018

Workforce Southwest Washington launches workshop series
Vancouver Business Journal, February 2, 2018

Developing and nurturing tomorrow’s workforce
Vancouver Business Journal, February 2, 2018

Any industry can grow its own skilled workforce through apprenticeships
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Business Connections, February 2018 (Pages 9 and 13)

Camas mill will lay off workers starting May 1
The Columbian, January 31, 2018

Price Foundation seeks grant applicants
The Columbian, January 31, 2018

New workshop series helps businesses find employees in tight labor market
Daily Insider, January 30, 2018

Companies needed at career day event
The Daily News, January 29, 2018

Pierce WDC exec to chair Washington Workforce Association
Business Examiner, January 22, 2018

Workforce SW Washington CEO to retire; applications being accepted
Vancouver Business Journal, January 19, 2018

Workforce Southwest Washington CEO retiring
The Columbian, January 17, 2018

New grant to bolster employment efforts
The Lens, January 16, 2018

Partners along the path
Clark College Foundation, Partners Magazine, January 2018

Young adults in Cowlitz County unaware of local companies – Career Day aims for change
WSW accepting business award nominations
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Business Connections, January 2018 (Pages 7 and 20)

CEDC on the Go – WorkSource photo
Cowlitz Economic Development Council, In the Loop, January 2018 (Page 3)

2017

Firms honored for innovation, excellence
The Columbian, December 21, 2017

Tapani builders who build on family
The Columbian, December 17, 2017

State grant to fund apprenticeships in science, technology: $740K earmarked for job training in SW WA
The Columbian, December 11, 2017

Lawmakers look ahead to 2018 legislative session
The Columbian, December 8, 2017

Industry fair at Battle Ground Public Schools seeks employers
The Columbian, December 4, 2017

Vancouver security firm honored for hiring vets
The Columbian, November 9, 2017

People in Business (Bianca Kolle, Robert Harris)
The Columbian, October 22, 2017

Realtors group to award grants
The Columbian, October 20, 2017

Workforce Southwest connects students to local manufacturers
The Columbian, October 18, 2017

Clark College program: RAMP to success for students
The Columbian, October 18, 2017

Workforce gets $20,000 grant for teen art program
The Columbian, October 11, 2017

Silicon Forest participates in Manufacturing Day
Silicon Forest Electronics newsletter News from the Forest

WorkSourceWA.com launches new web page to help retailers fill open jobs
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce Business Connections (page 6)

Construction jobs, networking headline event
The Columbian, September 29, 2017

Tech tours tapping into Vancouver’s “hidden” tech workforce
The Columbian, September 24, 2017

Tech community event slated for September 19
The Columbian, September 11, 2017

Awards nominations for innovative business open
The Columbian, September 8, 2017

CREDC puts focus on talent
The Columbian, September 4, 2017

Coming Events – Community Center in Cathlamet
Wahkiakum County Eagle, August 31, 2017

Coming Events – Community Center in Cathlamet
Wahkiakum County Eagle, August 24, 2017

Free training offered to jobless, underemployed
The Columbian, August 30, 2017

Avoiding potholes of past to focus on future success
Vancouver Business Journal, August 18, 2017

Public-Private Training Program Leads to Candidate Pipeline and Jobs
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Business Connection, August 2017 (page 5)

In Our View: Right Way to Provide Aid – Bridgeview resource center takes smart approach to services for those in need
The Columbian, July 28, 2017

Bridgeview resource center breaks ground
The Columbian, July 26, 2017

Industrial Internship gives Washington at-risk youth a boost
U.S. News & World Report, July 24, 2017

Industrial internship gives at-risk youth a leg up
Daily News, July 16, 2017

Mechatronics program to provide job training
The Columbian, July 15, 2017

Connecting youth to careers in manufacturing
Vancouver Business Journal, July 14, 2017

Workforce SW WA: Proposals for focus groups & brand development for youth services due Monday
Vancouver Business Journal, July 12, 2017

Organizations sought to run focus group on youth
The Columbian, July 7, 2017

Computer programming training offered for free
The Columbian, June 30, 2017

WorkSource offering computer programming training at no-cost to unemployed/underemployed
Vancouver Business Journal, June 28, 2017

High employment has Clark County businesses scouring for workers
The Columbian, June 25, 2017

Officials looking to renew area’s IPZ status
Vancouver Business Journal, June 9, 2017

Teens practice interviews, get hired at Employment Summit
The Columbian, June 7, 2017

Mechatronics program preview set for Wednesday
The Columbian, June 1, 2017

Jobs change lives!
Wahkiakum County Eagle, June 1, 2017

WorkSource hosting events next week
Wahkiakum County Eagle, June 1, 2017

WorkSourceWA.com launches hospitality industry page to help fill jobs
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Business Connection, June 2017 (page 27)

Quest for Summer Jobs
The Columbian, May 21, 2017

WorkSource hosting events next week
Wahkiakum County Eagle, May 18, 2017

Employers, students meet at career fair
Wahkiakum County Eagle, April 6, 2017

WorkSource, Construction firms to offer free train-to-hire program
Daily News, March 28, 2017

Tapani to offer full-time jobs at the end of free training program
The Reflector, March 28, 2017

At Woodland firm, vets rank high
The Columbian, March 28, 2017

New Early Head Start program to begin in Kalama as part of $1.6 million grant for ESD 112
Daily News, March 25, 2017

WorkSource at the Community Center in Cathlamet
Wahkiakum County Eagle, March 23, 2017

Woodland transportation company strives to leave no soldier behind
Daily News, March 22, 2017

Construction companies seek applicants for training program with full-time job at the end
Daily Insider, March 22, 2017

Construction hiring expands in Clark County – WorkSource will hold classes to train new workers
The Columbian, March 22, 2017

Business Briefs – WSW adds board members
The Columbian, March 19, 2017

Fixing the mismatch: Training, education key to reducing unemployment
Daily News, March 15, 2017

How can Cowlitz County create more jobs?
Daily News, March 11, 2017

Library partners with WorkSource
Daily News, March 11, 2017

Job fair scheduled March 29 at WHS
Wahkiakum County Eagle, March 1, 2017

Engaging with youth connects your business to future employees and customers
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Business Connection, March 2017 (page 28)

Battle Ground opens this year’s industry fair to all
The Columbian, February 21, 2017

Workforce SW Washington seeks bids for social media plan
Vancouver Business Journal, February 17, 2017

Job fair scheduled March 29 at WHS
Wahkiakum County Eagle, February 17, 2017

Workforce Southwest Washington seeks bids for development of social media plan
Daily Insider, February 10, 2017

Business & education: Creating the workforce we need
Vancouver Business Journal, February 3, 2017

OpEd: Employers tell us STEM jobs demand a career pathway
Vancouver Business Journal, February 3, 2017

WorkSource hosts fair about training for manufacturing and technology jobs Feb. 9
The Daily Insider, February 3, 2017

Startup Weekend Event Cancelled
The Columbian, February 2, 2017

WaferTech Hiring Event at WorkSource on February 3
The Daily Insider, January 31, 2017

Startups take center stage at weekend workshop
Vancouver Business Journal, January 27, 2017

Panelists: strong workforce and infrastructure are key
The Columbian, January 20, 2017

New resident takes over community center duties
Wahkiakum County Eagle, January 12, 2017

 

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