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In the Media

Recent news articles featuring Workforce Southwest Washington’s projects and programs.

Media inquiries, please contact Julia Maglione, or 360.567.3176.

Press Releases


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


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


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 29, 2017 – Computer Training Orientation Weekly at WorkSource


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


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


May 16, 2017 – Wahkiakum WorkSource Events on May 24
May 22, 2017 – Youth Employment Summit on May 23


April 12, 2017 – Workforce Southwest Washington Seeking Proposals for IT Support and Maintenance


March 28, 2017 – Wahkiakum Career Day March 29 – Media Advisory
March 21, 2017 – WorkSource hosting Construction Orientation on March 31
March 14, 2017 – Workforce Southwest Washington Announces New Board Members
March 7, 2017 – WorkSource workshop at Wahkiakum Community Center on March 20
March 1, 2017 – Companies Sought for Wahkiakum Career Day on March 29

You can also access an archive of press releases, past and present.

In the Media


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)


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 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 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


You can also access an archive of WSW In the Media.

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