Manufacturing is one of our region’s most important industries and a key contributor to the economies of both Southwest Washington and neighboring Oregon.

To help manufacturers in both states meet their workforce needs, we partner with the workforce councils in nearby Oregon. Working together as the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC), we meet with businesses to learn about their needs and bring together resources in education, training and employment services to help manufacturers attract and hire new talent or improve the skills of their existing employees.

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Resources for Manufacturers

Manufacturing Labor Market Report 2021 – This report is a state of the industry workforce in the areas served by WSW and its partners in the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC).

Manufacturing Workforce Plan 2019-2021 – Led by manufacturers and the needs they identified, we created a regional workforce development plan with partners at CWWC.

Manufacturing Video – Hear from some of Southwest Washington’s leading manufacturers.

Strengthening the Sector through Partnership

The CWWC follows the Next Generation Sector Partnership model to overcome issues and embrace opportunities in the industry in the Portland-Southwest Washington metropolitan area. The industry-led, community-supported partnerships strengthen the regional economy and connect people to quality jobs.

Supported by Next Gen’s staff, the CWWC is committed to:

  • Fostering authentic and sustained industry leadership
  • Coordinating across public partners in education, workforce and economic development
  • Harnessing the capacity of multiple public and private partners

Partners include industry leaders, community organizations, chambers of commerce, economic development councils, K-12, community colleges and universities. The holistic approach supports a regional manufacturing industry sustainable into the future.

Meet Your Manufacturing Rep

As Senior Project Manager for Manufacturing, Alyssa is your workforce development partner. She wants you to know about and benefit from the employment and training services funded through Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW).

From employee recruiting to training and retention, Alyssa can assess your workforce needs, identify opportunities, help develop solutions and connect you to resources to help your business grow and thrive.

Prior to joining WSW, Alyssa was a Vet Corps Navigator with the WA Department of Veterans Affairs. Based at Lower Columbia College, she assisted returning veterans and their families with reintegration, including helping them develop education goals and enroll in training and education programs.

A Navy veteran, Alyssa spent her time on the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) as a Quartermaster or navigation expert, performing ship control, driving, plotting, handling bridge watch duties and maintaining deck logs.

After leaving the service, Alyssa returned home to Longview and began her civilian career.

Alyssa Joyner, Senior Project Manager – Manufacturing

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Reach out to Alyssa to schedule a meeting so you can learn about workforce development services for your manufacturing business.

Get Involved

To get involved in our manufacturing panel, receive notices of manufacturing meetings and/or the manufacturing e-newsletter, or get conntects to resources for manufacturing companies, please contact Alyssa Joyner, Senior Project Manager – Manufacturing. Email Alyssa or call at 503.410.0408.

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