Programs we support help people obtain jobs or the training they need to get a job or advance in their career.
We bring together business and industry, 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 businesses and that our system resources are interwoven, streamlined and effective.
We work with 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.)
Apprenticeships are stepping stones that allow an individual to move into a new career, even if that person has little or no work experience in their chosen field.
Apprentices get paid to learn as they receive valuable training and mentorship, further their education and develop the skills and knowledge that will help them become valued professionals.
We created our Apprenticeship Guide to help adults, youth, career counselors, parents, CTE directors, teachers and others find apprenticeship programs. It can also be used as a resource for businesses that are interested in starting their own apprenticeship programs.
Through our partnership with the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC), we are investing in healthcare training and providing access to healthcare training for underrepresented populations in Southwest Washington and Oregon. Through this investment, the CWWC has seen an increase in people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities working in healthcare from CNAs to Medical Assistants to RNs.
As one of only four regions in the state to receive funding through Governor Inslee’s Economic Security for All initiative, our partnership with Lower Columbia Community Action Program, the Dept. of Social and Health Services and WorkSource is designed to help residents of neighborhoods in South Kelso and The Highlands in Longview move out of poverty.
Called Thrive, our three-pronged approach includes training to move residents into higher-wage jobs, employer participation and support services, and neighborhood revitalization.
Thrive focuses on individuals receiving public assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and individuals who are eligible to receive SNAP, but are not yet enrolled and have an income between 100 percent and 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
With Habitat for Humanity and the Neighborhood Resource Coordination Council, we are supporting the implementation of neighborhood revitalization plans in South Kelso and The Highlands.
Through partnerships with business, we are helping to create a system that keeps residents from losing benefits as their salary increases and identifying career pathways in our region’s four major sectors that will lead them to a long-term family-wage career.