Technology is here to stay. Because of this, the technology industry in our region is expected to grow 32 percent with 10,000 new jobs projected by 2022.

If you employ individuals in technology jobs, you may have noticed this rapid growth is creating a shortage of skilled and experienced workers to fill your jobs. In collaboration with economic development agencies and education and training providers, we worked with businesses that hire technology workers to identify the gaps between the supply of skilled workers and business needs. We then developed a plan to direct and guide workforce system activities and investments to bring workforce supply and demand together.


Partners in Innovation

WSW is engaged in local and regional initiatives to prepare the workforce for jobs in information technology, software and digital technology.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses continue to recruit and hire employees. To help our local companies fill their positions with skilled workers, we have increased the use of technology for talent recruiting, job search and career opportunities. From virtual hiring events to online training and certification courses, we are meeting the needs of business in new ways.


To increase the pool of skilled talent available to Southwest Washington companies, we have partnered with LinkedIn Learning to provide short-term training in pre-designed career pathways that lead to skills local businesses tell us they need.

The following pathways are available for individuals living in Clark, Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties in Washington state.

  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Project Management
  • Courses to prepare for CompTIA A+ and CompTIA A+ Network certifications
  • Agile Software Developer
  • SQL Developer
  • Java Programmer
  • Microsoft Office

Upon completion of the training, individuals are placed into WSW’s qualified talent pool and are available for local companies to interview and hire. For individuals interested in learning more, click here.

Companies wanting their existing Southwest Washington employees to learn these skills can enroll them for training.

If your company is hiring and looking for talent or wanting to train your current employees, contact us today!

For additional information about programs for technology employers, contact Darcy Hoffman, Director of Business Services, at or 360.567.3172.

Additional information:

  • Technology Workforce Plan 2017-2019 – The Tech Talent Strategy Plan identifies and addresses tech industry workforce challenges.
  • Technology Sector Report – Released in mid-2018, this report is a state of the technology workforce in the areas served by WSW and its partners in the Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative (CWWC).
  • Job seekers can learn more about tools and resources available to help them get a job or advance in their careers on the WorkSource website at
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