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. Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW), in collaboration with economic development agencies and education and training providers, worked with businesses that hire technology workers to identify the gaps between 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.

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Partners in Innovation

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

Applied Digital Technology Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ)

ipz-logoThe IPZ is an initiative designed to grow and support technology companies in downtown Vancouver and East Vancouver/Camas by cultivating partnerships between private business, area education, economic development, workforce training and local governments. Learn more at

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).
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